A Palo Alto police officer on patrol checking on an occupied vehicle ended up arresting the occupants for allegedly possessing property stolen from several parked cars, according to a police department press release.
At about 11:08 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 28, an officer spotted a green 1999 Ford Explorer parked in the 600 block of Los Robles Avenue. The officer checked on the driver, Gregorio Martin Santa Gadea, 25, and saw a 17-year-old female sleeping in the front passenger seat. When the female woke up, she exhibited symptoms of being under the influence of narcotics, police said.
According to investigators, the two were in possession of property stolen from five separate parked cars. The thefts occurred overnight from Sunday, Oct. 26, to Monday, Oct. 27, from four unlocked cars parked in the 500, 600 and 700 blocks of Kendall Avenue and the 700 block of Chimalus Drive. Recovered items include a laptop, gift cards, personal checks and a wallet. Officers also found methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and illegal prescription drugs.
Gadea, a Palo Alto resident, was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for felony possession of stolen property. Police transported the juvenile, also a Palo Alto resident, to the Santa Clara County Juvenile Hall for felony possession of stolen property, felony possession of methamphetamine and felony possession of illegal narcotics, as well as misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, and misdemeanor possession of a prescription drug without a prescription.
Anyone with information pertaining to this incident is asked to call the 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.