With the Christmas season shifting into full gear, it is important that you keep your personal items locked up, and never leave valuables inside your car or unattended for thieves to steal.
30-year-old John Mark Dillinger appeared in Dept 23 in the San Jose Hall of Justice for a misdemeanor PC 496(a) purchase a cell phone knowing that it had been stolen. Dillinger is no stranger to having stolen goods. Dillinger also has a prior felony for possession of stolen property (Case File C1085739).
In August of 2014, Dillinger was found sleeping on the sidewalk near San Carlos Street and Market Street in San Jose. A Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Deputy exited their vehicle to do a welfare check to see if he was okay. After several tries the deputy said he was able to waken Dillinger. The Deputy was able to determine that Dillinger was on searchable probation, which allowed the Deputy check his backpack for identification and for any contraband he might find. Inside the pack was a black iPhone with a pink and purple case. Checking the text messages and voice message it was determined that the owner had been trying to have his cell phone returned.
The deputy tried to contact the phone’s owner, but instead was able to locate that person’s probation officer. He had reported to the probation officer that his phone and bag had been stolen near the intersection of Coleman Ave and Santa Teresa Road in San Jose where he had been staying.
Dillinger’s probation officer was also contacted, and they concluded that he would be placed on a probation hold for the possession of a stolen phone. The Deputy then took Dillinger into custody and booked him into the Santa Clara Main Jail for possession of stolen property.
Dillinger appeared before the Honorable Shelyna V. Brown on Dec 5, 2014 for sentencing. Dillinger was sentenced to serve 76 days in the Santa Clara County Main Jail for the act. Dillinger has already served 38 days and is expected to finish 38 more days straight time before being released on searchable probation.