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Portola Valley: Suspect in January residential burglary pleads no contest

One of the two Redwood City men charged in an attempted residential burglary in Portola Valley in January entered a no-contest plea on March 17 to one count of burglary as part of a plea bargain in which his sentence would be no more than two years in state prison.

Jose Yahir Rodriguez, 18, also pleaded no contest to one count of attempted burglary and is due back in court on May 17 for a probation report and sentencing, San Mateo County prosecutors said.

Also charged in the case is Jesus Giovanni Franco, 19, whose jury trial was reset to June 19, over the objections of prosecutors, so he can file a motion to dismiss his case, prosecutors said.

Both men are in the county jail -- Mr. Franco on a bail of $50,000, and Mr. Rodriguez on a bail of $200,000, prosecutors said.

According to the Sheriff's Office, a 72-year-old woman residing in the 100 block of Golden Oak Drive called 911 shortly after noon on Jan. 19 upon noticing two men in her backyard and hearing the sound of glass breaking.

Deputies arriving on the scene reported seeing two men wearing latex gloves trying to force open a door to the home. Upon seeing the deputies, the pair fled on foot, sheriff's officials said.

Deputies immediately apprehended one of the men, set up a perimeter and captured the other man at a neighboring house, officials said.

Mr. Franco allegedly told investigators that he and Mr. Rodriguez decided that morning to break into homes in order to get $10,000 so that he (Mr. Franco) could "buy a nice car and take girls out on dates," prosecutors said.

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Posted by jackrabbit
a resident of Portola Valley: Westridge
on Mar 20, 2017 at 1:13 pm

Thank you AB 109 and Props 47 and 57. "More crime coming to a neighborhood near you". Voters you've had 'the wool pulled over your eyes' by our dufus governor.


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a resident of Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on Mar 20, 2017 at 4:29 pm

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