Two men have been arrested for burglary in a months-long theft of pesticides from Terminix in Pleasanton.
A 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 filed on Jan. 13, in which Terminix in the 5800 block of W. Las Positas Boulevard 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 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 for burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary.