SAN JOSE -- A man on parole after serving two years in prison for a series of tech-related thefts is facing another stint in the slammer after being charged with 36 felonies connected to a crime spree targeting computer components, prosecutors said.
Andrew Madrid, a 39-year-old San Jose resident, is believed to be responsible for a more than three dozen burglaries at commercial high-tech businesses from Redwood City to Los Gatos. According to the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office, the crimes occurred between August 2012 and April 2013. They were connected to Madrid after he was caught breaking into a Santa Clara office complex in April.
The stolen items were valued at $400,000, but prosecutors said Madrid crashed the networks of several companies when he stole the components and financial losses could total millions of dollars.
While some of the equipment contained personal identifiers of customers and caused the companies to notify people about the potential breach, prosecutors said there is no evidence that Madrid used any of the private information. However, investigators found that some company employees had credit card information taken and used right after the burglaries.
In one case, Madrid's stolen Yamaha motorcycle was outfitted with thousands of dollars in parts bought with the stolen credit cards. He also bought his now-deceased aunt a $4,000 electric wheelchair with a stolen card, prosecutors said.
Madrid was charged last week with felonies including 24 counts of commercial burglary, five counts of identity theft, six counts of theft or possession of stolen property and one count of possessing methamphetamine. He is being held on $1 million bail and could face more than 29 years in custody if convicted, prosecutors said.
Madrid was busted by the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office high-tech crime task force in 2007 for similar burglaries, and also for hacking into corporate computers to steal data. He was sentenced in 2009 and released in 2011 and was still on parole for those crimes when he was arrested in April.
"Mr. Madrid is a professional criminal who didn't get the message the last time he got caught," said prosecutor Tom Flattery in a news release.
Investigators believe Madrid committed additional commercial burglaries in the Bay Area. Anyone with information related to these crimes is asked to contact Investigator Hung LeDang at 408-282-2434.
Contact Eric Kurhi at 408-920-5852. Follow him at Twitter.com/erickurhi.