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Palo Alto Police Department
Wednesday April 24th, 2019 :: 07:21 a.m. PDT


News Release: Alert Witness Helps Police Catch Smash and Grab Auto Burglars

Police caught two suspects as they were trying to flee a parking garage where they had just committed auto burglaries. Police booked both suspects into jail.

On Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 9:37 p.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a report of an auto burglary in progress at the public parking garage located at 445 Bryant Street. The caller reported she had seen two male suspects looking into vehicles and then heard glass breaking and the sound of footsteps running. Officers detained two adult males trying to exit the garage who matched the description of the suspects.

Officers located two vehicles in the garage that had their windows smashed. Police found a backpack belonging to the victim of the first vehicle in the garage stairwell and returned it. The victim of the second vehicle located his backpack discarded nearby. Subsequent investigation by detectives determined the detained suspects were responsible for the auto burglaries and had both conspired to commit them.

Police arrested Michael Johnson and Jameson Chirinos Flores, both 18 years old and from Daly City, for two counts of auto burglary and one count of conspiracy to commit auto burglary, all felonies. Police booked both suspects into the Santa Clara County Main Jail.

To deter people from stealing property out of your car, never leave valuables behind and always lock the doors and roll up the windows. Thieves are known to walk by cars and look inside for valuables left in plain view. They will smash a window or open an unlocked door, and then quickly grab your belongings. “Hiding” property in a trunk is not a safe practice either, as some thieves will gamble that there are valuables inside and smash a window to push the trunk release and check.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call our 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to or sent via text message or voicemail to 650-383-8984. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through our free mobile app, downloadable at or

Palo Alto Police Department
275 Forest Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 650-329-2406

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