Suspects in Portola Valley burglary incident plead not guilty


Two South San Francisco men jailed on burglary charges in connection with a March 7 incident in the Westridge neighborhood of Portola Valley pleaded not guilty in a Redwood City courtroom on Wednesday, April 7, prosecutors said.

Gary Wayne Ledbetter, 42, and Nathanial James Rohman, 33, entered their pleas to Superior Court Judge Susan Etezadi, who set Sept. 7 at 8:30 a.m. for a jury trial, according to a report by Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

Deputies from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office discovered Mr. Ledbetter sitting in a truck parked on Golden Hills Drive on a Sunday afternoon, according to a Sheriff's Office account of the incident provided to The Almanac for an earlier story. When deputies learned that he was a parolee, they searched his truck and found tools commonly used for burglary.

After Mr. Ledbetter told deputies that he had an accomplice -- Mr. Rohman -- at a construction site a few blocks away and waiting to be picked up, the deputies used his truck to entice Mr. Rohman into a situation in which he, too, was captured.

Both men are in San Mateo County jail with bail set at $25,000.

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