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Arrested suspect may be tied to Atherton burglaries

A burglary suspect arrested Jan. 7 in Redwood City may be tied to a series of Atherton burglaries in the Selby Lane area, according to police.

In a bulletin issued on Jan. 8, the Atherton Police Department said the unnamed suspect had been arrested in the Oakwood Boulevard neighborhood, which straddles Atherton and Redwood City, after a resident contacted the Redwood City police about a suspicious person in the area.

The night before the arrest, a four-agency effort ensued after an Atherton resident of Oakwood Boulevard called police to report hearing noises in the garage, according to the police bulletin. Atherton officers found a broken window leading into the garage, and discovered that property had been stolen from cars inside the garage. The department later said the burglar had used a shovel to break the window.

That same night, an Atherton officer came upon a suspicious person a few houses away in Redwood City, but the person fled, leaving a backpack containing an item stolen from a car in the Atherton resident's garage, the police bulletin said.

Atherton, Menlo Park, and Redwood City police, along with a canine unit from Palo Alto, searched the neighborhood for the suspect in a two-hour door-to-door effort, to no avail.

The bulletin stated that the suspect arrested in Redwood City on Jan. 7 "may be tied to Atherton's string of burglaries in the Selby Lane area," but nonetheless urged residents to remain vigilant, particularly in the Selby Lane area. "Continue to lock doors, use exterior lighting, and please call the police when there are suspicious people or unusual noises," it said.

The Redwood City Police Department didn't respond to the Almanac's multiple requests for the name of the arrested person before press time.

The Atherton Police Department issued a bulletin in mid-November after a thief or thieves prowling the Selby Lane area overnight entered unlocked vehicles parked in driveways, and in one incident, entered a home through an unlocked door and stole an electronic device. The incidents had been preceded by other residential and vehicle break-ins in the same area.

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