Teenage burglars busted in Menlo Park

Neighbor spots crime in progress

While some teenagers are lamenting the end of holiday vacation, others are seizing the opportunity to enrich themselves – only with other people's stuff, instead of knowledge.

Two 16-year-old East Palo Alto teenagers allegedly broke into a house in the 500 block of Pope Street in Menlo Park around 10:36 a.m. on Monday. Their time might have been better spent in school, since the police arrested the pair within minutes after a neighbor spotted the suspects, dressed in black, strolling through the victim's backyard.

After a brief foot chase, officers found stolen property on the suspects and in their burgundy 2000 Mazda 626, according to the report.

The loot ranged from high tech -- a Nintendo Wii with games, a digital camera, a computer, and Bose speakers -- to low tech in the form of a golf shirt, heirloom watch, and ear buds. Police spokesperson Nicole Acker said all stolen items were recovered.

The teens were booked into Hillcrest for residential burglary and don't appear to have prior records, police said.

Anyone with information about this incident can call the police at 330-6300.

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