Update: Three arrested on burglary charges after Menlo Park pursuit


Three men were taken into custody Friday (March 20) following a pursuit sparked by a resident who reported seeing a suspicious vehicle cruising along Bay Laurel Drive in Menlo Park shortly after 10 a.m., police reported.

The vehicle, a gray and black Buick Somerset, looked like one described as a suspicious vehicle on the neighborhood's Nextdoor email group, the resident told police. Officers arrived to find the car occupied by one man, who was detained.

Meanwhile, police said, another resident had just interrupted two burglars by arriving home in the 1500 block of Bay Laurel Drive. The suspects fled on foot, dropping bags of stolen property along the way, according to the police, who arrested a second man as the third leaped fences to escape.

Officers from Redwood City, Palo Alto, Atherton and the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office joined the pursuit. A county canine team located the remaining suspect around 11:40 a.m. in an Olive Street backyard. He ran, but encountered a Palo Alto officer's Taser, which ended the chase, the report said.

Booked into county jail on suspicion of multiple charges, including burglary and possession of stolen property, were Juan Baca Jr., 18, of Redwood City; Alexander Ledwell, 18, of Redwood City; and Salvador Reyes-Aguilar, 19, of South San Francisco.

Stolen property recovered from the vehicle has been linked to another burglary in the 1100 block of Hobart Street in Menlo Park on March 20, police said.

Among items recovered were jewelry, clothing, cash, electronics (computers and iPads), rifles, Airsoft weapons and a U.S. Army sword, police said.

Entry appeared to be through unlocked rear doors, police said. There were no signs of forced entry.

Investigators ask that anyone with information about these incidents call Officer Louis Tommei at 330-6300 or the anonymous tipline at 330-6395.


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Posted by Charlie
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Mar 23, 2015 at 1:36 pm

Next thing you know they'll be using tanks to break into bank vaults.

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