Two suspects in bike shop robbery; 1 caught, 1 on the run

Miguel Arturo Garcia, 36, from San Jose. Palo Alto Police photo.

By the Daily Post team

Palo Alto police say they caught one of two men who robbed a bike shop on El Camino Real yesterday morning, but the other got away in a pickup truck with flying tools in the back.

Police received a silent burglar alarm at 4:32 a.m. at the Cardinal Bike Shop, 1955 El Camino Real, and officers quickly arrived to find two men emerging from the business’ shattered window.

One of them fled from the officers but was caught moments later. The other guy jumped into a white Ford Transit T-250 pickup truck, which was stolen Wednesday in San Jose.

Police last saw the van on the Stanford campus, speeding away with tools sticking out of the back.

Police determined the couple took cash from a cash register at the bike shop. Officers said they found the money stolen from the suspect they arrested and returned it to the business owner.

At 6:20 a.m., a passerby spotted the stolen van in the 800 block of Bowdoin Street in Stanford. Police examined the van for evidence, then returned it to its owner.

Arrested 36-year-old Miguel Arturo Garcia of San Jose, who was incarcerated at Santa Clara County Main Jail for commercial burglary, possession of a stolen vehicle, conspiracy, felony while at large on bail bail and resisting arrest. All charges are felonies except for resisting.

Police said the guy who got away was a Hispanic man in his 30s, with short brown hair and unshaven. The police continue to search for him.

Maria R. Newman