FREMONT -- A citizen's tip combined with surveillance video of a getaway car helped lead police to a transient suspected of stealing a package from a Fremont front porch last month.
Police arrested Refugio Aldama, a 27-year-old transient last known to frequent San Jose, shortly before 5 p.m. on Wednesday near the Milpitas landfill, according to Fremont police spokeswoman Geneva Bosques.
A citizen called in a tip earlier Wednesday that led detectives to Aldama's whereabouts, Bosques said.
The arrest came hours after police put out an advisory asking the public's help in finding Aldama after he was linked to video surveillance linked a late-model BMW leaving the scene of the theft, Bosques said.
"We'd like to thank the citizen who called us with the tip, and the Scott Creek neighborhood for the great video surveillance," Bosques said.
A homeowner who lived in the 48800 block of Semillon Drive told police that a package containing two toys purchased from Amazon was delivered to the home at 11:40 a.m. on June 13, Bosques said. The theft was reported around 1:30 p.m., when the homeowner returned home, Bosques said.
But video surveillance at the home recorded the suspected thief parking a black BMW in front of the home, walking casually up the sidewalk, and taking the package. He then returned to the car and drove away.
More video recorded the BMW 7 Series sedan entering the neighborhood near the intersection of Drive and Street and also revealed the car's license plate as 5JEA174.
That information led police to Aldama, who was taken to Santa Rita Jail after his arrest.
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