Suspected Jewel Thief Leaves DNA Behind

Police Arrest San Jose Man On Burglary Charges

Friday, Feb 13, 2009  |  Updated 9:15 AM PDT
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Suspected Jewel Thief Leaves DNA Behind

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San Jose Suspected Burglar Arrested


 A San Jose man faces charges in connection to the November burglary of a Los Altos jewelry store and accountant business, and a DNA test led to his identification.


 Steven Michael Garcia is being held on charges of forced entry and  commercial burglary at Hordin's Income Tax Service and Harold's Jewelry at 164 Main St.


 Harold's Jewelry had about $500,000 in loss of jewelry,  police said.
 

 Investigators say the crime scene revealed several items that contained trace DNA, and those items were submitted to a Department of  Justice crime lab that led to the identification of Garcia.
 

  Los Altos police, along with members of the Santa Clara and San  Jose police departments, executed a search warrant Monday on Garcia's San  Jose home, and seized several jewelry items, as well as electronic devices  and construction tools.
 

  Harold Yan, the owner of Harold's Jewelry, positively identified several items of jewelry that were seized from the home,  according to police.
 

  An arrest warrant was also obtained for Garcia, who was already in custody in Milpitas for unrelated criminal matters.

He is currently being  held on two charges of commercial burglary and one count of grand theft, with a total bail amount of $50,000, police said.
 

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