Palo Alto police stopped a man on a bicycle for a traffic violation last week, only to discover that he had two outstanding warrants for his arrests, was on probation in Los Angeles County and had a cell phone on him that he had stolen earlier out of a truck parked on Bryant Street.
An officer stopped 36-year-old Anthony James Miller of East Palo Alto at about 12:18 p.m. on Feb. 12 on University Avenue and Guinda Street. A records check revealed that Miller had two outstanding warrants in Santa Clara County -- one for felony vehicle theft and one for infraction possession of marijuana. He was also on probation in Santa Clara County for vehicle theft and in Los Angeles County for burglary.
In Miller's pocket was a cell phone, which officers learned he had stolen from a parked, unlocked truck at about 9:35 a.m. on Wednesday. The owner of the truck had parked his car in the 1200 block of Bryant Street and left the car with the window down for about a minute, returning to find his laptop computer and cell phone had been stolen.
He hadn't yet reported the theft to police when police arrested Miller. Police have since returned his cell phone but have not located the laptop.
Police booked Miller into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for a single felony count of possession of stolen property and his outstanding warrants.
Following his arrest, police also discovered that Miller lifted the bike he had been riding from an open garage of a home in the 400 block of Addison Avenue. The owner had left the bike unlocked in the garage and had last seen it on the night of Feb. 11. An additional charge is pending for that case, police said.
Detectives are investigating if Miller may be connected to any other thefts from vehicles or garages. Anyone with information about this incident or this suspect is asked to call our 24- hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.