Man who stole quarters from Menlo Park bank pleads no contest


A man who broke into Silicon Valley Bank on Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park and stole a roll of quarters and some envelopes has pleaded no contest to commercial burglary, a felony, according to prosecutors at the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

Jason Roy Stewart, a 38-year-old Oakland resident, was seen on a live security camera system a little after 6 a.m. on July 22 using a screwdriver to force the rear door of the bank open, prosecutors said.

According to prosecutors, a security person off-site saw what was happening and called the police, reporting that the man used a notebook to shield his face from the camera before stealing some blank envelopes and a roll of quarters.

Police arrived and found a car with a warm hood at the scene. They entered the building, but by the time they got out, the vehicle was gone. The car was registered to Stewart, and he was later identified by Sunnyvale police and arrested, according to prosecutors.

Stewart is expected to be sentenced to five months jail time, with credit for a little under two months served. He is in custody on $25,000 bail.


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