Construction work sites experience high rate of theft

Construction work sites experience high rate of theft

SAN JOSE – According to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office records, bail was set at $100,000, and later reduced to $50,000 for 37-year-old Juan Antonio Gonzales, who had been charged with PC 484, petty theft, 487 (a), grand theft – of property valued over $950, and PC 148 (a) (1), resisting arrest. Gonzalez has previous record, and was thus additionally charged under PC 667.5(b), for a prior prison term. However, Gonzales failed to appear in the Superior Court for his court date on May 5, 2015 so he had forfeit the bail bond amount of $11,000.

On Saturday, March 14, 2015 a commercial burglary was reported at 1313 Audubon Drive at the Santee Elementary School in San Jose. Suspect Gonzales entered the property through a locked gate. He reportedly walked through a construction site, located two construction boxes and pried them open, stealing more than $2,000 worth of tools. During his “scavenger hunt” he was noticed by workers and tried to leave with the tools. The San Jose Police were called to the scene.

Gonzales ran from the employees and SJPD officers who had arrived on scene. He was soon apprehended. When asked about why he was stealing work site tools, Gonzales just said “No, I won’t talk, OK”. The witnesses said they had walked onto the work site to find Gonzales pounding on one of the boxes with a hammer. The workers tried to stop Gonzales but he just ran from them.

The next court date is currently pending, as police are waiting to re-arrest Gonzales on a warrant for the attempted theft.

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