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Milpitas Police Arrest Three Men For Prowling

Milpitas police received a call early Monday, alerting them to suspicious activity in the yard of a residence.

Milpitas Police arrested three men prowling in a residence early Monday, two under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

On Monday at 12:37 a.m., Milpitas Police responded to a 9-1-1 call of a suspicious person in the yard on 2000 block Lacey Drive knocking on a bedroom wall.

The caller provided a clothing description along with up-to-date information on the direction of the suspect’s travel, said Milpitas Police Sgt. Trisha Young on Thursday evening.  

The caller then told the dispatcher that the suspect had walked away and was breaking into a neighbor’s house. Milpitas police officers located the suspect, who was identified as Milpitas resident Henry Arellano, 27, hiding behind a trash can on the side yard of the neighbor’s home.

Officers searched the backyard of the neighbor’s house and heard the sound of people jumping fences southbound toward Mattos Dr. Officers surrounded the area and arrested Milpitas resident Jeremiah O’Brien, 32, as he exited through a side gate of a residence on Mattos Dr.

Officers conducted a yard-to-yard search and located Milpitas resident Henry Cruz, 40, hiding in a flower bed in the front yard of a residence on Mattos Dr. All three suspects were taken into custody without incident.

The three suspects were booked into the Santa Clara County jail on various charges. Arellano was booked for prowling, possession of drug paraphernalia and being under the influence of a controlled substance; O’Brien for trespassing; and Cruz for prowling and being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Milpitas Police encourage anyone with any information regarding this investigation or other similar incidents occurring in our city is encouraged to call the Department at (408) 586-2400. Information can be given anonymously by calling the Crime Tip Hotline at (408) 586-2500 or via the Milpitas Police Department website at: http://www.ci.milpitas.ca.gov/government/police/crime_tip.asp

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