Members of a joint-city SWAT team arrested a 19-year-old East Palo Alto man Jan. 29 for allegedly burglarizing a Los Altos home late last year.
According to Los Altos Police detective Abe Velasco, the SWAT team – comprising law enforcement officers from the Los Altos and Mountain View police departments – arrested Bualarmo Sanchez at his home without incident on one charge of burglary. Sanchez was booked into Santa Clara County Main Jail.
Velasco told the Town Crier that Los Altos Police believe Sanchez is responsible for an Oct. 25 residential burglary on Carmel Terrace. He noted that the joint-city SWAT team was tasked with making the arrest as a precaution, because firearms were among the items stolen from the home.
Velasco noted that evidence taken from Sanchez’s home is being processed, but he declined to provide specific details.
“Anytime we can close out a significant case where someone’s house was broken into, we feel pretty good about that,” Velasco said of the arrest.
Velasco credited patrol officers who responded to the Oct. 25 burglary with doing “an excellent job” of processing the crime scene. He added that police uncovered physical evidence at the Los Altos home that allowed detectives to link Sanchez to the crime. In general, Velasco noted, burglaries are “very difficult” to solve without credible eyewitness reports or physical evidence.
He also commended Mountain View Police and other nearby law enforcement agencies for jointly working to solve cases such as the Carmel Terrace burglary.
“We’re fortunate to have a very good relationship with our neighboring agencies on issues like this,” he said.
Sanchez’s capture comes nearly three months after police arrested a pair of East Palo Alto residents for allegedly burglarizing at least 15 homes throughout Santa Clara, Contra Costa and San Mateo counties. That included one Los Altos home during a 12-day spree spanning September and October in which at least a dozen residential and commercial property break-ins were reported in the city, according to police.
At the time of their arrests, 35-year-old Ana Lauese and 33-year-old Malinda Ladson were charged with multiple counts of residential burglary, as well as possession of stolen property and possession of a controlled substance.