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News - February 16, 2011

Burglary suspects in court

An attempted burglary in Menlo Park thwarted by an attentive neighbor landed the three adult suspects in San Mateo County Superior Court on Wednesday, Feb. 9.

Antonio Barajas, 18, Leonel Contreras, 19, and Andres Solano Lopez, 21, were held to answer on charges of attempted burglary and conspiracy to commit a crime. While Mr. Barajas and Mr. Contreras remain in jail on $50,000 bail, Mr. Lopez paid the bond to get out of custody.

According to the district attorney's office, a neighbor watched Mr. Contreras and a 15-year-old companion knock on the door of a Bieber Avenue home while the other two suspects checked out the backyard during the afternoon of Jan. 26.

Mr. Contreras and the juvenile then allegedly tried to force open a sliding glass door, but all four suspects rode off on bicycles after the attempt failed.

Police responding to the neighbor's phone call said they found Mr. Lopez and Mr. Barajas sitting on a park bench. Mr. Contreras and the juvenile were reportedly hiding in nearby bushes.

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