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Mountain View Police Arrest 3 Suspected Gang Members Trying to Sell Stolen Jewelry

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Three suspected members of the Sureno criminal street gang were arrested Wednesday in Mountain View after trying to sell allegedly stolen gold jewelry to a second hand dealer, police said today. Rigoberto Lopez, 22, of Sunnyvale, a 16-year-old male from Sunnyvale and a 13-year-old girl from Redwood City, were arrested on suspicion of possession of stolen property, police Sgt. Saul Jaeger said.

The three were arrested while police and city code enforcement officers were checking whether a second hand jewelry dealer was complying with a new law requiring dealers to fully document purchases of jewelry from private sellers, Jaeger said. The trio entered the second hand jewelry store on Wednesday and attempted to sell some gold jewelry but the proprietor refused their request, according to Jaeger.

After the three suspects left the store, undercover police officers and city code enforcement officers stopped them and took custody of a bag full of electronics, drug paraphernalia and gold jewelry, police said. The items inside the bag had been reported stolen during a recent burglary of a home in Sunnyvale, according to police.

All three of the suspects are believed to be members of the Sureno street gang, Jaeger said. The new law requiring added documentation of purchases by second hand jewelry dealers in Mountain View was approved by the city in March and became effective in June, police said. The city passed the ordinance after seeing a rise in local burglaries and thefts and attempts by criminals from outside the city to sell stolen jewelry to dealers in Mountain View, according to police.

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