A 24-year-old Menlo Park resident, Porfirio Cruz Jimenez-Pimental, was sentenced on Aug. 12 to five years and fours months in state prison for two counts of residential burglary at homes in Atherton and Menlo Park.
According to Chief Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti, Mr. Jimenez-Pimental pleaded guilty to two incidents: a residential burglary on James Avenue in Atherton on Thursday, Feb. 25, in which he took jewelry and laptops worth about $5,700; and an attempted burglary of jewelry valued at $5,000 from an occupied home on Valparaiso Avenue in Menlo Park on Saturday, Feb. 27.
Mr. Jimenez-Pimental was found by Menlo Park Police around 9:40 a.m. on Feb. 27 in the master bathroom of a 74-year-old woman's house on the 1200 block of Valparaiso. According to District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe, Mr. Jimenez-Pimental was in possession of jewelry valued at $5,000, a small amount of methamphetamine, a drug pipe and burglar tools.
The woman reportedly had seen Mr. Jimenez-Pimental walk past the window by the side of the house and heard scratching noises. She locked herself in the room and called 911.
When police arrived, they found a hole in the wood panel next to the rear sliding door of the house. They found the man inside the house shortly thereafter.
He resisted arrest and a sheriff's deputy's dog was used to bring him under control, according to prosecutors.
Mr. Jimenez-Pimental pleaded no contest to the burglary in June 2016 and was sentenced by Judge Elizabeth Lee.
He will also have to pay $470 in fines and receive genetic marker testing, meaning his DNA will be entered into a system that is used for tracking crimes, said Ms. Guidotti.