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News - August 13, 2014

Portola Valley: Deputies nab theft suspect

A 39-year-old Fremont man was arrested Thursday morning in Ladera after a Portola Valley resident called 911 to report seeing a suspicious person in a driveway in Westridge. The man, the caller said, drove away in a dark-blue Lexus.

A short time after the 7:40 a.m. call on Aug. 7, San Mateo County Sheriff's Office deputies stopped a car fitting the description on Alpine Road in Ladera and arrested Chester Brown. He was booked into San Mateo County jail on $25,000 bail on charges of auto burglary, possession of stolen property, and prowling. He was also charged with violating parole, deputies said.

The initial call came from a resident in the Westridge neighborhood. Around the time of the arrest, dispatchers received calls from two Westridge residents who reported thefts from their vehicles, deputies said.

The Lexus was searched and deputies found jewelry, wallets, a laptop computer and clothing, all determined to have been stolen from vehicles in the Portola Valley area, deputies said. They also found items believed to have been stolen but that have not yet been reported stolen.

Deputies are asking anyone with information about this case, including those discovering that they have been victims, to call Detective Scott Berberian at (650) 363-4051. The anonymous-witness line is 1-800-547-2700.

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