Mountain View police arrest three for duck theft

Duck theft arrests
Courtesy of the MVPD
Duck theft suspects Sabrina Inigo, from left, Erik Gonzalez and Eleyight Silva.

Police officers Thursday (April 1) served a search warrant to arrest three people connected to the abduction of Rubberta, a fiberglass duck statue stolen from a Mountain View front yard.

Erik Gonzalez, Eleyight Silva and Sabrina Inigo could ultimately face charges of grand theft, suspicion of possessing burglary tools, suspicion of possessing narcotics and child endangerment. Outstanding warrants related to other crimes also existed. Officers transported them to the Santa Clara County Main Jail.

Courtesy of Mathieu Farrugia
Rubberta in her yard following the duck-napping.

The three suspects were detained at a Santa Clara home, according to a Mountain View Police Department press release.

The child endangerment stems from the presence of both a child and narcotics within the home, MVPD spokeswoman Katie Nelson explained.

Home video surveillance footage clearly shows two women and a man brazenly walk up to a front yard on the 300 block of Stierlin Road March 11. The man used bolt cutters to break a chain securing Rubberta, and then one of the women placed the duck into a sedan and drove away.

No one can resist a good duck pun. The ensuing social media posts from Nextdoor users and the MVPD as well as articles by local media outlets – including this one – were chock-full of the fowl play. Perhaps all that heat scared the culprits, because Rubberta mysteriously returned to her home approximately a week later.

The MVPD press release included an official department statement: “Our detectives pride themselves on holding those who commit crimes accountable for their actions. Even though Rubberta was returned after video of the theft was released, our detectives continued investigating, ultimately leading to the identification of the suspects, their arrests, and the discovery of the addition-al criminal charges.”

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