Pleasanton Weekly

News - February 21, 2014

San Jose men arrested in Pleasanton pesticide theft

One current, one former Terminix employee arrested

by Glenn Wohltmann

Two men have been arrested for burglary in a months-long theft of pesticides from Terminix in Pleasanton.

Former employee Anthony Torres, 25, and current employee Nicholas Gil, 27, both of San Jose, were arrested Feb. 12.

"Detectives executed a search and arrest warrant at Torres' home in San Jose," Pleasanton police Sgt. Maria Munayer said. "Gil was arrested the same day after detectives located him arriving at a service appointment."

A commercial burglary report was first filed on Jan. 13, in which Terminix noted an unknown number of cases of a chemical had been stolen. Initial estimates put the theft at as much as $180,000, but Munayer said the actual amount stolen was about $20,000.

"The investigation led detectives to a storage unit in San Jose where over $15,000 of stolen commercial-grade pesticides were recovered," she said. "Approximately $5,000 worth of pesticides had already been sold on eBay."

The company, located on West Las Positas Boulevard, uses about $600,000 in chemicals per year, so the loss wasn't noted until recently. The burglaries spanned a period of nearly a year, from last March to January.

Torres and Gil were booked at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin on charges of burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary.

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