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San Jose Press Release 11/17/11
On Tuesday, December 13, 2011, San Jose police investigators arrested Sandra Lizbeth Contreras-Velazquez, 28, of San Jose, at Keyes and S. 3rd streets near her home, on suspicion of felonious theft of jewelry from six elementary school-aged juveniles in separate incidents. Contreras-Velazquez is suspected of committing the thefts at the listed elementary schools in San Jose between October 18, 2011 and November 16, 2011.
Contreras-Velazquez would approach the victim on school campus during school hours and, in each each case, engaged the victim in conversation while pretending to be a family friend. After gaining the victim’s trust, Contreras-Velazquez would ask the victim to remove the necklace and show it to her, or she herself would remove the necklace from the victim’s neck. In some cases, Contreras replaced the victim’s gold necklace with a costume jewelry necklace. Contreras-Velazquez did not use threats, fear, or force in any of the cases, but rather, gained the victims’ trust and cooperation.
Contreras-Velazquez was booked into the Santa Clara County Jail on six counts of felony grand theft and one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, where she currently remains on $100,000.00 bail.
It is believed Contreras-Velazquez sold the victims’ gold necklaces to jewelry stores, businesses engaged in the purchase and sale of gold, or to individuals. The necklaces were not of high monetary value, but rather, of high sentimental value to the victims.
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