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Two home burglaries in Atherton during the holidays

by Angela Swartz

There were two burglaries in Atherton from Dec. 19 to Dec. 23, according to the Atherton Police Department.

In the first incident, someone stole a small safe containing about $10,000 worth of jewelry and other goods from an Atherton home around 8 p.m. on Dec. 19, according to a Dec. 23 police department bulletin. Someone broke a second-story window to enter a home on the unit block of Fenwood Drive near Glenwood Avenue. The resident was not home and the security alarm was not set at the time, police said.

The safe contained necklaces, bracelets and coins, police said. Cmdr. Joe Wade said that police don't know of the make, model or exact dimensions of the safe.

The incident was reported to police on Dec. 22. The resident detected motion on the home's security camera during the time of the burglary, but did not follow up on it, police said.

In the second incident, Atherton police arrested a 31-year-old San Francisco man for breaking into, and taking items from, a home's garage, where homeowners said they saw him watching TV, according to a Dec. 24 police department bulletin.

At about 3:52 p.m. on Dec. 23, police responded to a report that a man was inside a resident's garage on Jennings Lane, near Middlefield Road.

When officers arrived, the man ducked down and appeared to reach for something, police said. He complied when officers ordered him to raise his hands. Baseball bats and a hatchet were found near the man, according to police.

Police searched the rest of the property and determined that the man had ransacked the garage and a second garage on the property. He collected wine, a gaming system, a lantern, a blanket and other items, police said.

Police also discovered that he was on probation for vehicle theft and vandalism in San Francisco.

The man was booked into San Mateo County Jail for burglary and trespassing.

This is the 20th residential burglary in town in 2019, according to police. In 2018, there were 26, a significant majority of which occurred near the end of the year.

Police said they continue to conduct patrols during the holiday season "in an effort to deter and apprehend burglars."

"Please remember to lock your residence and vehicles and set your alarm when you are home and away," the Dec. 23 bulletin urged. "If you see or hear anything that is suspicious please contact the Atherton Police Department right away at 650-688-6500."

Editor's note: It is The Almanac's policy to withhold the names of those arrested for most crimes until the District Attorney's Office has determined that there is sufficient evidence to file charges in the case.


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