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Police make arrest in Bloomingdale's burglary case

Four suspected of driving SUV through front-glass doors of Palo Alto department store in 2015, stealing large quantity of jewelry

Two men have been arrested in connection with a May 2015 smash-and-grab burglary at Bloomingdale's at the Stanford Shopping Center after an investigation by Palo Alto police, according to a police department press release.

The incident took place on May 13, 2015, just after 4 a.m. Surveillance footage showed four people in a red sports utility vehicle, which had been reported stolen the day before, reversing and crashing into the glass doors of the El Camino Real side of the department store. The four are seen manually smashing several glass jewelry cases and fleeing with a large quantity of jewelry. The value of the stolen items exceeded $125,000, police said, adding that the estimated damage to the glass doors and cases exceeded $55,000.

An officer found the unoccupied SUV in the 200 block of Palo Alto Avenue. Through forensic evidence obtained from the inside of the stolen SUV, police were able to identify one of the suspects in July 2015 as Bobby Donald Burke, 34, of Antioch. A search warrant was obtained for Burke's home in the 400 block of Grangnelli Avenue in Antioch. Police searched his home on July 15, 2015, and recovered a watch that had been stolen during the Bloomingdale's heist. Police said Burke was in custody in the Contra Costa County Main Jail for an unrelated offense at the time.

Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Burke, and he was arrested at the Contra Costa County Main Jail on Sept. 2, 2015, when he was released for unrelated charges, police said. Burke was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for commercial burglary, grand theft, vandalism, possession of stolen property and vehicle theft (all felonies).

When detectives conducted probation searches related to this case at two Hayward residences, including one in the 200 Block of Culp Avenue, in October 2015, they recovered a bracelet that had been stolen from Bloomingdale's. Investigators identified two additional suspects, a father and son. In January, detectives obtained arrest warrants for James Edward Sandoval, 49, of Hayward, and Joseph Daniel Sandoval, 30, also of Hayward.

On Jan. 27, the elder Sandoval was arrested at Alameda County's Santa Rita Jail when he was released for unrelated charges, police said. He was booked into the Santa Clara Main Jail for commercial burglary, grand theft and vandalism (all felonies).

Detectives have been searching for Joseph Daniel Sandoval but have not be able to locate him.

A woman is thought to be the fourth suspect, but she has not been identified, police said.

Anyone with information about this incident or Joseph Daniel Sandoval's current whereabouts is asked to call the department at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to paloalto@tipnow.org or sent via text message or voicemail to 650-383-8984.

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