Atherton police have park-burglary suspect in custody


Atherton police say they have a suspect in custody in connection with an auto burglary at Holbrook-Palmer Park, where a vehicle window was broken and a purse stolen on April 15.

A witness had called in a description of the suspect and his car, and gave police the car's license plate number. At about 4:30pm on April 16, Sgt. Lamont Cusseaux said that police were interviewing the suspect but had not yet charged him.

The incident happened at about 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, when a man broke a window in a parked vehicle at the park 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 number 5HTB951, police said.

The suspect was described as a white male, 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.

Earlier auto burglary incidents at the park took place 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.

Sgt. Cusseaux said police are investigating to see if the incidents are related.

Police caution people to either remove or hide valuable items when parking vehicles. "Thieves look inside car windows and steal items that appear to be valuable," police said.

Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to call the Atherton Police Department at (650) 688-6500.

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