APD Arrests Alleged Thieves


According to the Milpitas Police Department (MPD), on July 19 loss-prevention workers at Kohl’s Department Store at the Great Mall in Milpitas watched a woman push a shopping cart brimming with merchandise out of one of the store’s emergency exits. A man in a Mercedes-Benz was waiting to whisk her and the allegedly stolen goods away. The workers stopped the woman, but said that her accomplice attempted to fire a gun at them. The gun misfired and the pair escaped.  

MPD sent surveillance photos from Kohl’s to other police departments. Detectives from the Alameda Police Department (APD) recognized the pair as Miguel Tovanche of Castro Valley and Carmen Vargas of Oakland; both wanted for robbery in Alameda.

APD officers found and arrested Tovanche in the early morning hours of July 24. Authorities are holding Tovanche on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, burglary and conspiracy. Vargas faces burglary and conspiracy charges.

Both remain in custody at the Santa Clara County Jail. Tovanche is being held without bail. The courts set Vargas’ bail at $110,000. They are both due to appear at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 15, before Judge Socrates Manoukian in Department 41 at the Santa Clara County Hall of Justice, 190 West Hedding St. in San Jose.