Officers patrolling the San Antonio shopping center parking lot spotted a U-Haul van parked outside of the department store on Showers Drive shortly before 11 p.m. on Nov. 1, according to a statement released by Mountain View police Nov. 7. Shortly after, officers received reports from employees that there were people inside the store who had previously stolen things.
One of those people, a 35-year-old man, was stopped by officers outside and was later identified as the person who had rented the U-Haul. Officers searched the truck and found stolen license plates, drug paraphernalia and duffel bags full of police department equipment including handcuffs.
Police confirmed that the equipment was stolen from another department in the Bay Area, but declined to name the agency. Police say the vehicle also contained "paperwork" belonging to an unnamed state agency.
The man was arrested on suspicion of burglary and possession of stolen property.
During the U-Haul search, officers also spoke to a woman at the Kohl's and found out that she knew the man under investigation. Police searched the 28-year-old Livermore resident and found she had a bag containing stolen items from Kohl's.
The woman was staying with the man at Hotel Avante in Mountain View. She was cited for petty theft.
Police say that a third suspect, a man, was present at the scene and was walking with the man who was confronted and eventually arrested by officers. The department is still working to identify the man and apprehend him, according to the statement.
Laptop swiped at Target
A man working at a coffee shop inside a Target in Mountain View told police that a thief grabbed his laptop and fled, making a getaway in a vehicle.
The victim said he was working in the Starbucks cafe area of the department store on Saturday, Nov. 9, when the theft occurred. He was looking down at his phone around 8:40 p.m. when a man came up behind him, grabbed his laptop and left the store, according to police spokeswoman Katie Nelson.
The victim told officers he trailed the thief outside and saw him get in a white sedan and drive away. The suspect is described as a man of unknown ethnicity, wearing a gray hoodie and gray pants.
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