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Community - September 21, 2011

Seven hours, three burglaries in Menlo Park

by Sandy Brundage

Some people spend seven hours during the day working, while others use that time to take advantage of other people's being at work. On Sept. 13, Menlo Park police responded to three burglary reports in seven hours, according to the crime log.

Starting the day early, police arrived at the German-American International School on Elliott Drive around 7:30 a.m. to find that someone had practiced his or her ABCs on the school walls using spray paint and sharpie markers, before absconding with $400. Jaime Loya Maldanado, 20, has been charged in connection with that break-in.

Yet another call took investigators over to the 1300 block of Carlton Avenue shortly after 12:30 p.m. There, an unlocked rear window granted access to someone who pocketed jewelry and cash worth an estimated $16,000, according to police spokeswoman Nicole Acker.

Finally, still another burglary report at 2:10 p.m. brought police to a carport in the 700 block of Roble Avenue, where a cut cable lock mutely testified to the mysterious absence of a $478 bike.

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