A Morgan Hill man was arrested on New Year’s Eve after he was spotted breaking into cars in a complex on East Middlefield Road.
Around 3:35 am on Sunday, our officers responded to the 100 block of East Middlefield Road after a resident called to report that not only was a car alarm going off, but that she had spotted a man attempting to break into a vehicle. As we were en route, a second call came in from another resident stating that a second car had been burglarized.
We immediately began searching the area for individuals who matched the description of the suspect given to us by residents – a man wearing a dark-hooded sweatshirt and a beanie. One of our officers spotted a man wearing identical clothing at Tyrella and Flynn avenues and stopped him. The man, later identified as 30-year-old Tonato Mills, could not tell officers why he was in the area.
One of MVPD’s K9s, Thor, was able to connect that a Honda sedan parked at a rear gate to the complex had been recently used by Mills. Inside the car, a bag full of burglary tools was found. Mail from residents, a pipe used to smoke methamphetamine, as well as methamphetamine was also found inside the car.
We had received reports of vehicle break-ins as well as mailbox break-ins at that same location a few days before, and at least one other resident noticed that their car had been vandalized that night, though they did state that nothing appeared to have been taken.
Mills was subsequently arrested for burglary, prowling, possession of burglary tools, possession of stolen property, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance and violation of his parole. He was booked into the Santa Clara County Jail.
Yesterday, a follow-up search was done at Mills’ home in Morgan Hill. Gun ammunition (which a convicted felon is not allowed to possess), suspected additional stolen mail and suspected stolen property from a neighboring city were also found.
“This was a great case handled by our officers,” Sgt. Wahed Magee said. “They did a fantastic job in the investigation and in arresting (Mills).”