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News - January 22, 2014

Couple arraigned in stolen Porsche case

A San Jose couple suspected of involvement in several Peninsula burglaries and the theft in September of a Porsche from a Portola Valley home pleaded not guilty to eight counts of residential burglary and related charges, according to San Mateo County prosecutors.

Juan Carlos Ortega-Ramos and Ashley Lynn Kirk, both 24 years old, entered their not-guilty pleas at a Jan. 15 arraignment before Judge John Grandsaert in San Mateo County Superior Court in Redwood City. Both remain in custody on $500,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is set for Jan. 28 at 9 a.m.

A license-plate check on a Porsche 911S parked on a Belmont street on Sept. 11, 2013, led to a report that the car had been stolen earlier that day from a home on Hillbrook Drive in Portola Valley, prosecutors said. Detectives from the Sheriff's Office got involved and located and arrested Mr. Ramos and Ms. Kirk.

The couple worked as a team, prosecutors said. Ms. Kirk worked for PetSmart and allegedly gathered information from customers boarding their pets at the San Carlos location while they were out of town. She would then pass that information on to Mr. Ramos, who then allegedly burgled the homes, stealing electronic equipment, jewelry and other property, including the Porsche, prosecutors said.

All the missing goods from the Hillbrook Drive burglary have been recovered, as have some goods connected to other burglaries, deputies said. Detectives are looking at the couple in connection with several other Peninsula burglaries, prosecutors said.

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