Suspected Gym Auto Burglar Stole Widely

Police believe the smash-and-grab suspect from Los Gatos stole purses and electronics from Palo Alto to Walnut Creek to Campbell, and beyond.


Were you the victim of a smash-and-grab auto break-in in recent months? If it happened while at your local gym, Palo Alto Police may have nabbed your man.

Palo Alto police have arrested a Los Gatos resident who they believe is
responsible for a series of car burglaries in Palo Alto, Campbell, San Jose, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara and San Ramon.

Reynaldo Gomez, 48, is suspected in a string of break-ins in which the thief smashed the windows of cars in gym parking lots, police said.

During the burglaries, the thief generally took purses, bags, and small electronics from the cars, police said.

Police said they tied him to those crimes after he used a stolen credit card at Costco that belonged to a victim in a Palo Alto burglary.

Investigators used the information from Gomez's Costco card to find and arrest him outside a San Jose courthouse on Thursday, where he was scheduled to appear for another matter.

When police performed a probation search of Gomez's residence, they found a wealth of stolen property that linked Gomez to the burglaries,
police said.

Police are still investigating the case and believe there may be additional victims.

Gomez was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for burglary and possession of stolen property, police said.

—Bay City News Service


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