A Hayward man and convicted felon working on contract as a FedEx driver was arrested by Menlo Park police May 23 in connection with three home burglaries during daylight hours -- two in Atherton and one in Menlo Park.
Kevin Baker, 57, was booked into San Mateo County jail on three counts of residential burglary, according to Menlo Park police.
Investigators said they believe he committed the burglaries while performing his job as a FedEx contract employee. All three burglaries occurred in May.
He was arrested at the FedEx facility in Newark as the result of a joint investigation by the Atherton and Menlo Park police departments and FedEx security, Menlo Park police spokeswoman Nicole Acker said.
The residences were equipped with video surveillance cameras and every camera showed the same person, Ms. Acker said.
The first Atherton burglary occurred on May 3 on Orchard Hills Drive at approximately 1:30 p.m., police said. The thief allegedly entered an upstairs bedroom and stole a laptop computer and charger for a total loss estimated at $1,529. The house was unlocked and unoccupied at the time, police said.
The second Atherton burglary occurred May 5 in the 200 block of Park Lane at approximately 1:20 p.m. In this case, the thief stole a wallet belonging to the resident. A passerby later found the wallet along Camino Al Lago in West Menlo Park with $40 missing.
The house was unlocked but occupied, police said. "Nothing was seen or heard at the time of the burglary," police said.
The Menlo Park burglary occurred May 17 in the 1100 block of Trinity Drive at approximately 7 p.m. The items stolen in this case were two tablet computers with an estimated value of $2,100.
Asked to comment on the case, FedEx replied with a statement: “FedEx Ground contracts for, and expects the highest levels of conduct from service providers and their employees. We are cooperating fully with the authorities as they conduct their investigation and will take the appropriate steps to address this matter.
"Businesses providing service on behalf of FedEx Ground contractually agree to comply with all applicable employment laws related to their drivers. All individuals providing services on behalf of FedEx Ground undergo background checks that include a review of driving record and criminal history. We can confirm that this driver is no longer providing service on behalf (of) FedEx Ground."