Ex-Atherton cop in golf club case cops a plea


Former Atherton police officer Clark Yee has pleaded no contest to a felony charge of filing a false police report about stolen golf clubs he allegedly sold.

Mr. Yee, 29, of Daly City entered his plea during a San Mateo County Superior Court hearing on June 4. His sentence includes financial restitution and a 50-day county jail sentence as part of a plea bargain agreement reached with the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office. He also pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor burglary charge for entering the Golf Mart store with the intent to sell stolen goods.

Mr. Yee allegedly sold 14 golf clubs to South San Francisco Golf Mart in exchange for store credit. The clubs previously had been reported stolen from a vehicle at an Atherton residence.

The victim later recognized his golf clubs for sale at the store, and reported his discovery to police. Mr. Yee was one of the Atherton police officers involved in the investigation.

Mr. Yee claimed he had unknowingly bought the stolen clubs from someone named Omar on Craigslist, but no evidence of such an online transaction was found on his home computers, said Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

Mr. Yee resigned from the Atherton police department earlier this year, before the conclusion of a personnel investigation triggered by a citizen complaint.

Atherton Police Chief Bob Brennan said that Mr. Yee was a police officer in Palo Alto prior to working in Atherton, and that prior to the complaint, Mr. Yee had a good record with the department.

Mr. Yee's sentence qualifies him for the sheriff's work release program, so it's likely he will do community service work rather than serve time in jail, said Mr. Wagstaffe.


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Posted by anonymous
a resident of another community
on Jul 18, 2008 at 7:33 pm

he's a good man

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Posted by hot on the triail
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jul 7, 2009 at 8:01 am

A public records request reveals a forwarded e-mail from then Lieutenant Glenn Nielsen to his boss Chief Robert Brennan about a Tiger Woods Driver the e-mail was sent on December 12, 2007 more than two weeks before Officer Yee was suspended pending an Internal Affairs investigation over the alleged theft of golf clubs.

In his e-mail addressed to Chief Robert Brennan and Jennifer Frew, Lieutenant Nielsen says \"shall we share this joke with Officer Yee?\"

One has to wonder what Officer Yee might have said or done to cross the thin blue line.

Stay tuned, this story is bound to get better as discovery proceeds in litigation pending against the Town of Atherton. You can bet that police reports written by former Officer Yee will be subponead.

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Posted by Need some answers
a resident of Atherton: West of Alameda
on Jul 7, 2009 at 8:55 am

Hot, what exactly are you on the trail of? If you've got some scandal to share, you've got to be more clear. And what discovery for litigation are you talking about? Is someone suing over the golf club theft?

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Posted by in the know
a resident of Atherton: West of Alameda
on Jul 8, 2009 at 8:05 am

Officer Yee was about to break rank with his colleagues. And tell the truth about an incident involving the violation of a so called suspect\'s civil rights.

In response there was a certain high ranking official in the Atherton Police Department (Hint, he was recently promoted and he is an admirer or Richard Nixon) who followed what has been a successful strategy of avoiding accountability. Accuse your enemy of what you yourself are guilty of.

It will soon be revealed through discovery that Officer Yee was knowledgeable about a falsified police report. Regrettably what Yee pleaded nolo contendre.

I am sorry I cannot reveal what litigation (either ongoing or pending) this is related to. But I know of one individual at 83 Ashfield who will get very nervous when the subponea hits his desk.

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