An off-duty Palo Alto police officer helped nab three thieves who allegedly tried to steal 12 drone aircraft from Fry's Electronics in Palo Alto on Thursday, June 2, police Sgt. David Lee said.
The officer was leaving work from police headquarters that evening when he saw a driver allegedly committing a traffic violation on Forest Avenue. He followed the vehicle to the Fry's parking lot, at 340 Portage Ave. While he was calling for officers, at 8:26 p.m. the men entered the store and allegedly took boxes of drone aircraft valued at $3,956. They then attempted to flee the store through the front exit and an emergency exit, Lee said.
When the men saw the officers, they ran back into the building. Police apprehended Matthew Elijah Harrison, 34, and Jerry Dean Glenn, 49, both of Stockton; and Robert Shawn Banister, 33, of Galt.
Harrison was booked for felony burglary, felony conspiracy and misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance; Glenn was booked for felony conspiracy, possession of burglary tools and possession of a controlled substance; and Banister was booked for felony first-degree burglary and felony conspiracy. All three men were booked into the Santa Clara County Mail Jail in San Jose, according to police.