Woodside: Man seeks emergency assistance, and winds up in jail

Deputies find stolen goods in truck stranded on a Woodside road

A man who sought emergency assistance for a stranded truck on a Woodside road in the early morning hours of Friday, Dec. 13, ended up in jail later that day when deputies found stolen goods in his truck.

Donald Elliot, 30, of San Jose was booked into San Mateo County jail shortly after noon on Dec. 13 in connection with an early morning burglary that day at a Tripp Court residence in Woodside. He bailed out of jail on Dec. 16, said Deputy Rebecca Rosenblatt.

Donald Elliot
Authorities became involved when a man knocked on the door of a Tripp Road residence about 5 a.m. on Dec. 13, saying his truck had stalled about half a mile away in the 3600 block of Partition Road. The man said his fiancee was waiting in the truck and they needed roadside assistance. The Tripp Road resident called 911 on the man's behalf.

Firefighters and medics from the Woodside Fire Protection District arrived and took the couple to Sequoia Hospital for a weather-related condition. The man and the woman were released from the hospital and took a taxi back to their truck.

Meanwhile, deputies had arrived and were arranging to have the truck towed since it was partially blocking the road. The truck was up against a thin tree trunk that prevented the vehicle from rolling off the road and down a steep hill, deputies said.

Before towing a vehicle, deputies are obligated to make an inventory of its contents in case something should go missing from the vehicle. As they were doing this, the list of contents appeared to match a list of items missing from a burglary reported that morning.

The reported missing items included wheels, two Olympic Games souvenir pins, and a black leather case containing the owner's manual to a Land Rover, its vehicle registration and its evidence of insurance, the Sheriff's Office said.

The Tripp Court resident reporting the burglary told deputies that he had discovered the gate to his property "wide open" that morning after having been shut at 10 p.m. on the previous night, and evidence that someone had rummaged through his two unlocked vehicles. The missing items had an estimated value of about $1,000.

When Mr. Elliot and his fiancee arrived by cab around noon at the scene of the stalled truck, deputies made the arrests. The woman was questioned and released.


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Posted by PV Res.
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on Dec 19, 2013 at 12:49 pm

I called the Sheriff just a couple of weeks ago because someone "doorbell ditched" at 3 in the morning. We need to be alert and keep an eye out for each other. I am glad our officers around here do just let things slide, there are rules for many reasons. Thank you San Mateo County Sheriff officers!

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Posted by Belle Haven resident
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Dec 19, 2013 at 1:05 pm

Too stupid for a life of crime!

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Posted by SteveC
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Dec 19, 2013 at 3:27 pm

SteveC is a registered user.

PV Res: Excellent point, neighbors watching out for neighbors the best crime prevention.

Bell Haven res: He is too stupid for a life of crime. He should have known Friday the 13th is not a good day for criminals who have the stolen goods in the vehicle. So, money for bail, money for the towing and storage of the vehicle. Cop 1 crook 0

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