MORGAN HILL (CBS SF) – Surveillance video helped lead police to a suspect in several recent package thefts from homes in Morgan Hill, police said Tuesday.
26-year-old Than Vo of San Jose was arrested Friday at his home in connection with the Morgan Hill thefts, police said.
Police responded on Dec. 7 to reports of packages taken from porches at homes in the north part of Morgan Hill.
The cop’s first big break was officers finding multiple empty Amazon boxes dumped near the neighborhood
where it happened.
“We figured there were multiple victims in that neighborhood, so we started contacting all the victims,” said Sgt. Bill Norman.
One of the victims’ security cameras captured the suspect’s car and license plate. Police tracked the owner to San Jose, and set up a surveillance of his home.
When they confirmed he was inside, they sprung the trap.
“When we made contact, he ran out the back. But our guys had a good perimeter set up and we took
him into custody without any incident,” Norman said.
Vo was booked into Santa Clara County Jail on suspicion of theft, being under the influence of drugs, resisting arrest and probation violation.
The surveillance video struck a nerve in the Capriano neighborhood of Morgan Hill, which has been hit by package theft repeatedly.
“Everyone posts on NextDoor.com that they are getting hit pretty often. Like everyday we see someone who says, ‘Has anybody seen this person?'” said area resident Tina Saini.
Police also recovered stolen goods and electronics worth about $900 at VO’s home.
Police say they make package theft a priority and even plant decoy packages with GPS trackers inside to catch the bad guys.
“It’s our effort to dissuade theft, we do take it seriously, and we have several trackers out right now,” Norman said.
Anyone that may have information regarding this incident or questions related to the incident is asked to call Sgt. Bill Norman at (669) 253-4982 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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