Man arrested in connection with Palo Alto bike shop robbery

PALO ALTO — Police arrested a man Thursday and are looking for a second in connection with a burglary at a Palo Alto bike shop.

At 4:32 a.m., a silent alarm went off at the Cardinal Bike Shop at 1955 El Camino Real, the Palo Alto Police Department said in a news release. Officers arrived moments later to find a pair of men leaving the business through a shattered front window.

A man was arrested after a brief foot chase. The other man left the scene in a white Ford Transit T-250, which police later learned had been stolen a day earlier in San Jose, police said.

Police said the vehicle drove through Stanford University, leaving tools behind. At 6:20 a.m., officers found the vehicle abandoned in the 800 block of Bowdoin Street. The vehicle was processed for evidence and returned to its owner.

An investigation found the men entered the store by breaking a window, police said. The men then allegedly took an undisclosed sum of cash from the cash box.

The Palo Alto Police Department released this photo of tools that fell from a burglary suspect’s vehicle on Thursday, April 28, 2022. Police believe the tools may have been stolen and have asked anyone who recognizes them to call 650-329-2413. .

“Police recovered the stolen money from the arrested suspect and returned it to the business owner,” police said.

The arrested man, a 36-year-old San Jose resident, was incarcerated at Santa Clara County Main Jail in San Jose for commercial burglary, possession of a stolen vehicle, conspiracy, felony while he was out on bail and resisting arrest.

A detailed description of the second man was not available Thursday.

Officers recovered the tools that fell from the vehicle and police believe they may have been stolen. Police released a photo of the tools and asked anyone who recognizes them to call 650-329-2413 to be connected with detectives.