Police arrest man suspected of stealing laptops

Victim used tracking software to lead police to suspect

Police arrested a Martinez man last week after laptop-tracking software led officers to a suspect in the Waverly Park neighborhood who had a number of devices suspected of being stolen.

The initial report came from a Menlo Park resident, who told Mountain View police that a laptop was stolen from a business near El Camino Hospital on Thursday, Jan. 31. The resident had enabled tracking of the device and told police the laptop was pinging at the 2700 block of Pavo Lane, located off of Grant Road near the Los Altos border, according to police spokeswoman Katie Nelson.

The Menlo Park resident met an officer in the area and and spotted a vehicle with "obscured windows" close to where the laptop was pinging, Nelson said. The man inside appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance and refused to answer questions about the laptop. He was detained and the laptop was recovered, along with "additional" laptops that did not belong to the suspect, Nelson said.

Drug paraphernalia was also located in the vehicle, as well as a "tan substance," according to police.

While being transported in the police car, the suspect allegedly kicked the plexiglass separating the front of the car, causing damage. He was arrested on suspicion of burglary, vandalism and possession of stolen property. He is also suspected of drug possession and being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Editor's note: The Voice's policy is to withhold the names of those arrested for most crimes until the District Attorney has determined there is sufficient evidence to file charges in the case.

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46 people like this
Posted by Random detail
a resident of Martens-Carmelita
on Feb 4, 2019 at 3:06 pm

Oh no! A tan substance!

27 people like this
Posted by Uh huh
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Feb 5, 2019 at 11:48 am

tan substance = likely heroin.
This is the stuff junkies do

97 people like this
Posted by vonlost
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Feb 5, 2019 at 3:07 pm

Kudos to the police this time. A while back we had many computers stolen from a business in San Carlos, which recovery software traced to an address in Hayward. Police in neither San Carlos nor Harward would help, saying a judge would not issue a search warrant based on such software.

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