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March 17, 2010 > Milpitas Police arrest Grand Theft suspects

Milpitas Police arrest Grand Theft suspects

Submitted By Sergeant Daryl Sequeira, Milpitas PD
Photos By courtesy of Milpitas Police Department

On Thursday, March 11 about 7:41 p.m., employees at a business on the 400 block of S. Milpitas Blvd. witnessed two suspects stealing a large stainless steel pipe from the parking lot. The pipe was over ten feet long and about one foot in diameter, and custom designed for a specific application. There had recently been similar thefts of these pipes in the past; the value of each pipe is about $5,000.

Officers stopped the two suspects leaving the area in a Red 1995 GMC Sierra pick-up truck, and the officers recovered the stolen pipe. The two suspects were identified as 53-year-old, Lawrence Ross Dempster, and 35-year-old, Peter Nicholas Appelman, both residents of San Jose. After further investigation, it was revealed that Dempster and Appelman were also involved in the prior pipe thefts from the same business. Both suspects were arrested and booked into the county jail for multiple counts of grand theft. Anyone with any information regarding any suspicious or criminal activity involving these two suspects or the pick-up truck is encouraged to call the Milpitas Police Department.

We would also encourage citizens to call the police when any suspicious activity is seen or heard. Callers may remain anonymous when providing information and can call 9-1-1 for in-progress emergencies, (408) 586-2400 for non-emergency incidents, or the Crime Tip Hotline at (408) 586-2500. Information can also be given online, visit and click police.

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