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MV police arrest three burglary suspects

Three people, including two minors, were arrested Wednesday in Mountain View after undercover police officers allegedly found them to be in possession of a bag full of stolen electronics, jewelry and drug paraphernalia. Police said they believe that all three suspects are Sureno gang members.

The three suspects include 22-year-old Rigoberto Lopez, a Sunnyvale man, and two juveniles: a 16-year-old male from Sunnyvale and a 13-year-old female from Redwood City. The three allegedly entered a jewelry store at the 600 block of Escuela Avenue in the afternoon and tried to sell gold jewelry, according to the Mountain View police website.

They were later contacted outside the store by two undercover Mountain View police officers as well as code enforcement officers, who found them to be in possession of stolen property. Items included a meth pipe, various electronics and gold jewelry, according to Sgt. Saul Jaeger of the Mountain View Police Department.

Police arrested the three suspects, and Lopez was charged with possession of stolen property and booked into San Jose Main Jail without bail. Jaeger said police had a warrant for the arrest of Lopez.

Jaeger said there's a growing number of burglaries and thefts where criminals are selling off what they steal to second-hand jewelry stores without any record of the transaction, making it harder to track down stolen property and the thieves.

Mountain View police detective Tim Minor has taken steps to amend a city ordinance that would require these jewelry dealers to document store purchases from private citizens -- including requiring identification.

Jaeger said this case is an example of why the ordinance needed to be updated, and how it can be effective in tracking down thieves in the future.

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Posted by Ha! Off to jail now
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 22, 2014 at 6:46 am

Its a good idea to amend the ordinance, but interestingly, if an ordinance were already in place, these 3 pathetics would have probably not tried to sell their stuff here and would have not been caught. Nice job MVPD.


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 22, 2014 at 6:53 am

It's great that they want to strengthen the ordinance, but what about these gun and ammo stores we have around town? It is my understanding that people can go in to load up on ammo and they don't even keep a record!!! How can police protect our community if they can't track who is buying the stuff that kills?


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Posted by Oops
a resident of Bailey Park
on Aug 22, 2014 at 7:08 am

Hmm, please do not hijack the thread. There are plenty of places to talk about gun control/ammo control issues, plenty of other threads directly related to it all over the internet. This particular thread is not one of them though. Thanks for understanding.


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Posted by Steve
a resident of Shoreline West
on Aug 22, 2014 at 7:09 am

"what about these gun and ammo stores we have around town?"

Yes, we need something to curb the rash of gun-crimes in the city. Oh, wait...


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Posted by Concerned Parking Cone
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Aug 22, 2014 at 9:49 am

There's a jewelry store on Escuela?


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Posted by Good idea
a resident of Bailey Park
on Aug 22, 2014 at 11:27 am

this ordinance may put some out of business if they made ends meet by fencing stolen property. That's good though. We don't need or want any business like that in any form.


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 22, 2014 at 3:23 pm

It is possibly related. The perps were probably trying to raise money to buy bullets from a mv gun store. The last thing we need is to reload criminals weapons!


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Posted by KT
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Aug 22, 2014 at 4:03 pm

Must be this place... Carmen's Joyeria, 593 Escuela Avenue
Mountain View, CA 94040


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Posted by Tom
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 22, 2014 at 4:33 pm

Agree, we should expand the ordinance to require picture ID and fingerprints for selling personal items, as they do in SF. Same requirements for gun and ammo purchases. Let them go somewhere else to pawn loot, and stock up on weapons.


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