Palo Alto man arrested for U-Haul fires


A Palo Alto man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of stealing gas from U-Haul rental trucks in Mountain View and setting fire to the trucks in July.

Jesse Jakubik, 48, was arrested just after midnight on Thursday after an officer spotted him allegedly sneaking out of a U-Haul facility at 62 W. El Camino Real through a hole in a fence, police said.

Jakubik's pickup truck, which was parked nearby on state Highway 237, contained four five-gallon containers filled with gas and 13 empty five-gallon containers, according to police.

Police believe the gas was stolen from U-Haul rental trucks parked at the facility after finding a rental truck that had a siphon still inserted into the gas tank.

The value of the stolen gas was estimated at about $80, according to police.

During their investigation police found that Jakubik resembled the suspect captured by a security camera setting fire to a U-Haul truck at the same facility on July 20 that ultimately spread and burned eight trucks.

The jacket Jakubik was wearing when he was arrested looked like the same jacket worn by the suspect who set the fire, police said.

Jakubik was booked into Santa Clara County Jail on charges of burglary, unlawfully setting the July 20 fires, prowling on private property, possession of stolen property and violating the terms of his probation, according to police.

He was on probation for a drug-related conviction, police said.

Related story:

Fire torches U-Haul trucks in Mountain View

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Posted by Zogma
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 4, 2011 at 10:57 pm

I wonder if this constitutes a probation violation.

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Posted by Sally
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 5, 2011 at 12:51 am

this guy used to work for me, he had like no teeth. he panhandled as soon as our seasonal job ended, very odd man. now i know to always do extensive background checks!

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Posted by Anymouse
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Sep 6, 2011 at 9:13 am


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Posted by JustMe
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 6, 2011 at 10:44 am

"He was on probation for a drug-related conviction, police said."

This one line explains an awful lot of this story. It is sad, but there it is.

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Posted by Palo Parent
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Sep 6, 2011 at 10:46 am

More like Truckma?

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