PALO ALTO, Calif. (KTVU) - Police are seeking the public’s help in locating a third suspect in a 2015 smash and grab burglary where three people drove a stolen SUV through the front of the Bloomingdale’s at Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto and stole a large amount of jewelry, exceeding $125,000.
Detectives have made two arrests so far, after they began investigating the May 2015 incident immediately.
34-year-old Bobby Donald Burke of Antioch was identified as one of the suspects in July of 2015. Police had a warrant to search his home where they recovered a watch stolen in the burglary. Burke was already in custody in the Contra Costa County Main Jail at the time for an unrelated offense and was arrested for the burglary upon his release last September.
Burke has been charged with commercial burglary, grand theft, vandalism, possession of a stolen property and vehicle theft, all of which are felonies.
49-year-old James Edward Sandoval of Hayward was arrested in connection to the burglary in January 2016. Investigators had recovered a bracelet that was stolen from Bloomingdale’s. His 30-year-old son, Joseph Daniel Sandoval, of Hayward is currently at large. His whereabouts are unknown. He faces commercial burglary, grand theft and vandalism charges.
Detectives believe that a fourth female suspect also participated in this burglary, and are continuing to investigate the case in an attempt to identify her.
Anyone with information about this incident, or Joseph Sandoval's current whereabouts, is asked to call Palo Alto Police Department’s 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through a free mobile app, downloadable at bit.ly/PAPD-AppStore or bit.ly/PAPD-GooglePlay.