Menlo Park woman busts teen burglars


Around 3 p.m. on a quiet, sunny Monday afternoon, a 41-year-old Menlo Park woman noticed something peculiar in her backyard: Two teenage boys testing whether a sliding glass door, or possibly a bedroom window, might let them enter her house uninvited.

The pair left the Windermere Avenue property after discovering the answer was, "No." According to the crime log, police greeted the 16-year-olds a short distance away and escorted them to Hillcrest Juvenile Hall for attempted burglary and possession of marijuana.

Other burglars were equally unsuccessful, even the ones that did manage to get into the building. The owner of a maintenance shop in the 1300 block of Willow Road told police around 8:30 a.m. that someone had been in the shop without permission during the weekend, but didn't take anything or force entry.

Late Monday, at 11:30 p.m., a resident reported that someone had broken into their home via a garage door in the 1200 block of Henderson Avenue, ransacked two bedrooms -- and left without stealing anything.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of another community
on Sep 27, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Maybe these were the same youngsters as were just arrested; they've had the munchies for *days* & were just looking for some snacky snacks.

I remember years ago when that poor woman on Menalto confronted a young intruder & he murdered her. IIRC, ironically, his mom had sent him to this area to live w/relatives because she was concerned about the company he'd been keeping.

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Posted by MENLO
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Sep 27, 2011 at 1:03 pm

What a memory, happened back in the late 80's....

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Posted by Bob
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Sep 27, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Too bad the law doesn't allow the release of names of arrested who are ages 16 and 17. Also publish the parents' names of all juveniles arrested from age ten up to 21. That might help put a damper on the youthful criminal activity.

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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Sep 27, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Nice pinch!

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of another community
on Sep 27, 2011 at 6:25 pm

MENLO, yes, that bloody, heinous crime really has stayed w/me - I didn't live that far away. I recall it really hit the cops heard, too - it was that bad. I was quite young (weren't we all once!) & it impacted me, so when I've lived alone, I've had a dog as often as possible. I remind myself of the canines benefits when I grumble about paying vet bills & cleaning up their messes.

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