Former Atherton police officer Clark Yee has pleaded no contest to a felony charge of filing a false police report about stolen golf clubs he allegedly sold.
Mr. Yee, 29, of Daly City entered his plea during a San Mateo County Superior Court hearing on June 4. His sentence includes financial restitution and a 50-day county jail sentence as part of a plea bargain agreement reached with the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office. He also pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor burglary charge for entering the Golf Mart store with the intent to sell stolen goods.
Mr. Yee allegedly sold 14 golf clubs to South San Francisco Golf Mart in exchange for store credit. The clubs previously had been reported stolen from a vehicle at an Atherton residence.
The victim later recognized his golf clubs for sale at the store, and reported his discovery to police. Mr. Yee was one of the Atherton police officers involved in the investigation.
Mr. Yee claimed he had unknowingly bought the stolen clubs from someone named Omar on Craigslist, but no evidence of such an online transaction was found on his home computers, said Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.
Mr. Yee resigned from the Atherton police department earlier this year, before the conclusion of a personnel investigation triggered by a citizen complaint.
Atherton Police Chief Bob Brennan said that Mr. Yee was a police officer in Palo Alto prior to working in Atherton, and that prior to the complaint, Mr. Yee had a good record with the department.
Mr. Yee's sentence qualifies him for the sheriff's work release program, so it's likely he will do community service work rather than serve time in jail, said Mr. Wagstaffe.