Menlo Park: Police surround house with burglary suspects inside

Two arrested on residential burglary charges

As recommended by public safety advocates, residents of Lexington Drive in Menlo Park saw something on the morning of Monday, June 8, and then they said something.

A call to police resulted in the arrest of Christopher Sheard, 20, and Brandon Fields, 20, both of East Palo Alto, on charges of residential burglary and conspiracy to commit a crime, according to Menlo Park police.

The incident began when two residents noticed a man loitering in the front yard of a neighbor who was known to be away from home, police said. When another man showed up and the two then went into the backyard of that neighbor's house, the residents called police.

Officers arrived and set up a perimeter around the house, actions that did not escape the attention of the two men inside the house, police said. They were ordered outside and were apprehended at the front door, police said.

The house had been ransacked, police said, and possessions allegedly belonging to the two men were found inside the house. A vehicle allegedly belonging to the two men was found nearby, police said.

Police are asking anyone with information about this incident to call Menlo Park police at 650-330-6300, or the anonymous tip hotline at 650-330-6395.

Dave Boyce


17 people like this
Posted by christy
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Jun 8, 2015 at 4:26 pm

Well done to the neighbors who alerted the police, and well done to the police for peacefully catching the criminals.

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Posted by Awesome
a resident of another community
on Jun 9, 2015 at 4:45 am

Great job to the attentive neighbor and great job MPPD!!!

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Posted by Thankful
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Jun 9, 2015 at 12:37 pm

Too close for home! Thanks to MPPD for their quick response ... well done!

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Posted by trish
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Jun 9, 2015 at 1:41 pm

We know our own neighborhoods better than anyone else, so it's easy to see when something is amiss. It's awful to be so suspicious but it's better to err on the side of caution than to be sorry later. Nice to see how the MPPD handled the burglary and the resolution that resulted.

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Posted by Harriet
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jun 10, 2015 at 10:08 am

Now maybe they will stay in their own "Neck of the Woods."

Good work on the part of their neighbors!!

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