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Two arrested in Menlo Park burglary

Duo may be connected to other Peninsula thefts

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)
Officers responded at 1:12 p.m. that day (April 11) to the home in the 700 block of Nash Avenue, according to the report.

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.

Comments

Posted by happy guy, a resident of Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle
on Apr 14, 2014 at 12:17 pm

Another win for Apple. Without the iPad leading the victim and the police to the perps, this would be just another sad house burglary story.

Congrats to the MP PD for following the lead. Stopping this couple before they caused more trouble is a plus to all.


Posted by member94025, a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Apr 14, 2014 at 12:53 pm

Glad they were caught! It's the few criminals that do many of the crimes.

Glad the apple product tracked them down. For people with Android, there are many apps (like cerberus) that does the same thing.


Posted by Lee, a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Apr 14, 2014 at 6:38 pm

It's the meth. So sad. You think they really want that kind of life? Glad they are off the streets and safe in jail and I pray they get treatment.
I have been a victim myself, so I get it, but is such an insidious drug.


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