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News - May 11, 2011

Atherton: Resident foils burglar with yells, claps

A resident of West Atherton responded to a suspicious noise and apparently foiled a burglary by yelling and clapping her hands after she discovered a man trying to push in the window screen in a spare bedroom at about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, police said.

Looking out the window after the man, the resident told the Atherton Police Department that she saw two men, one of whom was standing under a tree and both of whom she described as Hispanic and in their 20s. Both ran to a white truck parked near her driveway on Callado Way.

The resident watched the truck back out to the Alameda de las Pulgas, but did not see in which direction they headed, police said.

The suspect pushing in the screen was short and had an average build, police said.

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