Man, 61, pleads not guilty to burglarizing Menlo Park restaurants


A 61-year-old man charged with burglarizing four Menlo Park restaurants pleaded not guilty in San Mateo County Superior Court on Feb. 13.

Alfred Lee Banks of East Palo Alto was arrested Feb. 10 when a Menlo Park police officer noticed during a traffic stop that he allegedly matched the description of a burglar spotted on video surveillance footage from the restaurants.

The San Mateo County District Attorney's Office said the charges involve burglaries at these Menlo Park restaurants: Jan's Deli on Alma Street (twice burglarized), the Cool Cafe on O'Brien Drive, Galata Bistro on Santa Cruz Avenue and Mardini's Deli Cafe on Willow Road.

In each case, the burglar forced open the front door and stole money from the cash register, usually $100 to $200, prosecutors said. At Cool Cafe a safe holding $1,300 was taken. The thefts took place between November 2014 and February 2015, police said.

Mr. Banks had been convicted of felony burglary on Jan. 14, prosecutors said, and was expected to surrender on March 14 to serve one year in county jail, with one day credit for time served. He was also sentenced to three years of supervised probation.


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