Menlo Park: Undercover surveillance, home video leads to burglary arrests


Due to undercover police surveillance and a home video security system, two juveniles suspected in several burglaries in the Willows area of Menlo Park were arrested Monday, police said.

Menlo Park detectives found the juveniles – both male, age 16 and residents of East Palo Alto – inside a vehicle police stopped for a code violation at around 4:50 p.m. in the vicinity of O'Keefe Street and Menalto Avenue.

Detectives said the juveniles resembled suspects in a nearby residential burglary who had been caught on a home video security system, according to Commander Dave Bertini.

The juveniles were arrested, questioned and booked into the Hillcrest Juvenile Detention Facility on two counts each of residential burglary. One of the juveniles was on probation for residential burglary, and a no-bail warrant had been issued for his arrest due to a probation violation, Mr. Bertini said.

The driver, Kevin Plazola-Navarro, 19, of East Palo Alto was cited for driving on a suspended license and released.

An increase in daytime residential burglaries in the Willows in the past month led police to increase patrols there, Mr. Bertini said. Also, members of Menlo Park's narcotics enforcement team and detective units conducted undercover surveillance operations in the area.

A police investigation is continuing and has connected the juveniles to "several more burglaries in the Willow's neighborhood," Mr. Bertini said.

He urges residents to remain vigilant and report suspicious persons or vehicles to the police. He thanked the residents who supplied the video surveillance, which he said provided "excellent evidence" in the case.


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Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Dec 20, 2016 at 8:45 pm

How long before they're back on the street again.

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Posted by Tricia
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Dec 20, 2016 at 10:06 pm

Thank you, Menlo Park police and vigilant neighbors.

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