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Los Altos Police Department
Tuesday January 19th, 2016 :: 05:01 p.m. PST
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Los Altos Police arrest suspect in connection with multiple burglaries

On January 13, 2016, Los Altos Police were investigating a theft from an unlocked vehicle in the 100 block of Chester Circle in Los Altos. Video footage showed a man on a bicycle opening an unlocked vehicle door and entering the vehicle. A cellular phone was stolen from the vehicle and the owner was able to provide police with tracking information for the cell phone.

The cell phone track led detectives to the downtown area of San Jose where they stopped Juan Carlos Lopez. Lopez was in possession of stolen property from the unlocked vehicle in Los Altos and was also in possession of drug paraphernalia.

While detectives were speaking with Lopez, patrol officers were dispatched to a second burglary, this time in the 4700 Block of El Camino Real. Video footage was quickly relayed to the detectives who were still with Lopez in San Jose. Lopez was positively identified as the suspect in the second burglary on El Camino Real.

Detectives arrested Lopez for burglary, possession of stolen property valued at under $950, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was booked at Santa Clara County Main Jail in San Jose.

The Los Altos Police Department is asking the public to be vigilant in:

  • Securing all parked vehicles by locking doors and rolling up the windows: Locked vehicles and closed windows help prevent thieves who are unwilling to break in from stealing owners’ valuables. Additionally, removing or concealing valuables such as cellular phones, purses, wallets and other items of value will discourage would-be thieves from breaking in or entering the vehicle since they cannot see what they will get for their efforts.
  • Reporting suspicious activity in their neighborhoods (i.e. any individuals exhibiting behavior consistent with “casing” their neighborhood, aggressive solicitors, suspicious vehicles not known to the neighborhood, etc.).  When calling, the public is asked to articulate specific observations, which would substantiate their suspicions.
  • Securing their homes:  Though home burglary was not a factor in this case, residents should take action to secure their homes against burglars. There are a variety of preventative measures community members can take to secure their homes and deter criminal activity.  Some of these techniques include installing burglar alarms, locking perimeter gates and access points, installing exterior motion lights, and video surveillance systems.  Any residents interested in receiving a free home security inspection are asked to contact Community Service Officer Josh Cottrell at (650) 947-2647.


Please report suspicious activity to the Los Altos Police Department at (650) 947-2770. For emergency calls, or suspected in-progress crimes, please dial 9-1-1

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Los Altos Police Department
1 N San Antonio Rd
Los Altos, CA 94022

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Non-emergencies: 650-947-2770

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