The top crime reported by San Jose State University Police occurring at the Martin Luther King Jr. Library is not book theft, or even assault, but bicycle theft.
A felony complaint was filed against 30-year-old Darrell Micah Gray PC 666 (a), for taking an Orange Kent Rage BMX style bike from in front of the Martin Luther King Jr. Library in San Jose. Gray faces charges under PC 466, possession of burglary tools, and PC 1203.2 for probation violation after he used his body weight to break a lock, and ride away with the victim’s bicycle. Gray was stopped by library security staff, however, as he tried to flee with the bicycle.
San Jose State University Police reported finding a set of cable cutters used to steal the bicycle. The “bike cutters” were found in Gray’s jacket pocket after he was searched for weapons, and/or drugs he also might have been carrying. Officers said Gray told them that “a friend of his had forgotten the combination to his bicycle lock, and Gray had agreed to break the lock for his friend”. Gray could not identify the friend and continued to say, “(he had) actually purchased the bicycle from the ‘Mexican dude’ a few days prior, but the ‘Mexican dude’ had stolen the bicycle from Gray”.
The bike cutters found on him were a pair of Channellock brand cable cutters. According to the SJSUPD, These types of cutters are commonly used to cut bike locks. Also located on him was a ‘Green Dot’ credit card, but the name of the credit card holder was not Gray. During a records search, it was found that he also had been previously convicted of petty theft and grand theft.
The card was taken and booked into evidence along with the bolt cutters. The owner of the bicycle was located and told officers that Gray did not have permission to take the bicycle. The bicycle was given back to the rightful owner at the scene. Gray was then booked into the Santa Clara Main Jail for the attempted theft. The next court date has been scheduled 6/14/2014 at 1:30 in Department 24 in front of the Honorable Thang Nguyen Barrett.