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News - November 19, 2021

Crime brief

Break-in breaks faucet, causing water damage to Atherton home

Someone reportedly broke into a home on the 400 block of Walsh Road in Atherton over the weekend, breaking a faucet in the process and causing "extensive water damage," according to a Nov. 13 Atherton police news bulletin.

Sometime between Nov. 12 and 13, someone smashed a first floor rear window to break in. This is the 45th residential burglary in town this year, said Sgt. Anthony Kockler in an email.

Police didn't yet know the value of goods taken. The home has security cameras, but police don't yet have the photos to see what images were captured, Kockler said.

Police are reminding residents to lock their doors and set their security alarms. The Atherton Police Department offers free alarm monitoring, which includes dispatching officers when an alarm is activated.

Anyone who lives in the area of this burglary and saw or heard anything suspicious is asked to contact the Atherton Police Department at 650-688-6500.

—Angela Swartz

Man pleads no contest to firearm, vehicle and identity theft charges

A 34-year-old man from Oakland experiencing homelessness pleaded no contest to possessing a firearm, stealing a vehicle and identity theft after he was apprehended by Menlo Park police in August.

A resident on Lexington Drive in Menlo Park heard noise just after midnight on Aug. 31 and saw a man reaching into her unlocked Mazda, according to prosecutors.

She called 911 and after officers searched the area, they found a black backpack on her lawn with a loaded handgun next to it, as well as a still-warm Ford F-150 truck. After searching the neighborhood, they found the defendant, Jonathan Garrett Reelfs, in a Port-a-Potty. When confronted, he dropped a container of Ice Breakers candies, an identical pack of which was found at the abandoned backpack. He had a warrant out for his arrest and a plastic bag of coins that had been stolen from the Mazda. Police later found that the truck had been stolen and discovered documents with Reelfs' name in the backpack, according to prosecutors.

He pleaded no contest to possessing a firearm as a felon and vehicle theft, as well as identity theft from a previous case, on the condition that three pending misdemeanor cases by the District Attorney be dismissed and that he spend no more than 16 months in state prison.

His case was continued to Dec. 16 for sentencing and he remains in custody on no-bail status.

—Kate Bradshaw


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