A fugitive wanted in a brazen 2015 burglary of Bloomingdale's department store at Stanford Shopping Center has been captured after allegedly robbing a smoke shop in Grass Valley, according to police.
Police arrested Joseph Daniel Sandoval, 31, from Hayward, on Jan. 3 after a high-speed chase that involved vehicles, a helicopter and a foot pursuit, Grass Valley police said.
Joseph Daniel Sandoval was arrested Jan. 3 for the 2015 smash-and-grab burglary at Bloomingdale's. Photo courtesy of Palo Alto Police Department.
Surveillance footage showed four people in the red vehicle smashing into the doors just after 4 a.m., then breaking open glass display cases. Damage to the doors alone exceeded $55,000, police said at the time.
Palo Alto police arrested Bobby Donald Burke, 34, of Antioch, in September 2015 and James Edward Sandoval, 49, of Hayward, in January 2016, but his son, Joseph Daniel Sandoval, remained at large. A fourth person, who is thought to be a woman, has not been identified, police said.
Police got a break in the case after Joseph Sandoval was captured on Tuesday in connection with the Jan. 2 robbery. Two masked men had entered the Hot Spot Smoke Shop in Grass Valley with handguns. They demanded money and were given an undisclosed sum of cash from the register. The robbers also took electronic devices before fleeing in a van that was stolen from a local glass company, Grass Valley police said.
Video surveillance from a nearby business clearly captured the images of three persons. A Grass Valley detective spotted the suspects leaving a gas station on Jan. 3. They fled in a white box-truck reported stolen earlier that morning after police attempted to stop the vehicle.
The suspects drove about 33 miles to the Marysville area and then turned south toward Sacramento down different highways, including Interstate 5, driving another 41 miles toward Interstate 80. At times, the suspects drove at high speeds and in the oncoming traffic lane of the divided highway, with a California Highway Patrol helicopter tracking the pursuit, police said.
The truck became disabled after exiting near the Interstate 80 interchange; the suspects fled on foot. Police apprehended Joseph Sandoval and another man, James Edwin Sandoval III, 32, from Hayward. They were booked into the Nevada County Jail; a third person is still being sought for the robbery, police said.