Los Altos Police announced today (Aug. 27) the arrests of 36-year-old Tanya Espinoza and 31-year-old Kevin Ortiz in connection with a June 23 home burglary and auto theft on Colleen Drive.
Both suspects (pictured) are San Jose residents.
According to police, detectives arrested Espinoza July 17 on charges of burglary, identity theft, fraudulent use of an access card, and possession of drug paraphernalia. In addition, detectives arrested Ortiz July 23 and charged him with possession of stolen property, identity theft, forgery, fraudulent use of an access card, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Both suspects were booked into Santa Clara County main jail. Espinoza, who had a $56,000 bail, was later released on her own recognizance. Ortiz was also released after posting his $66,000 bail.
The charges, according to police, stem from a June 23 residential burglary and automobile theft on the 1900 block of Colleen Drive. Police say the suspects reportedly entered a home through its attached garage during the late evening or early morning hours, stealing the victim’s vehicle and credit cards.
The suspects then allegedly used the stolen credit cards to make more than $30,000 worth of fraudulent purchases throughout the Bay Area and southern California. In addition, the suspects allegedly used the victim’s credit card information to rent a vehicle, which was later reported stolen by the rental agency.
Both suspects are currently awaiting further court proceedings. The case remains active as detectives have not ruled out the possibility of additional suspects involved in the crime. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Los Altos Police department at 947-2770.
For more on this story, read the Aug. 29 issue of the Town Crier.