Suspect stole medical supplies from vocational school, police say
FREMONT, CA (BCN) – A 35-year-old San Jose man was arrested for allegedly stealing approximately 1,000 surgical and cloth masks, disinfectant wipes and protective gloves from a private, for-profit healthcare vocational training institute in Fremont, announced the police.
However, after Brian Schulman was cited on two counts of commercial burglary, possession of stolen property and possession of burglary tools, he was immediately released because emergency rules imposed by the Judicial Council of California in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic prevented officers from booking him into a local jail, police say.
Alameda County Court officials have also banned local agencies from booking new suspects into Dublin’s Santa Rita prison unless they are arrested on suspicion of committing a serious crime. or violent.
Fremont police say they have opened an investigation after a suspect robbed Unitek College at 4670 Auto Mall Parkway on Monday and Tuesday nights using stolen master keys to enter the building.
At around 11:35 p.m. Wednesday, Unitek security officers noticed a suspicious vehicle in its parking lot and notified Fremont police, authorities said.
Officers recovered stolen medical supplies near the scene of the burglary.
Officers arrived at the scene within minutes, located the suspect vehicle as it pulled out of the college parking lot, and arrested Schulman after a police stop, police said.
During their investigation, officers located a large amount of stolen Unitek medical supplies and other medical equipment in Schulman’s vehicle, including approximately 1,000 surgical and cloth masks, disinfectant wipes and protective gloves, said said the police.
Officers also recovered other suspected stolen property and identity theft material from businesses in Santa Clara County, according to police.
Schulman had in his possession the master keys to the college buildings, even though he is not an employee, police said.
Schulman made a full confession after his arrest and provided a court date, police say.