On September 24, 2012, the City of Milpitas Police Department received a 9-1-1 emergency phone call alerting officers to a possible burglary at the Arrow Electronics, located at 1680 McCandless Drive in Milpitas. Officers in response drove to the location and set up a perimeter around the building. They detained three men as they left the vacant location, 51-year-old Gregory Matthews Mackin, 50-year-old Jeremy Allen Ring, and 39-year-old Ty Scott Thurston. They had stripped metal and wiring from the building and were on their way out.
A witness had seen them park a vehicle nearby and gain access through a hole in the chain link fence. Responding officers, after a brief confrontation, where able to arrest Mackin, Ring and Thurston without incident.
This was not the first time for Jeremy Allen Ring. He has been previously convicted of four separate first degree burglaries under PC 459-460 (a), and he reportedly became violent during these acts. Gregory Mackin also has a previous felony charge of selling a controlled substance, a violation under the Health and Safety Code 11378. Mackin was also found with drugs on his person after his arrest this time.
However, Thurston had no known record , but he had become increasingly aggressive with police during this incident. He was also charged with delaying and resisting an officer under PC 148 (a) (1) for trying to evade officers during the time of his detainment and arrest.
A plea of No Contest was entered on Dec 20, 2013, and Mackin faced a sentence of 2-years, 8-months in prison based on his plea. No restitution was ordered in behalf of the victim in this case, as they were well aware of the sentencing and sought no further contact with the suspects.
During his detainment Ring wrote a letter to the presiding judge telling him about why he was involved in the incident. He wrote, “Yes, I went into that condemned building. Yes I went in and took some wiring out of the walls”. However, once workers arrived on the scene Ring and the others fled the building with the wiring in the intent to sell the scrap metal.
Sentencing was handed down by Superior Court Judge the Honorable Deborah Ryan in Dept. 30 at 1:30 AM on Feb 2, 2014.