Police arrested an employee at Palo Alto Medical Foundation last week in connection with burglarizing a pharmacy after business hours and stealing more than 10,000 pills of prescription narcotic drugs. Jerry Silveira, 34, was arrested on Mar. 5 for burglarizing a pharmacy at Palo Alto Medical Foundation on Mar. 2.
At about 1:15 p.m. on Mar. 2, Palo Alto police responded to a report of a theft of narcotics from the Palo Alto Medical Foundation pharmacy, located at 795 El Camino Real. Based on the initial investigation, police learned that an unknown suspect entered the pharmacy overnight and stole narcotics from locked cabinets. Among the stolen narcotics were oxycodone, methadone and morphine, police said. Detectives also learned that additional narcotics were stolen from the pharmacy’s expired medication locker. With the assistance of staff at Palo Alto Medical Foundation, detectives were able to identify the suspect as Silveira, an employee of Palo Alto Medical Foundation at the time of the burglary, police said.
Detectives obtained a search warrant for Silveira’s residence and vehicle, police said. At about 5:40 p.m. on Mar. 5, police detectives conducted a vehicle stop on the suspect as he was leaving Palo Alto Medical Foundation. Inside the vehicle, police located a portion of the stolen prescription narcotic drugs. Methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were also found inside the vehicle, according to police. Silveira was arrested without incident, police said. Later that same day, detectives served the search warrant at the Silveira’s residence and recovered the rest of the narcotics that were stolen during the robbery, as well as more methamphetamine, police said. Police believe that Silveira stole more than 10,000 pills during the burglary.
An estimate of the street value of the pills is not available, police said, due to the price fluctuation of prescription narcotic drugs on the black market. Silveira was booked into the Santa Clara County Jail for felonies including commercial burglary, possession of narcotics, possession of narcotics for sale, possession of stolen property and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, police said. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Palo Alto police.
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