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Restaurant burglar sentenced to four years in jail

 

After pleading no contest to four counts of commercial burglary involving four Menlo Park restaurants, Alfred Lee Banks of East Palo Alto was sentenced Aug. 7 to four years in jail, with a year's credit for time already served.

After his jail term, Mr. Banks, 61, also faces 20 months of supervised probation on the condition that he give up his Fourth Amendment rights regarding search and seizure, possess no deadly weapons or ammunition, submit to DNA testing, and pay a total of $580 in fines, according to a report from the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

In the restaurant burglaries, which took place between November 2014 and February 2015, the burglar pried open the front door and stole money from the cash register, usually $100 to $200, prosecutors said.

The burglar twice hit Jan's Deli on Alma Street and the Galata Bistro on Santa Cruz Avenue, Mardini's Deli Cafe on Willow Road, and Cool Cafe on O'Brien Drive, from which the burglar stole a safe containing $1,300, prosecutors said.

A Menlo Park police officer arrested Mr. Banks during a traffic stop in February when he matched the description of a suspect captured by surveillance cameras at the restaurants, prosecutors said.

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