Menlo Park: One cart, 17 bottles of booze and three arrests


Despite the number of times such capers go awry, three people allegedly loaded a shopping cart at Safeway with bottles of alcohol and walked out without stopping by the checkout stand first, according to the Menlo Park police, who then arrested the trio for burglary on Saturday, April 11.

Store employees had observed the alleged burglary and called police. A Menlo Park officer caught up with the suspects around 3:50 p.m. after they loaded the reportedly stolen 15 bottles of champagne and two bottles of wine into a 1998 white Volkswagen Cabrio and drove away from the Sharon Heights grocery store, the report said.

The driver, 18-year-old Nicole Rangel of San Francisco, was also booked for alleged false identification, driving without a license and conspiracy to commit a crime, according to the police; she had a $35,000 arrest warrant for burglary in Belmont, and a $5,000 warrant for shoplifting in Marin County.

Passenger Mekias Andualem, a 19-year-old San Francisco man, allegedly gave a false name to police as well. The third suspect, 18-year-old Jose Jimenez of San Francisco, did not, according to the report.

All three were booked into San Mateo County Jail.

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7 people like this
Posted by Tricia
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Apr 13, 2015 at 12:33 pm

(Post removed. In Town Square comments, please don't assume that someone who is arrested is guilty.)

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Posted by WP
a resident of Woodside: Woodside Heights
on Apr 13, 2015 at 12:46 pm

The article doesn't have details about how the wheels of justice will turn, but since the store employees did the right thing and got the shoplifters arrested, and the crooks were booked into county jail, that seems like a lot of things working the way they're supposed to. The overall crime has been dropping steadily for 25 years, so by every objective metric we're a much safer society than we've been in a long time. Congratulations to all of the people who worked together and did their jobs to catch and detain these criminals.

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Posted by marie
a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Weekend Acres
on Apr 13, 2015 at 12:46 pm

Man these idiots picked the wrong safeway to rob bottles of booze undetected. Sharon park safeway has only one aisle of booze and certainly shoppers must have known something fishy was going on. If your going rob booze at a safeway store pick another store with multiple aisles of booze like say the new safeway they built in mountain view?

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Posted by Spanky
a resident of another community
on Apr 13, 2015 at 1:27 pm

"go through our liberal porous revolving door system".
It figures a quote from a resident of Atherton.

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Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Apr 13, 2015 at 6:37 pm

Who would've figured Jose Jimenez a fictional character created and performed by comedian Bill Dana on the Steve Allen show was the only real name.

2 people like this
Posted by Mr.Recycle
a resident of another community
on Apr 13, 2015 at 7:13 pm

This is the story from their arrest after pulling the same crime at the Safeway in Belmont:

Web Link

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Posted by Sarah
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Apr 14, 2015 at 6:40 am

That is right come on down to the Peninsula to do your dirty work. Why not stay in San Francisco!

3 people like this
Posted by really?
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Apr 14, 2015 at 9:56 am

really? is a registered user.

It's always baffling to consider the net worth of their criminal activity. Is what they're going to jail for worth more than 2 or 3 days doing normal work? Crime is a lousy career choice.

'Liberal Porous Revolving Door System' Pppphffft!

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Posted by Alan
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Apr 15, 2015 at 9:41 am

Dumb kids, probably doing it for a party. Hope this completely embarrasses them. Hope they realize their stupidity and clean up.

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