Arizona man sentenced to 13 years for Woodside home burglary


A man accused of flying to the Bay Area from Arizona to burglarize a Woodside home in 2012 was sentenced to 13 years in prison Tuesday, Sept. 22, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

A jury found Bradley Sullivan, 52, guilty of burglary and grand theft in July for the March 28, 2012, burglary.

Mr. Sullivan and 49-year-old Michael Wallen had flown to the Bay Area from Glendale, Arizona, on a travel package arranged by Mr. Sullivan's girlfriend. They rented a car and drove to Woodside, intending to burglarize homes in the area.

They were captured on surveillance footage getting out of the car in front of the burglarized home. One of them went inside while the other covered up the car's license plate, but by then it had already been captured on camera.

A year later detectives served a search warrant on their Arizona home and found some of the stolen jewelry – but not all of the $30,000 to $50,000 worth that had been taken.

Judge Donald Ayoob sentenced Mr. Sullivan, who will not be eligible for early release until he's served 80 percent of his sentence because of a prior conviction.

Mr. Wallen agreed to plead no contest to one count each of burglary, grand theft and possession of stolen property, all felonies, in exchange for three years in state prison. He was sentenced in August.

— Bay City News Service

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3 people like this
Posted by Lula
a resident of Woodside: Family Farm/Hidden Valley
on Sep 23, 2015 at 12:40 pm

Thank goodness for technology and cameras everywhere now. Oh, the things I have seen on video around my property...

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Posted by Lee V.
a resident of Portola Valley: Westridge
on Sep 24, 2015 at 4:56 pm

Let this be a lesson to anyone who wants to come to our area with bad intentions. You'll be on camera and reported faster than you can say Jack Robinson. We all watch out for each other and we can afford high tech devices and watch you as you enter our homes. Nuff said.

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Posted by welp
a resident of Atherton: other
on Sep 24, 2015 at 5:10 pm

Jack Robinson?

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