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Google burglary bust

It appears that an ex-Googler may have felt he was entitled to a severance package after the company cut him loose last month.

According to Sgt. Sean Thompson with the Mountain View Police Department, officers arrested a former employee of the search giant on suspicion of burglarizing his one-time employer -- twice.

Edwin Barahona-Hernandez, a 26-year-old San Mateo man, was arrested and booked into county jail on suspicion of stealing a number of items, including laptop computers and expensive headphones from Google.

According to police records, shortly after Hernandez was terminated in late April, someone using his ID card and strongly resembling him on surveillance video, entered a Google building at 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway and left with three Apple laptops and a pair of Sennheiser headphones valued at $120.

The incident was reported, but according to Thompson, Hernandez was not brought in for questioning, perhaps because police couldn't track him down.

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Then, on May 14, Hernandez is suspected of striking Google again -- this time with a group of friends.

At about 3:05 a.m. that morning, a van pulled up to a Google building at 1565 Charleston Road, Thompson said. Someone using Hernandez's badge tried to unlock a door, but the badge had been deactivated. The burglar apparently managed to convince a janitor to let him in by flashing his ID card and explaining it wasn't working to unlock the door.

Before the intruder was able to return from inside the building, Google's private security team arrived and detained three men waiting at the van, Thompson said. The security team called police and then obtained the cell number of the man inside -- calling him and convincing him to come out without a fight.

Thompson said the three men in the van were arrested, in addition to Hernandez. Eric Chamale a 21-year-old San Mateo man was arrested on suspicion of burglary and conspiracy; Jose R. Chamale, a 22-year-old San Mateo Man was arrested on suspicion of burglary and possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia; and Leonel Curup, a 27-year-old San Mateo man, was arrested on suspicion of burglary and conspiracy.

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Google burglary bust

by / Mountain View Voice

Uploaded: Thu, May 23, 2013, 1:02 pm

It appears that an ex-Googler may have felt he was entitled to a severance package after the company cut him loose last month.

According to Sgt. Sean Thompson with the Mountain View Police Department, officers arrested a former employee of the search giant on suspicion of burglarizing his one-time employer -- twice.

Edwin Barahona-Hernandez, a 26-year-old San Mateo man, was arrested and booked into county jail on suspicion of stealing a number of items, including laptop computers and expensive headphones from Google.

According to police records, shortly after Hernandez was terminated in late April, someone using his ID card and strongly resembling him on surveillance video, entered a Google building at 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway and left with three Apple laptops and a pair of Sennheiser headphones valued at $120.

The incident was reported, but according to Thompson, Hernandez was not brought in for questioning, perhaps because police couldn't track him down.

Then, on May 14, Hernandez is suspected of striking Google again -- this time with a group of friends.

At about 3:05 a.m. that morning, a van pulled up to a Google building at 1565 Charleston Road, Thompson said. Someone using Hernandez's badge tried to unlock a door, but the badge had been deactivated. The burglar apparently managed to convince a janitor to let him in by flashing his ID card and explaining it wasn't working to unlock the door.

Before the intruder was able to return from inside the building, Google's private security team arrived and detained three men waiting at the van, Thompson said. The security team called police and then obtained the cell number of the man inside -- calling him and convincing him to come out without a fight.

Thompson said the three men in the van were arrested, in addition to Hernandez. Eric Chamale a 21-year-old San Mateo man was arrested on suspicion of burglary and conspiracy; Jose R. Chamale, a 22-year-old San Mateo Man was arrested on suspicion of burglary and possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia; and Leonel Curup, a 27-year-old San Mateo man, was arrested on suspicion of burglary and conspiracy.

Comments

resident
Old Mountain View
on May 23, 2013 at 1:24 pm
resident, Old Mountain View
on May 23, 2013 at 1:24 pm

What was his job at Google?


NW Resident
North Whisman
on May 23, 2013 at 2:23 pm
NW Resident, North Whisman
on May 23, 2013 at 2:23 pm

It seems that the first burglary could've been prevented if Google had required the employee to surrender his badge at the time of termination. If he needed to come back to his work site for anything, it could be done with an escort from security or HR.

Most Silicon Valley companies I'm familiar with do it this way. A lot of resources were spent on a crime that could've been prevented by different personnel practices.


Otto Maddox
Monta Loma
on May 23, 2013 at 2:35 pm
Otto Maddox, Monta Loma
on May 23, 2013 at 2:35 pm

To quote Bugs Bunny, "What a maroon."


dtrain
Whisman Station
on May 23, 2013 at 2:53 pm
dtrain, Whisman Station
on May 23, 2013 at 2:53 pm

This is slightly off-topic, but it pertains to Google.

I'm a little surprised that Google bikes are not stolen more often (maybe they are, they seem to be everywhere). Do you think they have GPS trackers on them? I realize they aren't exactly the best bikes around (and it's akin to a homeless person taking off with a shopping cart), but they are just kinda sitting on campus all night. I've seen a handful of people riding them over 101, but presumably they're just going to Safeway or something.


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