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News - February 24, 2010

Atherton resident's 911 call leads to burglary arrest

An alert resident in the first block of Holbrook Lane in Atherton appears to have been instrumental in interrupting a possible burglary of a neighbor's house when he called police on the morning of Friday, Feb 19.

Atherton police have arrested and booked into county jail Beata Wyszynska, 59, of Poland on burglary and vandalism charges, according to an Atherton Police Department report.

The neighbor called police at about 9:50 a.m. after hearing a sound of breaking glass and seeing "two suspicious subjects" enter his neighbor's home, police said.

Sgt. Joe Wade and Officer Dave Metzger responded and, upon arriving at the scene, noticed through the front window that someone was in the house, police said.

The person inside noticed the police outside and immediately ran toward the back of the house, police said. The officers arrested Ms. Wyszynska as she was trying to leave the house through a broken rear window, police said.

As for the second suspect, police set up a perimeter with reinforcements, including a police dog, from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office and Menlo Park Police Department, but the search did not turn up anything, police said.

Police are on the lookout at area motels and hotels for Chicago-based visitors who may have been driving a red rental car with Illinois plates, the report said.

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