Atherton police on lookout for suspect in vehicle burglaries


Atherton police are looking for a man they suspect has committed a series of vehicle burglaries in town recently.

The vehicle burglaries occurred in an area including Valparaiso Avenue, Watkins Avenue and Nora Way and in Holbrook-Palmer Park. Vehicles on Fairview Avenue, Austin Avenue and Shearer Drive were also tampered with on March 17.

In one of the incidents, which took place at Menlo School, a man was chased from the scene by security officers, but not caught, police said. The man is described as Asian, approximately 6 feet tall and 185 pounds, with a thin build. He was wearing a blue denim jacket and a baseball cap.

As he ran, the man dropped his backpack, which contained an iPad tablet, a GoPro camera and other items which had been stolen the day before. Some of the earlier thefts had been caught on security cameras, allowing the Menlo School security officers to have a good desciption of the man.

Atherton police ask that anyone who sees a man matching the description call them immediately at (650) 688-6500.

In the March 17 incident, no items were taken from the vehicles but the owners said their glove boxes had been rummaged through.

The car burglary at Holbook-Palmer Park on March 19 took place at 1:30 p.m. The car's window was broken out and a Louis Vitton tote valued at $1,000 was taken.

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