Sus­pects ar­rested af­ter woman hid­ing un­der bed­sheets texts 911

The Mercury News Weekend - - OBITUARIES & IN MEMORIAMS - By Mark Gomez mgomez@ba­yare­anews­ Con­tact Mark Gomez at 408-920- 5869.

SUN­NY­VALE » A woman who took ad­van­tage of new tech­nol­ogy by tex­ting 911 from un­der the cov­ers of her bed while in­trud­ers were in her house brought about the ar­rests Tues­day of four peo­ple on sus­pi­cion of bur­glary, ac­cord­ing to the Sun­ny­vale Depart­ment of Pub­lic Safety.

At about 12:30 p.m., the woman texted 911 to re­port peo­ple bur­glar­iz­ing her home in the 1400 block of South Mary Av­enue, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

“She was giv­ing us up­dates the whole time they were in the house,” Sun­ny­vale po­lice Capt. Shawn Ahearn said. “We didn’t want her to give away her po­si­tion.

‘ We com­mu­ni­cated with her via text 911.”

The sus­pects took off be­fore po­lice ar­rived and stole prop­erty and a 2016 Tesla Model S, po­lice said.

Sun­ny­vale of­fi­cers lo­cated the un­oc­cu­pied Tesla in North San Jose and con­ducted sur­veil­lance on the car. A short time later, a sil­ver Audi dropped off two women near the Tesla. Once the women got into the Model S, they were de­tained by of­fi­cers. The women were iden­ti­fied by po­lice as Al­li­son Martin, 23, and Raeanna Sagote, 21, both of San Jose.

The driver of the Audi, who fled be­fore be­ing con­tacted by of­fi­cers, was iden­ti­fied as 23-year- old Marco Ro­driguez of San Jose.

Sun­ny­vale po­lice con­ducted sur­veil­lance at Ro­driguez’s home in San Jose. When Ro­driguez re­turned home he was de­tained, along with Ale­jan­dro Gar­cia, 23, of San Jose, both of whom were on pa­role for bur­glary, po­lice said.

Prop­erty from the Sun­ny­vale bur­glary was found in Ro­driguez’s ve­hi­cle, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

All four sus­pects were ar­rested and booked into Santa Clara County jail on the fol­low­ing charges:

• Gar­cia: Con­spir­acy, bur­glary, pos­ses­sion of stolen prop­erty, pa­role vi­o­la­tion, felony evad­ing and theft of a ve­hi­cle.

• Martin: Con­spir­acy, bur­glary, pro­ba­tion vi­o­la­tion, theft of a ve­hi­cle.

• Ro­driguez: Con­spir­acy, bur­glary, pa­role vi­o­la­tion, felony evad­ing, theft of a ve­hi­cle.

• Sagote: Con­spir­acy, bur­glary, pro­ba­tion vi­o­la­tion and theft of a ve­hi­cle.

In re­cent months sev­eral law en­force­ment agen­cies have un­veiled text-to-911 ca­pa­bil­i­ties, with more agen­cies plan­ning to in­cor­po­rate the tech­nol­ogy in the com­ing months. The one mes­sage shared by Bay Area pub­lic safety agen­cies: Call­ing 911 is still the pre­ferred way to get help dur­ing an emer­gency. But if call­ing is not an op­tion, then send a text to 911.

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