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See Something, Say Something: VTA Bus Operators Assist with Local Arrest

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VTA bus operators, Juan Balleza and Michael Grenz, are being applauded by Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith for being observant and vigilant.

The two on-duty drivers played separate, but critical roles that helped lead to the arrest of a man wanted on an FBI felony warrant.

On February 6, the suspect allegedly spread a non-hazardous substance aboard a VTA bus driven by Balleza in Sunnyvale and then left the scene. VTA, in partnership with the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office that patrols VTA’s 346 square-mile system, issued a description of the suspect that was sent to all bus drivers and train operators.

Roughly one hour later, Grenz spotted a person matching the suspect’s description at a bus stop in Los Altos.

The man was then apprehended by deputies and booked into jail.

“Because we are in daily contact with members of the public, there are times when we can support law enforcement agencies in the work they do,” said Angelique Gaeta, VTA’s Chief of System Safety and Security. “The quick-thinking actions of our operators is a testament to our ongoing commitment to do just that – see something, say something.”   

If you observe safety concerns or suspicious activities on or around VTA’s transit system, download the free VTAlerts app on your smartphone (or iPad) available at the Apple Store or Google Play.

Safety is everyone’s job.

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