It was just after midnight on March 14.

An alarm was going off at Victoria Liquors at 22 S. Park Victoria Drive. Less than a minute (47 seconds, to be exact) after the call for service came in, a Milpitas Police officer was on the scene.

The store’s glass front door had been broken but remained standing. Meanwhile, next door, at Metro by T-Mobile (38 S. Park Victoria), a second glass door was found to be smashed, as well.

Officers searched the area, seeking a suspect and any other impacted businesses. Nutricion Y Salud (52 S. Park Victoria) had been hit, as well, as shown by its smashed window.

Moreover, officers heard someone inside there…

It was Richard Salas (18), a Milpitas resident. He was inside Nutricion Y Salud holding a steering wheel lock. Around Salas’ head was a cloth.

Blood ran from the suspect’s hands and back.

Salas turned to the officers. He walked their way.

They put him in cuffs and took him to the Santa Clara County Main Jail. Charges: burglary & vandalism.Got more info? Call the MPD: 408-586-2400. Or the Crime Tip Hotline, to keep it anonymous: 408-586-2500. Or just go to the MPD’s website: http://www.ci.milpitas.ca.gov/crimetip

Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro is a writer and filmmaker. He is the author of six critically acclaimed fiction books, among them the novella "It's Only Temporary" (2005), which appeared on Nightmare Magazine's list of the Top 100 Horror Books, and numerous short stories published in anthologies alongside work by H.P. Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, Chuck Palahniuk, and many others. His nonfiction articles have been published on The Daily Dot, Ravishly, and The Good Men Project. His first feature film, "Rule of 3" (2010), won awards at the Fantasia International Film Festival and Shriekfest, and had its U.S. premiere at Fantastic Fest. His second feature film, "Living Things" (2014), was endorsed by PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals) and distributed by Cinema Libre Studio. In 2015, he won the 19th Annual Fade In Award for Thriller Screenplays. He was a founding partner of Ghostwriters Central, a writing and editing firm which received positive notices from The Wall Street Journal, Consumers Digest, and the TV program "Intelligence For Your Life." Eric has edited works published on The Huffington Post and Forbes, as well as two Bram Stoker Award-nominated novels.

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