Three men have been arrested by the Palo Alto Police Department after a recent interrupted residential burglary, and the men are allegedly connected to at least two other recent home break-ins, police announced Sunday, Nov. 4.
Officers responded to the 800 block of Miranda Green Street near Foothill Expressway on a report of a residential burglary Tuesday, Oct. 30, at about 11:20 a.m. They arrived on scene just over three minutes after the incident was reported.
The victim, a woman in her 50s, reported that she had been inside her home when she heard her dog barking. She went outside to see what was bothering her pet, and she saw a strange vehicle backed into her driveway. The vehicle was a gold BMW X-5 sports utility vehicle. As she went to investigate why the car was there, it drove away, police said.
The victim noticed that her unlocked side-yard gate was open. She walked to the side of her home and saw a man standing near an open sliding door to a guest bedroom. There is no access from the guest bedroom to the main house, police said.
The man was holding a tool similar to a crowbar in his hands. When the victim asked who he was, he ran away and exited her yard on the opposite side of the house through another gate. She heard a car door slam, and then saw the same gold BMW X-5 driving north on Miranda Avenue. She noted that the car had a blue paper license plate that may have contained the word "water."
The victim returned to her residence and called police, providing a vehicle and suspect description. The suspects had not stolen any property from the home.
Two officers from the police department's Special Enforcement Detail spotted the suspect vehicle at about 11:50 a.m. in the 2100 block of East Bayshore Road just north of San Francisquito Creek. The gold BMW X-5 had a blue paper license plate that contained the word "Waterford." The officers stopped the vehicle and detained three men for investigation.
The suspects, Bulmaro Sanchez, Jose Angel Jimenez, and Carlos Bribiesca-Martinez, are all 18 years old and residents of East Palo Alto. After investigation police allege the men are responsible for the Miranda Green burglary and two others that occurred in Palo Alto on Oct. 25, police said.
In the first of those cases burglars entered a home in the 2000 block of Princeton Street near Stanford Avenue through an unlocked door between 11:10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. They stole jewelry, electronic items and cash.
The second burglary occurred in the 700 block of Montrose Avenue near Middlefield Road and Sutherland Drive between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. The suspects entered the home through an unlocked window and stole jewelry, electronic items and a safe. Witnesses reported seeing a BMW X-5 in the area at the time of the crimes, police said.
The investigation found that the men were in possession of property stolen from the Princeton Street burglary, and were in possession of burglary tools (a flathead screwdriver). Police were able to return the stolen property to the victim, they said.
Police booked Sanchez, Jimenez and Bribiesca-Martinez into the Santa Clara County Main Jail on three counts of residential burglary, a felony; conspiracy, a felony; and possession of stolen property and possession of burglary tools, both misdemeanors.
Detectives are continuing to investigate if the men are connected to any other recent residential burglaries in Palo Alto. The department said it continues to encourage residents to always close and lock doors and windows whenever leaving home and to lock side-yard gates.
Police said residents should consider becoming involved in the Block Preparedness Coordinator program administered by the city's Office of Emergency Services. More information is available at www.paneighborhoods.org/ep. The next free training class focuses on crime prevention and disaster preparedness and occurs on Nov. 15.
Anyone having information about the recent residential burglaries or these three arrested suspects can contact the police department at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to email@example.com or sent by text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.