A Los Altos Hills resident’s decision to call the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office when two suspicious men knocked on his door may have thwarted a burglary.
The Loyola Drive resident’s report to the Sheriff’s Office Jan. 19 led to the arrest of one of the men, Irving Organez, 22, of San Jose, for auto theft and outstanding warrants. The other suspect, 22-year-old Franky Organez of San Jose, fled the scene but was arrested on multiple warrants when he showed up at a dentist’s office in Los Altos the following morning asking to use the phone.
“There is no doubt in our mind that these guys were out here to commit a burglary,” said Captain Rick Sung, commander chief of the West Valley Division.
The resident called the Sheriff’s Office at approximately 8 p.m., after the two men came to his front door and asked for gas, according to Sung. Deputies arrived minutes later, located the suspects and soon discovered that the San Jose residents had multiple warrants out for their arrests.
Franky Organez escaped capture despite the search perimeter set up by deputies, who dispatched K-9 officers and received air assistance from a San Jose Police Department helicopter.
Dentist takes bite out of crime
Franky Organez was apprehended approximately a mile away the following morning – thanks to a wary Los Altos dentist.
The dentist on Altos Oaks Drive, who requested anonymity, said he was with a patient at 6:30 a.m. Jan. 20 when the suspect wandered into his office. The man asked for directions to the nearest bus stop before making himself a cup of coffee and taking a seat in the waiting room. Although the dentist said the suspect was quiet and well behaved, he grew suspicious when he asked to use the phone to call his father for a ride because his car broke down and had been towed.
This prompted the dentist to call the Los Altos Police Department, and officers arrived a few minutes later. They arrested Franky Organez after realizing that he matched the be-on-the-lookout alert the Sheriff’s Office sent out the previous evening.
Franky Organez – arrested on warrants for possession of methamphetamine, being under the influence of controlled substances, fleeing the scene and stealing a vehicle – was turned over to the Sheriff’s Office, according to Sung. He was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail, with bail set at $185,000.
Deputies arrested Irving Organez the night before on warrants for vehicle theft, drug possession and driving without a license. His bail was set at $72,000.
Sung said Irving Organez told deputies that he and his associate were in the area “looking for a party.” Their vehicle – reported as stolen – was found parked along Interstate 280. Sung added that marijuana and methamphetamine pipes were found inside the vehicle.
Although burglaries in Los Altos Hills dipped in October through December, Sung urged residents to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity – just as the Loyola Drive resident and Los Altos dentist did.
“Don’t wait five minutes or 10 minutes,” he said. “Our deputies will be there in minutes.”