California woman stole Amazon van because she ‘just needed to get back to San Jose’: police

 A California woman told police she stole an Amazon employee's van last week because she "just had to get back to San Jose."

Palo Alto police received a call just after 3:30 p.m. On Thursday, an Amazon driver said someone stole his van, which was filled with undelivered packages.

Investigators discovered the employee had parked his van eastbound in the 400 block of West Charleston Road while making a delivery. The employee left his keys in the ignition and the engine running.

As he was returning to his van, the employee saw him being taken away, police said. The worker saw the van make a U-turn on West Charleston Road and then head south toward El Camino Real.

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Investigators worked with Amazon dispatchers to live-track the stolen van and watch the suspect exit the vehicle after it was parked at an Amazon facility in the 900 block of McLaughlin Avenue in San Jose, about 20 miles south of Palo Alto. Found.

Detectives arrested Elena Flores, 36, of San Jose, California. He was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for felony vehicle theft, and for committing a felony while out on bail for a felony.

Online records indicate Flores is still in custody on $35,000 bail. He is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday morning. It was not clear whether he had hired a lawyer who could speak on his behalf.

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