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Police track down suspects in burgaries 30 minutes apart

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Posted: Monday, September 17, 2012 4:08 pm

Morgan Hill Police followed two burglaries – one at Walmart and another at Safeway within 30 minutes of each other – until they caught up with three suspects, including a female juvenile Friday afternoon.

Officers first responded to a report of suspicious people in the parking lot of Walmart, 170 Cochrane Plaza, about 4:13 p.m. Friday, according to Sgt. Troy Hoefling.

The subjects were reportedly seen looking into parked vehicles in the store’s parking lot. When officers arrived, they did not find the suspicious people but while they were there more witnesses reported that three suspects had just run out of the store and exited with the alarm sounding.

Those suspects ran from the store into a white Ford Ranger pickup and fled the area, Hoefling said. A partial license plate number was obtained, and a shopping cart containing about $850 worth of merchandise was left outside the store while the alarm was sounding.

Officers broadcast the vehicle’s description to surrounding officers and agencies, Hoefling said.

Then at about 4:30 p.m., officers were called to another theft incident, at Safeway, 235 Tennant Station, Hoefling said.

The suspects and their associated vehicle in that incident “closely matched” that of the Walmart attempted burglary minutes earlier, police said.

Officers arrived at Safeway and contacted witnesses who pointed out the location of the suspects.

Police located three individuals, two of whom were immediately identified as tied to the Safeway theft, in which two adults were observed pushing a cart containing about $230 worth of stolen merchandise out of the store, Hoefling said.

The investigation determined that all three suspects contacted at Safeway were involved in the theft, police said.

When officers contacted the suspects, Hoefling added that one threw a knife on the ground, and another had an open knife concealed in his waist band.

Arrested on suspicion of burglary and contributing to the delinquency of a minor were Emerson Rodriguez, 19 of Gilroy, and Juan Mendoza, 20 of Gilroy.

Ruiz was further booked on suspicion of possession of a concealed weapon.

The third suspect, a female juvenile, was cited on suspicion of burglary and later released to family members, Hoefling said.

“The Morgan Hill Police Department would like to thank the citizens who took the time to get involved and assist the police when they arrived,” Hoefling added. “By working together, we were able to apprehend the suspects in this case.”

Anyone with more information on this case can call the Morgan Hill police department at (408) 779-2101, or the anonymous tip line at (408) 947-7867.

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  • n2scrapping posted at 3:36 pm on Fri, Sep 28, 2012.

    n2scrapping Posts: 2

    great, can you see if they have all of my stuff they stole after breaking into my home? okay they probably aren't the guys but could you ask just in case [wink]

  • whatithink793 posted at 7:58 am on Sat, Sep 22, 2012.

    whatithink793 Posts: 20

    No surprise here...two more criminals committing crimes who just so happen to have "Z's" in there last name. Right on!! I bet their parents are proud, oh wait....their parents are probably criminal gang members too. I completely agree that there's more to come. Just watch for the "Z"s"

  • hypocrisyhater posted at 4:01 pm on Tue, Sep 18, 2012.

    hypocrisyhater Posts: 234

    Oh, you mean the Antolin Garcia post.

    Yeah...that guy is a piece of work. As is his court-appointed defender.....I'm sure.

  • hypocrisyhater posted at 3:59 pm on Tue, Sep 18, 2012.

    hypocrisyhater Posts: 234

    What 6-month post?

    Did you hit your AA milestone and get a neat little commemorative coin or something?

    Congratulations. Your alcoholism explains a lot. [smile]

  • William Yancey posted at 1:14 pm on Tue, Sep 18, 2012.

    William Yancey Posts: 8

    I like your posts HH. You're 100% right-on. Also the 6-month post. Well said!

  • hypocrisyhater posted at 10:02 am on Tue, Sep 18, 2012.

    hypocrisyhater Posts: 234

    Stay the eff out of our town, Gilroy bangers.

    We need a neighborhood watch group....like the Guardian Angels walking around. Or more cops.

    Stay frosty folks. There are more coming.

  • WhigParty posted at 9:02 am on Tue, Sep 18, 2012.

    WhigParty Posts: 20

    Sweet matching t-shirts!

  • jawz posted at 4:40 pm on Mon, Sep 17, 2012.

    jawz Posts: 18

    good job MHPD and alert Citizens.