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May 25, 2022

Police: Man arrested for numerous thefts

Alleged crimes date back several months

Police last week arrested a 36-year-old Hollister man believed to be responsible for numerous recent burglaries and thefts.

Over the last several months, Hollister Police officers have responded to multiple reports of vehicle burglaries and thefts from vehicles in various neighborhoods throughout Hollister, according to a Nov. 2 press release. While several of these crimes were captured on surveillance system videos and published widely on social media, the suspect’s identity eluded local police.

Investigations into two specific cases helped officers gain a positive identification on the suspect, police said. One case involved stolen electronics from a vehicle burglary in which the burglar exchanged the items for money at an in-store kiosk. Another case involved the suspect using a stolen credit card at a local retailer.

Carlos Sanchez

Through these incidents, police identified the suspect as Carlos Sanchez, 36, of Hollister, according to police.

On Nov. 1, Hollister Police Officers Neyerda Burbank and Bo Leland attempted to follow up and contact Sanchez at his residence on Nolte Alley, police said. Sanchez initially fled out the back door, prompting officers to set up a perimeter in an effort to contain the suspect in the area.

Sanchez eventually returned to his home to hide, but he was located by Neyerda and Leland when they returned to the residence, according to police. This time, Sanchez was arrested without further incident.

Sanchez was booked at San Benito County Jail on suspicion of theft, stolen property possession, use of an access card and other offenses, according to police. His bail is set at $125,000.

Hollister Police continue to follow up on other cases to determine if Sanchez is connected to other crimes. Anyone with information about these cases can call Hollister Police Department at (831) 636-4331. Those wishing to remain anonymous may call WeTip at (800) 78-CRIME. Information provided to WeTip may qualify for a reward.

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