Deputies don't have many leads yet, but are looking at Mr. Goble in connection with two of 28 recently reported thefts from vehicles, Lt. Larry Schumaker of the Sheriff's Office said in an interview.
Deputies were already on patrol when they captured Mr. Goble, having saturated the area in response to the theft reports, including seven reported by residents of Olive Hill Lane, Lt. Schumaker said.
With the residents of Olive Hill in an elevated state of awareness, at around 5 a.m Thursday morning Mr. Gilbert decided to patrol the street "one last time," Lee Ann Gilbert wrote in her account. He was about to head off for a five-day horse ride with colleagues from the Woodside-based Mounted Patrol of San Mateo County, where Mr. Gilbert is a captain.
"It was just kind of great to have the whole street get together and do what they could to get this guy," Mr. Gilbert's daughter Jennifer told the Almanac.
Mr. Gilbert noticed and followed "an unfamiliar man" seen wearing a backpack and leaving the property of a neighbor, Lee Ann Gilbert wrote. The man subsequently "jumped into nearby bushes" and Mr. Gilbert, who was armed, began a pursuit. A deputy happened on the scene and they joined forces, Ms. Gilbert said. Together, they "pulled the suspect from his hiding spot in the bushes and placed him under arrest."
"Because of (Mr.) Gilbert's determination to discover and capture the burglar, he, with assistance from the Sheriff's Department, made the arrest possible," Ms. Gilbert wrote. "(Mr.) Gilbert's grateful family and neighbors are now able to rest a little easier, however all have committed to be a part of a permanent and vigilant neighborhood watch."
Investigators don't yet have a complete list of the items stolen and their estimated value, Lt. Schumaker said. "We are dealing with quite a few victims."
After Mr. Goble was apprehended, "several pieces of property stolen from vehicles that were parked in the driveway of homes located in the Town of Woodside were found on his person," a Sheriff's Office statement said.
In Woodside, seven thefts were reported on Olive Hill Drive, four each on Laning Drive and Arbor Court, two each on Toyon Court and Mission Trail, and one on Dry Creek Lane.
Of the Portola Valley thefts, two occurred on Shawnee Pass and two more on Iroquois Trail, with one each on Mapache, Ash Lane, Meadowood Drive and Arapahoe Court.
The victims "told us that they haven't locked their cars ever since they moved there," Lt. Schumaker said. "It's kind of frustrating."
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