On a tip from a Willows resident who saw a suspicious person climbing over a fence of a home in the 400 block of Central Avenue on Tuesday afternoon (March 7), Menlo Park police arrived within seconds and caught two teens burglarizing the home, police reported.
The teens, 15 and 16 years old, from East Palo Alto, were booked into Hillcrest Juvenile Hall on charges of burglary and possessing stolen property.
Police said they set up a perimeter around the home with the assistance of a San Mateo County sheriff's deputy and a California Highway Patrol officer, both with their K-9 partners.
The police announced their presence and a short time later the teens left the house with masks and gloves on, police said.
The two were arrested without incident and found to have stolen property from the home, police said.
No one was home at the time and all stolen property was recovered.
In a statement, police thanked the resident "for being alert and promptly reporting this incident."