Burgess pool burglars busted

Police find stash of stolen items

Menlo Park detectives on the trail of a stolen cellphone uncovered two suspects and a collection of items stolen from Burgess Pool during the past several weeks.

On Monday, a police officer arrived at the pool to talk to a woman who said her cellphone had been stolen from a locker, according to the report. Earlier in the day someone had reported a woman loitering in the locker area; officers found a phone -- minus the battery -- in her possession, but the serial number didn't appear to match any stolen property.

Still, as Detective Ron Venzon continued to investigate, it turned out the phone was, in fact, the one reported stolen, and warranted further sleuthing.

A search of 19-year-old Vanessa Echevarria's Menlo Park home allegedly turned up a bonanza of illicit goods, including phones, purses, car keys and jewelry. Police said that many of the items matched descriptions of property stolen from the pool locker room during the past several weeks.

Ms. Echevarria and her boyfriend, 21-year-old Ignacio Hernandez of East Palo Alto, reportedly confessed to several thefts and were arrested. Police said they were booked into San Mateo County Jail for conspiracy and burglary along with possession of stolen property.

The investigation continues. Anyone with information on this case may contact Detective Christine Powell at or call 330-6364; or Detective Venzon at or 330-6363.


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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Sep 12, 2012 at 8:30 am

Nice job Menlo Park PD!

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Posted by Annabelle
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Sep 12, 2012 at 12:23 pm

So sad they are already well on their way to a life of crime.

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Posted by swimmer
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Sep 12, 2012 at 5:14 pm

This behavior taints the reputation of our public pool.

They'll probably get off with a hand slap.

How about some free labor - like a year of janitorial work each?

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Posted by Tara
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Sep 13, 2012 at 1:38 pm

I say turn them over to Tim Sheeper and force them to do mandatory workouts. They'll be too exhausted to steal. And then when they're done with the workouts they can clean the locker rooms.

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Posted by Daniel McKee
a resident of Encinal School
on Sep 17, 2012 at 7:24 am

Ronnie Venzon is a super hero!

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