Four arrested in major Stanford Shopping Center theft

Merchandise valued in tens of thousands of dollars recovered by police

Four men who stole a delivery truck containing clothing worth tens of thousands of dollars have been arrested, according to the Palo Alto Police Department.

Police received a call on Thursday, April 21, at about 9:19 p.m. that a large delivery truck, a 2005 Freightliner, had been stolen from Stanford Shopping Center at 180 El Camino Real. Two delivery workers had been dropping off goods to one of the Gap apparel stores at the time.

But police snagged the alleged thieves in large part because one of the delivery employees had left his cell phone charging in the truck. The pair were able to use tracking software to locate the stolen phone at El Camino Real and Stanford Avenue. They provided the information to police dispatchers, the department said.

Arriving officers found the stolen truck parked at the rear of Starbucks Coffee at 2200 El Camino Real, with a van pulled up next to it. The officers saw men loading boxes from the stolen truck into their vehicle. Four men fled on foot when they saw officers, who chased the suspects and arrested them nearby without incident. The suspects and the officers were not injured, police said.

The delivery truck contained boxes of new Gap clothing. Police recovered all of the stolen property at the scene and allowed the workers to continue their deliveries. By the time the officers arrived and arrested the four, they had offloaded 33 boxes containing over $45,000 in new clothing into a 2011 Chevrolet Express. A license plate on the back of the van had been reported stolen in San Jose in December 2015, police said.

A police dashboard-camera video of the incident and the arrests showed a fifth suspect. He emerged from the shadows around the stolen van and then disappeared after the other four suspects ran. That person is unknown and remains at large. He appeared to be a Hispanic male in his 30s wearing a hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans, police said.

The four men were booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for vehicle theft, possession of stolen property, grand theft, and conspiracy -- all felonies -- and misdemeanor resisting arrest for fleeing from police detention. The men posted bail, but fingerprint matches revealed that three of the men had provided fictitious names to police and jail staff. Detectives will be seeking additional felony charges against the three men for providing the fictitious names, police said.

The men who used the fictitious names have been verified by fingerprint matches as Vincente Ramirez, 50, who has no known permanent address; Carlos Xavier Zhune, 26, of Los Angeles; and Jorge Luis Gonzalez, 40, of Los Angeles. The fourth man, Antony Lopez, 45, also has no known permanent address, police said.

Police ask that anyone with information about this incident call the Palo Alto Police Department at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to or sent by text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.


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9 people like this
Posted by Steve
a resident of another community
on Apr 28, 2016 at 4:58 pm

so the fingerprint searches were completed AFTER they were granted bail?

Yea, that makes sense...!!!

26 people like this
Posted by Sign of the times
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 28, 2016 at 5:10 pm

Too many poor people, more every day.

Too many wealthy people, more every day.

Too few middle class, fewer every day.

Expect to see more of this as the lower class expands and the middle class disappears.

15 people like this
Posted by Mr.Recycle
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Apr 28, 2016 at 7:31 pm

@Sign of the times - It's an insult to poor people to suggest they are going to become criminals.

12 people like this
Posted by Desperado
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 28, 2016 at 7:33 pm

Desperate people do desperate things, a la Jean Valjean!

25 people like this
Posted by Anna Maria
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Apr 28, 2016 at 8:07 pm

@Sign of the times- Just because people are poor does not give them a right to break the law. Where were you brought up? My grandparents immigrated from Italy. They each worked two jobs, raised four kids that they put through college and did not steal Gap freight trucks. They earned their money. It can be done. No excuses!

Same goes for you Desperado- Now these four guys have Felony records...

9 people like this
Posted by paloaltores
a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 29, 2016 at 2:19 am

It was possible to move from the lower class to the middle class before the baby boomers destroyed this country. The baby boomers had a chance to live with manufacturing jobs, they moved up to the middle class, but they themselves set out to change this economy into a service one, through the influence of greed. Paying chinese and indian workers twice (or more) less than Americans enriched them 10 folds, with complete disregard for their countrymen and women.

$19,250,000,000,000 in debt and counting. All, and I mean *all* because of baby boomer politics, over-zealous lifestyles, complete disregard for the environment, crony capitalism, etc.

9 people like this
Posted by Anonymous tip: enforce immigration laws
a resident of Mountain View
on Apr 29, 2016 at 5:55 am

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