Two from San Jose arrested in Pleasanton pesticide theft

One current, one former Terminix employee arrested

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.


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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Feb 16, 2014 at 4:21 pm

Sgt. Friday: Funny thing about you stealing bug killer.

Torres: Yeah, what's that?

Sgt. Friday: You're the one getting squashed.

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Posted by Vernon
a resident of Castlewood Heights
on Feb 17, 2014 at 11:00 am

Place must have been bugged, nice job you dopes.

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Posted by HA
a resident of Del Prado
on Feb 17, 2014 at 11:04 pm

Funny thing is that PW first said is 120,000.00 dollars worth of pesticides that had been stolen. this is petty theft.

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