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Officer working overtime shift apprehends would-be thief

A job well done to start off this week post-Thanksgiving.
On Nov. 25 just before 12:30 pm, one of our crime suppression detectives was working an overtime patrol shift when he spotted a Toyota with an expired registration in the area of California Street and Mountain View Avenue. Our detective attempted to make a car stop but the driver quickly sped away from the scene. Rather than chase after the vehicle, our detective drove around in the area in an attempt to try and find the car.
As he turned onto Latham Street from Palo Alto Avenue, our detective found himself facing the suspect car. The driver saw our detective and immediately stopped. More patrol officers arrived on scene and assisted in detaining the driver as well as a female passenger that was also inside.
The driver was detained and the passenger was released shortly from the scene. During the course of their investigation, officers learned that the driver was driving a car with stolen license plates and had burglary tools as well as a gas syphoning kit inside the car. Additional license plates were also found inside the car.
The driver was booked into the Santa Clara County Jail on suspicion of evading a police officer and possession of burglary tools, along with other vehicle code violations. Based on what was discovered inside the car, follow up is being conducted to see if the driver is connected to any other crimes in the area. The driver is not being identified at this time to protect the integrity of the investigation.
Media inquiries can be sent to PIO Katie Nelson at policepio@mountainview.gov.

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