Cops aiming to nab Target thief

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Here's KTVU crime reporter Henry Lee's Rap Sheet blog for May 23, 2016:

TARGET THIEF SOUGHT: Morgan Hill and Gilroy police are asking for the public's help in identifying a serial shoplifter who has a penchant for Target stores.

Although police can't say for sure, the same man may be responsible in three different incidents this month.

The latest case happened shortly before 7 p.m. Sunday when the man went into the store at 1061 Cochrane Road in Morgan Hill.

He cut off tags on electronic items before placing them into a bag.

Morgan Hill police confronted the man outside the store, but he fled no foot and disappeared despite a search by officers and Santa Clara County sheriff's deputies.

A man matching the general description of the Morgan Hill suspect also stole from the same Target store at the Gilroy Crossing Shopping Center on May 11 and May 14. During his second visit, he stole $1,300 worth of electronics, according to Gilroy police.

MILPITAS CAR BURGLARY SUSPECTS NABBED: Surveillance footage played a key role in the arrests of two Milpitas car burglary suspects, police said today.

The incident began May 11, when residents reported that someone had "rummaged" through their cars, which were parked at homes on Laguna Drive, San Andreas Drive, Hermina Street, South Main Street, Dixon Landing Road and Tiny Street.

All told, 11 cars, both locked and unlocked, had been tampered with. Several residents provided surveillance footage of two young men to police, and the images were shared to all Milpitas officers.

Four days later, an officer saw two people walking on the sidewalk of a Calaveras Boulevard overpass that matched the description of those caught on video.

Police confirmed that the two, Raymond Lee Smith, 19, of San Jose and Jonathan Daniel Taylor, 18, of Sunnyvale were the same from the video, authorities said. Investigators said they also determined that they had just rifled through four cars parked on Horcajo Circle and three others on Greathouse Drive.

The suspects were booked at Santa Clara County Jail in San Jose on suspicion of theft and auto burglary. 

Police are still looking for more footage of the suspects from May 11 and May 15. Anyone with video or information in the case is asked to call Milpitas police at (408) 586-2400 or a crime tip hotline at (408) 586-2500.

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