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Woman sentenced for Atherton burglary

 

A San Mateo County judge has handed down a sentence of six months in jail and three years of supervised probation to Beata Wyszynska, 59, who Atherton police apprehended in February as she tried to leave a Holbrook Avenue home through a broken window, prosecutors said.

In the April 26 sentencing on burglary and vandalism charges, Superior Court Judge Susan Etezadi gave Ms. Wyszynska 99 days credit for time already served, according to a report by Deputy Chief District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. Ms. Wyszynska must undergo counseling and pay $310 in fines, $75 a month for probation, and restitution to the victim in an amount to be determined.

Police may search her home and vehicles with or without probable cause, and will not need a warrant to seize evidence of probation violations, prosecutors said. She must submit a DNA sample and is not allowed to contact the victim or the victim's family.

Police arrived on the scene at about 9:50 a.m. on Feb. 19 after a neighbor called 911 upon 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.

Police did not find evidence of any of the victim's personal property missing from the house.

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Posted by Ranch Gal
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Apr 27, 2010 at 12:24 pm

never said whether they apprehended the other subject or not.


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Posted by nitpicker
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Apr 27, 2010 at 4:17 pm

Call her the Atherton burgler - she's been tried and convicted. Suspects don't get sentenced, only convicted criminals.


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Posted by Joe
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Apr 27, 2010 at 4:43 pm

Life is so uncomplicated, isn't it, Nitpicker?


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Posted by nitpicker
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Apr 28, 2010 at 11:55 pm

In this particular case, yes, it is very simple. As to the burglar's motives - I'm sure there are reams of complicated backstory worthy of understanding. That's a separate issue. My comment was directed at the weaseling headline; the lawsuit-driven use of the term "suspect," when, in fact, there is no longer a suspect, only a convicted and sentenced criminal.

[Editor's note: Good point. We changed the head on the story to: Woman sentenced for Atherton burglary. The head at the top of this thread will stay the same since that's what the comments are about. But if you click on the Web link, you will see the new head.]


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