On Friday afternoon, a Menlo Park resident noticed that the house seemed a bit emptier than it had that morning, what with computers, electronics and jewelry missing, and called police to report a burglary.
Javier Lopez-Wiltron, 33, of Redwood City. (Photo: San Mateo County Sheriff's Office)
Guadalupe Gallegos, 32, of Redwood City. (Photo: San Mateo County Sheriff's Office)
Two laptops, an iPad, a jewelry box containing necklaces, earrings and watches, a camera charger and a gym bag, with a total estimated value of $8,600, were gone.
With some help from tracking software on the victim's iPad, they determined that the missing items were now in Redwood City.
Upon arrival at the iPad's location, police found 32-year-old Guadalupe Gallegos and 33-year-old Javier Lopez-Wiltron, both of Redwood City. The pair allegedly had "a large amount of stolen property" from burglaries in Menlo Park, unincorporated Redwood City and Palo Alto.
The pair were arrested and booked into San Mateo County jail on suspicion of burglary, possession of stolen property and conspiracy, with the additional counts of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and associated paraphernalia (a pipe) for Mr. Lopez-Wiltron.
Menlo Park police ask anyone with information about this case to call 330-6300 or the anonymous tip hotline at 330-6395. Police are working with other jurisdictions to identify the owners of other items found during the arrests.