An East Palo Alto man who was arrested by Menlo Park police on Dec. 18 was found with stolen property from a theft that occurred in Palo Alto last month, police said.
Antonio Gonzalez, 26, of East Palo Alto, was arrested during a traffic-enforcement stop at approximately 8:53 a.m. on the 200 block of O'Keefe Street, Menlo Park police said. Officers located numerous items that were determined to have been stolen during a commercial burglary and a vehicle theft that occurred in Ladera.
Police also found stolen items belonging to two victims in a theft that happened last month at Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto, Palo Alto police spokesman Lt. Zach Perron said on Monday night.
On the evening of Nov. 21, a group of women were having dinner outside at the California Pizza Kitchen. Two of them left the table briefly, leaving their purses on the table. An unknown man grabbed the purses and fled, Perron said.
Items of value in the purses included cell phones, iPad, wallets and cash, Perron said.
The man was described as Latino, in his 20s, wearing a red sports cap and with a medium build. He fled in a black, four-door car.
No charges are pending in the Palo Alto case, but Gonzalez could be charged with possession of stolen property in San Mateo County Superior Court, Perron said. He was booked into San Mateo County Jail on Dec. 18.
In addition to the possession of stolen property arrest, Gonzalez was also arrested for committing a felony while on bail, possession of narcotics paraphernalia and driving with a suspended driver's license, Menlo Park police said.