Last April, a custodian at an apartment complex on Sharon Park Drive saw a man and woman who were not tenants taking packages from the complex's mail room, according to prosecutors.
She confronted them, and the man, later identified as Andrew Robert Gardner, a 32-year-old Redwood City resident, grabbed her from behind, covered her mouth to prevent her from screaming and held her. The female accomplice called the female custodian a vulgar name and continued to load the packages into their car, prosecutors said.
After seven packages were stolen, the man and woman fled. As they drove away, the custodian took a photo of the robbers' vehicle, including the license plate. The vehicle was registered to Gardner and the custodian identified him as the robber, according to prosecutors.
After a five-day trial ending Feb. 25, a jury found him guilty of felony robbery. He remains in custody on $50,000 bail. He was sentenced to three years in state prison, with credit for 197 days of time served. He is also required to pay about $770 in restitution to two victims and more to other victims in amounts still being determined.
Man struck by Caltrain identified
A 76-year-old man from Redwood City was fatally struck March 25 near the Menlo Park and Atherton border, according to the San Mateo County Coroner's Office. His name was Daniel Sorbi.
He was struck by a northbound train around 11:45 a.m. Thursday, March 25, near the Watkins Avenue crossing in Atherton and the Encinal Avenue crossing in Menlo Park.
Additional information about the circumstances surrounding the strike was unavailable, according to a spokesperson for the Coroner's Office.
Selling alcohol to minors
A sting operation cited two clerks Sunday, March 28, for selling alcohol to minors in Menlo Park.
The citations were part of a minor decoy operation run by Menlo Park police and agents from the state Alcoholic Beverage Control. The operation involved young people under age 21 — under the supervision of authorities — attempting to purchase alcohol from 12 businesses in or near the city.
The two clerks cited face a minimum fine of $250 and/or 24 to 32 hours of community service for a first violation.
In addition, the state has the authority to take action against the business where alcohol was sold to a minor. That may include a fine, a suspension of the sales license or the loss of the license.
—Bay City News Service
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