A home invasion robbery that occurred this Monday, March 17, that came on the heels of the arrest of two young adults for home burglary just a half-hour before. According to Milpitas Police Department’s Lt. Greg Mac, “On March 17, 2014 at 8:55 A.M., Milpitas Police Officers responded to the report of a possible burglary in-progress at a residence located on the 1800 block of Shenandoah Ave”.
The home invasion robbery and the burglary occurred just 2.5 miles apart. Both the robbery and burglary were located minutes from 237 and 680 freeway exits, and occurred early in the morning hours when most residents had left for work.
Dispatched officers arrived quickly on the burglary scene and began to set up a road block in an effort to capture the possible suspects. MPD officers spotted a young teenage Hispanic male walking in the back yard of the residence carrying a bag. Officers then watched as a second suspect drive past them in a White Chevy Silverado truck, when the driver stopped to pick up the teenage suspect. Officers detained the driver while he was stopped. They then began to detain and arrest the teenage suspect who had been seen leaving the back yard of the residence. Further investigation found that both suspects had forced their way into a home and had stolen several electronic items.
The suspects were both residents of San Jose. The first suspect was a 16-year-old juvenile with a record of burglary. The second suspect was identified as Luis Osmar Partida. They were booked into Santa Clara County Main Jail in downtown San Jose for the burglary. All items recovered at the scene were returned to the home owner.
In a second press release the Milpitas Police stated, “On March 17th at 9:25 A.M., Milpitas Police officers responded to a report of a home invasion robbery which had just occurred on the 800 block of Canada Drive”. Reports also indicate that this is the same street that the Mayor of Milpitas Jose “Joe” Esteves resides. Esteves said he was aware of the crime and had faith that the MPD would capture those responsible for the crime.
Moments before officers had arrived at the scene multiple suspects had already fled the scene of the crime with different items taken from the home. Lt. Henry Kwong of the MPD said, “Further investigation revealed 4 or 5 unknown race male suspects, one armed with a handgun, entered the residence and stole an undisclosed amount of property from the victim”.
One of the suspects had poised as a UPS driver to gain entry, and the suspects tied up the victim and blindfolded her while they robbed the home. Media reports also say that the suspects left a small amount of marijuana behind, along with the device that looked like a delivery person’s scanner.
Due to the seriousness of this crime, the MPD considers these suspects armed and dangerous. Anyone with any information regarding this case is encouraged to call the Milpitas Police Department at (408) 586-2400. Information can be given anonymously by calling the Crime Tip Hotline at (408) 586-2500 or via the Milpitas Police Department website.
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