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MVPD partners with regional task force in arrest of burglary suspect

A joint effort between a county task force and the Mountain View Police Department resulted in the arrest of a man who had burglarized several lockers at gyms throughout Santa Clara County.

On Dec. 11, 2017, a man, later identified as 36-year-old San Jose resident Efrain Torres, checked into the 24 Hour Fitness on the 500 block of Showers Drive. He then went into the locker room, opened an unsecured locker, and stole a man’s personal items, including the keys to his car. Torres then went outside and stole the man’s car before using the victim’s credit cards at several locations. Officers with MVPD soon identified Torres as the suspect in the case, and learned that he had committed similar burglaries and vehicle thefts in recent weeks, one in Palo Alto on Nov. 25, 2017 and one in San Jose on Dec. 13, 2017. 

On Jan. 2, 2018, Torres checked into the City Sports Gym on Grant Road and this time, he broke into a secure locker and stole a man’s credit cards. MVPD again followed up on the case and through their investigation, learned that Torres had used the cards at several locations. 

Because Torres’ crimes were so widespread, MVPD detectives partnered with one of our own who is currently assigned as a detective with the Regional Auto Theft Task Force (RATTF). RATTF continued to follow up on the case, and on Monday, Jan. 15, our detective and others in RATTF found and arrested Torres in San Jose. 

Torres was arrested on six counts of burglary, six counts of identity theft, five counts of misuse of a credit card, five counts of vehicle theft and a hit and run. Torres also had warrants for his arrest from two other agencies in the Bay Area. 

Torres was booked into the Santa Clara County Jail on $1,000,000 bail.

We are proud of our partnership with RATTF, and we appreciate their assistance in successfully resolving this case. This was great police work by all.