General Crime

Men Allegedly Stealing Thousands of Dollars Worth of Copper Caught on Camera

ID #16-290

Santa Clara County Sheriff Press Release

After the last anchor store tenant JCPenney vacated the Vallco shopping mall property, there were five copper theft incidents which resulted in the loss of tens of thousands of dollars.

Sheriff’s West Valley detectives have been working relentlessly to identify the suspects since the first incident which occurred on May3rd. Detectives we were able to obtain critical pieces of information and follow up on a number of tips. Their hard work led to the arrest of suspect Steven Tougas, 41, of Campbell, on Tuesday, May 31st.


1 Steven Tougas

Tougas confessed to committing all five counts of copper theft. He was booked into Main Jail on $100,000 bail.

A second suspect, shown in the surveillance video, is unknown and currently at large.

Surveillance footage from the rooftop, which showed the suspects committing the thefts. (Courtesy of Vallco Security)

If you know the name of this suspect.

Send us a Tip at: [email protected] or

Call us at 1-800-9-CAUGHT (1-800-922-8448) or

Text us at (408)355-0999

For an immediate sighting, please dial 9-1-1

Si usted tiene alguna información que pueda ayudar a resolver este crimen.

Por favor envia un correo electronico a [email protected]

o llame la línea de Los Fugitivos en 1-800-9-CAUGHT (1-800-922-8448)

o envia un texto en su celular 408-355-0999

Si usted ve esta persona en este momento, llame al 9-1-1

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