A fake gun, a purse and several stolen cellphones led police on Monday night to arrest a Menlo Park teenager on suspicion of robbery.
Police were investigating two recent strong-arm robberies -- one on April 17 in the 1300 block of Hill Avenue and another on April 19 at the corner of Ivy Drive and Almanor Avenue -- when they identified one potential culprit.
Based on witness descriptions, officers started looking for a 17-year-old boy, who was on probation for robbery, and located him around 9:45 p.m. last night, according to the report.
A search of the vehicle he was in and a nearby yard turned up a replica gun resembling the weapon used in Saturday's crime, cellphones from the victims of both robberies and, inside a garbage can, a purse belonging to the woman robbed on April 17, police said.
The teen was arrested on suspicion of robbery and assault with a firearm. Investigators continue to look for a second suspect who participated in Saturday's robbery.
Police ask that anyone with information about these cases call 330-6300 or anonymous tip line at 330-6395.