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March 13, 2018 > Auto theft suspects arrested

Auto theft suspects arrested

Submitted By Lt. Jared Hernandez, Milpitas PD

During a routine mid-morning patrol through a residential neighborhood on Tuesday, Feb. 20, a sharp-eyed Milpitas Police officer spotted a suspicious vehicle driving along the 1800 Block of Vegas Avenue.

A computer check of the carÕs license plate showed that the 1997 Honda Accord had been reported stolen in San Jose. When the officer attempted to stop the car around 10 a.m., the driver sped away.

Soon, the driver, later identified by police as Michelle Lynn Rodriguez, 23, of San Jose, drove through a stop sign at Arizona Avenue and Dixon Road and lost control of the car which became disabled when it struck a street sign and tree before stopping.

Rodriguez and a passenger, later identified by police as Rudy Michael Cordero, 29, of San Jose exited the car and fled on foot with the officer right behind. Other officers responding to the area located and arrested Cordero in a nearby parking lot. Initially, Rodriguez provided a false name to the officers, but she was ultimately identified.

A check showed that Rodriguez was on probation in Santa Clara County for narcotic offenses and theft. She also had two outstanding warrants for her arrest for narcotic offenses and two counts of auto theft. She was booked into the Santa Clara County main jail on suspicion of possessing a stolen vehicle, possession of stolen property, auto theft with priors, providing a false name to officers, resisting arrest, and her outstanding warrants.

Meanwhile, Cordero was booked into the Santa Clara County main jail on suspicion of possessing stolen property and resisting arrest.

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