Menlo Park home burglary: Hayward man pleads no contest


In exchange for eight months in jail and no time in state prison, Christopher Sheard, 21, of Hayward, pleaded no contest Dec. 14 in a Redwood City courtroom to one count of residential burglary in connection with a June 2015 burglary of a Menlo Park home.

Prosecutors did not object to the terms of the plea agreement, District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said in a report. Mr. Sheard is out of custody on $50,000 bail. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Feb. 19, prosecutors said.

Mr. Sheard's attorney, Olga Kelley of Redwood City, could not be reached for comment.

Police had been called to Lexington Avenue in Menlo Park on June 8, 2015, by residents who reported seeing two men loitering in a front yard of a neighbor known to be away.

Police arrived, set up a perimeter around the house and ordered two men who were seen inside the house to come out, according to police reports from the time. The men were apprehended at the front door.

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 arrested Mr. Sheard and Brandon Tyrell Fields, 21, a resident of East Palo Alto.

Mr. Fields pleaded not guilty in July, and is in custody on $50,000 bail, prosecutors said. He had been scheduled for a jury trial to begin Dec. 14.

Dave Boyce


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Posted by Kelly
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Dec 18, 2015 at 5:38 pm

Thank you to the observant neighbors. We should all watch out for our neighbors.

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