Atherton: Daytime auto burglar strikes again in park

Purse left in vehicle stolen; silver Mercedes seen leaving scene

Once again, an auto burglar has struck during the day in Atherton's Holbrook-Palmer Park. At about 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, a man broke a window in a parked vehicle and stole a purse sitting on the front seat, police said.

The man was seen driving away in a silver Mercedes CLK-430, with the license plate 5HTB951, police said.

The suspect was described as a white man, about 40 to 45 years old, 6 feet 1 inch tall, weighing about 180 pounds, with brown or red hair and a closely cropped beard.

Anyone who sees the vehicle or has information about this incident is asked to call the Atherton Police Department at (650) 688-6500.

Earlier incidents took place on Friday, March 27, at about 2:30 p.m., and Thursday, March 19, at about 1:30 p.m. In both cases, vehicle windows were broken and belongings stolen from the cars.

Police caution people to either remove or hide valuable items in parked vehicles. "Thieves look inside car windows and steal items that appear to be valuable," Atherton police said. "The theft happens quickly."

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Posted by Jenny Redo
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Apr 15, 2015 at 8:57 pm

Is that the preschool pick up time? Has someone warned Playschool?

That is a very nice car.

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Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Apr 16, 2015 at 1:26 pm

They have his and the car's description and license plate number but haven't id'd him yet? [part removed.]

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Posted by Ed Small
a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on Apr 16, 2015 at 4:02 pm

Where were all the police if this has become a pattern at the park?
Why not post the address of the get away car, or better yet go pick up the jerk.

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Posted by EJ
a resident of another community
on Apr 16, 2015 at 8:06 pm

As the owner of the car who was broken into on March 27 at 2:00 p.m., I'm glad someone finally stepped up and ID'ed a car and suspect. There were six witnesses who heard the incident but none could ID or describe the thief. I hope it is this suspect is the same person who broke into my car and stole my valuables and I hope he pays (already at 3 felony charges just for my case). After racking up over $10K in charges/damages, I feel he needs to be held responsible.

I'm also in agreement with Ed's comment above, why doesn't Holbrook-Palmer Park up their security and put in a guard and/or cameras? What about an undercover police? This is happening weekly and is pretty easy to deter with a security presence and posting of fliers alerting park visitors of these regularly occurring incidents.

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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Apr 17, 2015 at 7:01 am

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how about not leaving valuables in plain view inside your car? If your purse was in the trunk it wouldn't have happened.

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Posted by EJ
a resident of another community
on Apr 18, 2015 at 9:09 pm

Menlo Voter:

It wasn't in plain site. It was hidden in my trunk. The theory is he watched me put it there and hide it. If you saw the follow-up news today, he is a veteran criminal with many prior convictions as well as ties to organized crime. This wasn't amateur hour.

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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Apr 19, 2015 at 8:06 am


my comment was based on the information in the article which said it was on the seat.

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