Menlo Park: Home burglary suspect nabbed


An attempt by Menlo Park police to talk to the driver of a vehicle whose occupants appeared to be scoping out homes to burglarize led to a car and foot chase and the arrest of one of at least two burglary suspects.

According to police reports, on Thursday, June 23, around 2:15 p.m., a uniformed Menlo Park police officer approached the driver's side of a car near the 300 and 400 blocks of O'Connor Street in Menlo Park that had two people in it. Officers suspected the occupants were looking for homes to burglarize.

The driver sped off in his car when he saw the officer, colliding with a parked car and an undercover Menlo Park police car.

The officer returned to his patrol car and pursued the fleeing vehicle through "several residential streets," according to the police report, until the fleeing car stopped and the driver ran away.

Police later saw the two people they believed to be the suspects walking out of a driveway, and both ran away when they saw the officers. One of them dropped two computers and a screwdriver as he ran; he was caught and arrested.

Police identified the arrested man as Carlos YepezSaavedra, 21, of East Palo Alto. He was on parole for burglary and was booked into the San Mateo County Jail. According to Menlo Park Police Sgt. Ed Soares, Mr. YepezSaavedra was the driver who fled.

The two computers that were dropped were discovered to have been taken from a nearby residence, police said.

There was at least one other suspect who was not apprehended, Sgt. Soares said, though there could have been more involved. "At this point, we're still investigating."

When asked what pre-burglary behaviors police are on the alert for, Sgt. Soares said that warning signs are vehicles that have no license plates, drive up and down streets and stay at driveways for a minute or two, and appear to have "no rhyme nor reason why they're driving that way."

Residents should be cautious about leaving homes unoccupied with open windows or unlocked doors, leaving vehicles unlocked or leaving high-value items out in the open, he said.

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25 people like this
Posted by Appreciative
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jun 24, 2016 at 12:23 pm

Thank you Menlo Police. It is never said enough

8 people like this
Posted by Michael
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on Jun 24, 2016 at 12:50 pm

Good police work is always greatly appreciated. Thank you to the Menlo Park PD.

12 people like this
Posted by Editor
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jun 24, 2016 at 1:01 pm

It would be helpful to ask the PD some questions and clean up their reports before publishing them here. Whatever the merits of our PD officers, they are terrible writers.

Near the beginning of this particular story, the police are pursuing a car with suspicious occupants. The driver runs away. What about the occupants? What about the car? In the next paragraph, two suspects are exiting a house with stolen property. Are these the same people who were in the car, and if so, where are they going? Back to the car that has presumably been impounded? Or did the events actually occur in the reverse order? This timeline makes no sense!

Some real reporting and editing would go a long way toward producing a coherent story.

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Posted by jackrabbitgc
a resident of Portola Valley: Westridge
on Jun 24, 2016 at 1:16 pm

On parole ... Steve Wagstaffe, "throw the key away"! Chalk another one up to Prop 47...thanks to Bogus DA Gascon in SF. Prop 47 is NOT working. It has turned into a major 'Enterprise Opportunity Zone'!

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Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jun 24, 2016 at 1:22 pm

Would love to see additional info on suspects and arrestees. Such as US citizen and if not are they on valid work visa or do they gave a green card or are they here illegally.

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Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jun 24, 2016 at 2:12 pm

Menlo Voter. is a registered user.

Great police work MPPD!

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Posted by SteveC
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jun 24, 2016 at 3:17 pm

SteveC is a registered user.

good work MPPD

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Posted by Mark
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jun 27, 2016 at 3:11 pm

Great work by the Menlo Police Department. My home in Woodside was burglarized last month - thieves took over $25,000 in jewelry and computers. San Mateo County Sherriff's Department took 30 minutes to respond AFTER we got home and discovered the burglary.

Jerry Brown's Prop 47 was a DISASTER for homeowners. In San Mateo County alone, police report a 300% increase in home-invasion robberies since this awful law was approved by voters in 2014.

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