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April 6, 2012 > Thief arrested

Thief arrested

Submitted By Officer Trish Young-Orth, Milpitas PD

On March 30, Milpitas Police officers responded to a reported theft of delivered items from a resident's porch. The victim provided surveillance video images to officers, who later located and arrested two suspects for the theft as well as other thefts in other cities.

On March 30, at 5:42 p.m. a citizen reported that an unknown suspect went onto his porch, stole a previously delivered package and then returned the package opened. The citizen reviewed his surveillance camera which showed a male subject, later identified as a 16 year old San Jose resident, taking the package from the porch. The surveillance camera showed the suspect's vehicle to be a black 1990's model Honda Accord. The video showed the suspect's return to the home several minutes later and return the package.

Officers searched the area for the suspect's vehicle. When officers located the vehicle it was occupied by Nguyen and the juvenile suspect. Officers were able to positively identify Nguyen and the juvenile from the surveillance video which was provided by the citizen. Officer's determined Nguyen was on probation for grand theft and conducted a probation search on the vehicle he was driving and his home. Several packages were located at both locations that were addressed to various people who reside in Milpitas, San Jose and Sunnyvale.

Based on the addresses from the stolen packages several victims have been identified and some property has been returned. Milpitas Police Officers are continuing to locate and identify additional victims from the recovered evidence.

Nguyen was booked into the Santa Clara County jail on 11 counts of possession of stolen property, conspiracy, probation violation, theft, prowling and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The juvenile suspect was issued a citation for 3 counts of possession of stolen property, conspiracy, theft and prowling. The juvenile was released to his parents.

Anyone with any information regarding this case or other similar incidents is encouraged to call the Milpitas Police Department at (408) 586-2400 or the law enforcement jurisdiction where the incident occurred. Information can be given anonymously by calling (408) 586-2500 or via the Milpitas Police Department website at: http://www.ci.milpitas.ca.gov/government/police/crime_tip.asp

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