A man with 15 prior felony convictions and identified as a suspect in the 2014 intrusion into an Atherton home and the burglary of a Menlo Park home is set to have a jury trial in San Mateo County Superior Court on Feb. 2.
James Grady, 61, of East Palo Alto, is charged under California's three-strikes law, according to District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. If convicted he could face a life sentence.
After an Atherton resident heard a man enter his home in the early morning hours of Jan. 20, 2014, the suspect led police on a chase through Atherton and into Menlo Park. During the chase, Mr. Grady dropped his jacket, with cellphone and identification in the pockets, prosecutors said.
The man eluded police by wiggling through a dog door into a home on Harmon Drive in Menlo Park, Mr. Wagstaffe said. The residents were not home, and the man is accused of hiding out, drinking tequila and beer, and stealing $62,000 in jewelry and other property before leaving.
In addition to dropping his jacket, Mr. Wagstaffe said the man left fingerprints and DNA on the alcohol bottles in the Menlo Park home. After Mr. Grady was arrested weeks later in Oakland, the Atherton resident also identified him, Mr. Wagstaffe said.