An alert resident's report of two men lurking around vehicles in the Barron Park neighborhood on Wednesday led to the arrest of two San Jose men, after police allegedly found one of them in possession of stolen items.
The call about the two men in dark clothing acting suspiciously was received just after 2 a.m., police said. Officers responded to the 3800 block of Magnolia Drive and located one man matching the description on the 500 block of Military Way. When the officer shined his patrol car's spotlight on the man, he fled on foot, police said. Two police officers chased after him and were able to detain him without incident on the 3800 block of El Camino Real.
A police canine team located the second man, who was later identified as Ivan Pablo Lujano, 18, hiding in the backyard of a home on the 500 block of Barron Avenue, police said. He was taken into custody without incident as well.
Investigators said the man they first arrested, later identified as Lynden Robert Ironteeth, 33, was in possession of a woman's driver's license and debit card that had been stolen earlier from an unlocked vehicle on the 300 block of Loucks Avenue in Los Altos. The debit card was used at a Palo Alto gas station after it was stolen, police said.
The two men were booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail. Ironteeth was charged with felony identity theft, misdemeanor possession of stolen property and misdemeanor resisting arrest, as well as a felony count of committing a felony crime while out on bail. The additional charge stems from an arrest by another Santa Clara County law enforcement agency in June. Lujano was charged with misdemeanor prowling.
Detectives are actively investigating whether Ironteeth and Lujano are involved in at least five other thefts that occurred that night in the Barron Park neighborhood. In four cases, unknown suspects stole miscellaneous personal property from unlocked cars parked in driveways or on the street on the 3800 block of Magnolia Drive, the 600 block of Barron Avenue and the 500 block of Military Way. A backpack that was left unattended in an El Camino Real laundromat was also reported stolen to police that night.
The Los Altos Police Department reported that there were 15 other unlocked vehicles that were rummaged through by unknown suspects that night. Some miscellaneous items were stolen, such as loose change, police said.
Both agencies are working together to follow up on these crimes.
Police advise residents to always lock their cars and never leave valuables in unattended vehicles.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the police department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to email@example.com or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.