By Khalida Sarwari
Los Gatos-Monte Sereno police are reminding residents to report suspicious cars and individuals and not to leave valuables in their cars after thwarting potentially illegal activity last week.
Los Gatos-Monte Sereno police officers arrested Kenneth Pettit, 37, and Andrea Schmiedeskamp, 30, on June 11 after responding to a report of a suspicious car with two occupants on Fairview Plaza, according to police.
When Pettit and Schmiedeskamp were stopped, they allegedly lied about their identity, police said.
In their car, officers found a loaded sawed off shotgun, metal pipe, a credit card reader, burglary tools, credit cards and driver’s licenses belonging to other people, police said.
Earlier this week, detectives found additional credit cards, driver’s licenses and a cash register in a storage locker.
Police believe Pettit and Schmiedeskamp might be connected to about 10 incidents in San Jose, Sunnyvale and Oakland.
Pettit was booked on four warrants and 10 felony and misdemeanor counts, including possession of drug paraphernalia, false information to a police officer, concealed weapons, and burglary tools. He is scheduled to enter a plea on Thursday, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office.
Schmiedeskamp was booked for possession of a deadly weapon, burglary tools and drug charges. She will be arraigned on June 25, the district attorney’s office said.
Police are continuing to investigate the case and ask anyone with information to call the detective bureau of the Police Department at (408) 827-3235.