Man arrested after Palo Alto bike shop robbery, suspect on the run

PALO ALTO, Calif. (KRON) – Palo Alto police arrested a suspect in a robbery at a bike shop Thursday morning, while another suspect remained at large. Miguel Arturo Garcia, 36, was taken into custody for commercial burglary, possession of a stolen vehicle, conspiracy, felony while out on bail and resisting arrest.

Police were called to the Cardinal Bike Shop, 1955 El Camino Real, at approximately 4:30 a.m. when the police dispatch center received a silent activation of the store’s burglar alarm. Upon arrival, officers found two suspects leaving the store through a broken window, PAPD said.

Officers found Garcia on foot after a short chase. The other suspect escaped in a white Ford Transit T-250 pickup truck, which police later determined was stolen Wednesday in San Jose.

Police saw the vehicle on the Stanford campus speeding away. At approximately 6:20 a.m., officers found him in the 800 block of Bowdoin Street. It was processed for evidence and returned to its owner, police said.

Police recovered tools that fell from the van as it drove away. PAPD thinks the tools may have been stolen from the bike shop. When officers arrested Garcia, they recovered the stolen cash and returned it to the store.

The suspect at large was described by police as a Hispanic male in his 30s. He had short brown hair and was unshaven.

The burglary was the latest of several in Palo Alto in recent weeks. On April 22, four people were arrested for stealing $5,800 worth of items from a Palo Alto Lululemon. On Tuesday, a customer was robbed for $2,500 worth of Nordstrom items after she left at the Stanford mall.

Anyone with information about this case or recognizing the potentially stolen tools is asked to contact PAPD at (650) 329-2413.