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Three arrested in string of Willows burglaries

 

After weeks of dogged investigation, Menlo Park police have nabbed three men allegedly behind the recent rash of home burglaries in the Willows neighborhood, the department announced on Oct. 7.

Two suspects called East Palo Alto home, 19-year-old Victor and his 18-year-old brother Ricardo Esparza. Jesus Lara, 18, resides in Hayward and East Palo Alto.

The men are charged with three counts of burglary, according to Assistant District Attorney Karen Guidotti.

Last month, describing the crime spree as "unprecedented," Menlo Park police met with Willows residents to discuss the string of break-ins.

Ten burglaries and two attempts occurred in September -- nine within one week -- during the hours of 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., when empty homes made inviting targets.

Investigator continue to chase leads. Anyone with information about the crimes or suspects can call detectives at 330-6364 or 330-6363.

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