A man in San Mateo County jail over a break-in at Mike's Camera shop in Menlo Park has pleaded not guilty to charges that include burglary, vandalism and possession of stolen property, according to a prosecutor's report.
Joshua Lincoln Nelson, 46, of Daly City, entered his plea in court on Monday, March 23, before Commissioner Susan Jakubowski. He did not waive his right to a "speedy" preliminary hearing, prosecutors said.
Mr. Nelson in jail on $100,000 bail and is due in court again on April 6 for a preliminary hearing.
Menlo Park police responded to the store at 715 Santa Cruz Ave. around 5 a.m. on Sunday, March 22, after a witness reported a pickup truck backing into a glass door located at the rear of the shop. Two people emerged from the truck, one of whom later eluded police, according to the report.
Police said they responded within 40 seconds of the call. The first officer on the scene said he saw a man trying to enter the store by climbing over a broken interior security gate.
Police captured and arrested a man dressed in black and wearing a ski mask after he ran for about 20 yards, stopping when threatened with a Taser, prosecutors said.
A pair of bolt cutters was found near the door. According to the police, the man informed them that a female accomplice was inside the store, but she was not found. Additional officers from Menlo Park, Palo Alto and Atherton, and San Mateo County sheriff's deputies assisted in the search.
The incident left the camera store with damages of about $9,000, including to the door, a security fence and a planter, prosecutors said. The truck, owned by ZipCar in San Francisco, had been stolen, according to the report.
Police said they found the address of a camera store in Berkeley inside the truck, as well as a $300 battery alleged to have been stolen from that store on March 21.
Investigators ask that anyone with information about this incident call the Menlo Park Police Department at 330-6300 or the anonymous tip line at 330-6395.
Almanac reporter Sandy Brundage contributed to this story.