Menlo Park: Truck smashes through camera shop; cop chases, catches suspect

Police checking whether incident is related to other 'smash and grab' burglaries

After a silver Nissan pickup truck smashed through the rear glass door of Mike's Camera in downtown Menlo Park early Sunday morning, a Menlo Park officer chased and captured a 46-year-old burglary suspect a short distance away.

Joshua Nelson, identified as a transient from San Francisco, was arrested and booked into San Mateo County jail on multiple counts, including commercial burglary, possession of stolen property, and an outstanding warrant, police said.

Officers said they are investigating whether this incident is related to other recent "smash and grab" burglaries throughout the Bay Area.

At 5:08 a.m. Sunday (March 22), Menlo Park police received a call from a night-shift employee at a business in the 700 block of Menlo Ave., reporting that a truck had backed through the rear glass door of the camera shop at 715 Santa Cruz Ave. The caller said two people were attempting to enter the business.

Police said they responded within 40 seconds of the call. The first officer on the scene said he saw a man trying to enter Mike's Camera by climbing over a broken interior security gate.

Upon seeing the officer, the man fled on foot westbound through the parking lot, police said. The officer said he chased and captured the man a short distance away.

More officers from Menlo Park, Palo Alto and Atherton, and San Mateo County sheriff's deputies, assisted in a search for more suspects, but none was found.

Police said a records check showed the pickup truck was reported stolen in San Francisco.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Menlo Park Police Department at (650) 330-6300 or the department's anonymous tip line at (650) 330-6395.

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5 people like this
Posted by resident
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Mar 22, 2015 at 9:22 pm

Good job by the police responding quickly enough to catch the perp. Will be interesting to see if his fingerprints match the other burglaries.

5 people like this
Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Mar 23, 2015 at 7:48 am

Great job to the early morning crew at Trader Joes for calling the police.

2 people like this
Posted by Charlie
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Mar 23, 2015 at 1:38 pm

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

2 people like this
Posted by SteveC
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Mar 23, 2015 at 2:30 pm

SteveC is a registered user.

This is what is know as neighbor watching out for neighbors. Nice job to the police and T.J's

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