SAN JOSE -- Police believe a suspected nighttime burglar with a penchant for peeping at women may have unknown victims and are asking the public to come forward if they have additional information.

Police arrested Pedro Aparicio Guzman, 38, at his Pipe Dream Court home on May 2, just hours after a home a few blocks away was burglarized early in the morning. In that case, the burglar took items while the residents slept, including a porcelain Buddha statue.

A female resident at the Panoche Avenue home later found that a dirty pair of underwear had been taken from a laundry basket and thrown on the roof of the home.

Pedro Aparicio Guzman, 38, of San Jose
Pedro Aparicio Guzman, 38, of San Jose (Courtesy of San Jose police department)

Investigators found fingerprints at the scene connecting the crime to Guzman, who was arrested and charged with trespassing in 2009 after a 13-year-old girl awoke in the middle of the night to find a man standing over her.

When they arrested Guzman and did a search of his apartment, they found items connecting him to the Panoche burglary as well as one that happened on Mistflower Drive on April 13. In that case, stolen items included an orange that had been placed on a Buddhist shrine, and a woman who lived there said the day before the burglary she was surprised by a man who was standing near an entrance to the home, watching her wash her hands. The man was masturbating, police said.

The crimes happened within a few blocks of McLaughlin Avenue and Story Road.


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Guzman has been charged with two counts of burglary and faces 25-years-to life if convicted of his third strike.

"This was a great job by both our patrol officers and our Central ID Unit," said acting Police Chief Larry Esquivel in a statement. "These were very bold crimes, and they serve as a reminder to lock your doors and windows at night and most importantly, report suspicious activity to the police."

Anyone with information about possible connected crimes or the suspect is asked to call the police burglary unit at 408-537-1315. Anonymous tips can be made at Silicon Valley CrimeStoppers at 408-947-7867 or www.tipsubmit.org and may be eligible for a reward.

Contact Eric Kurhi at 408-920-5852. Follow him at Twitter.com/erickurhi.