Couple arraigned in the case of stolen Portola Valley Porsche

A San Jose couple suspected of involvement in several Peninsula burglaries and the theft in September of a Porsche from a Portola Valley home pleaded not guilty to eight counts of residential burglary and related charges, according to San Mateo County prosecutors.

Juan Carlos Ortega-Ramos and Ashley Lynn Kirk, both 24 years old, entered their not-guilty pleas at a Jan. 15 arraignment before Judge John Grandsaert in San Mateo County Superior Court in Redwood City. Both remain in custody on $500,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is set for Jan. 28 at 9 a.m.

Juan Carlos Ortega-Ramos (Photo: Sheriff's Office)

Ashley Lynn Kirk (Photo: Sheriff's Office)
A license-plate check on a Porsche 911S parked on a Belmont street on Sept. 11, 2013, led to a report that the car had been stolen earlier that day from a home on Hillbrook Drive in Portola Valley, prosecutors said. Detectives from the Sheriff's Office got involved and located and arrested Mr. Ramos and Ms. Kirk.

The couple worked as a team, prosecutors said. Ms. Kirk worked for PetSmart and allegedly gathered information from customers boarding their pets at the San Carlos location while they were out of town. She would then pass that information on to Mr. Ramos, who then allegedly burgled the homes, stealing electronic equipment, jewelry and other property, including the Porsche, prosecutors said.

All the missing goods from the Hillbrook Drive burglary have been recovered, as have some goods connected to other burglaries, deputies said. Detectives are looking at the couple in connection with several other Peninsula burglaries, prosecutors said.

Dave Boyce


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Posted by Shane
a resident of Atherton: West of Alameda
on Jan 16, 2014 at 1:18 pm

Bad boy and bad girl. Melissa McCarthy could play her. And he? Actor in V for Vendetta.

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Posted by ClarenceBoddicker
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Jan 16, 2014 at 3:02 pm

Judging from their pictures I would'nt be surprised if they've eaten it.

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Posted by Tunbridge Wells
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Jan 17, 2014 at 9:25 am

Tunbridge Wells is a registered user.

Ah, the comments never let you down.

These two came up with a pretty clever scheme for robbing houses- they knew who was out of town, for how long, and that the dogs were conveniently boarded elsewhere. And so far all the commenters have to contribute is essentially LOL FATTIES!

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of another community
on Jan 17, 2014 at 10:31 am

Tunbridge - but they got busted and so far, we haven't ;-) Really, they were idiotically complacent. Park a high value stolen car on the street??? Become a felon w/nothing to show for it?

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Posted by Joe
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Jan 17, 2014 at 11:44 am

Maybe they saw the Norwegian movie "Headhunter."

This is the story of an executive recruiter who, when interviewing high-net-worth clients, casually throws in a question about the client's art collection. If that sounds promising, he throws in a question about their vacation plans, followed by a question about their dogs.

He and his partner in crime -- a security guard who has the inside track on getting into his clients' mansions undetected -- are going merrily along until they mess with the wrong client. An ex-Special Ops type who has many tricks up his sleeve.

When this ex-soldier figures out the recruiter's scheme, he engages a prostitute to fondle the recruiter's hair while her hands are coated with a gel that has emits a GPS signal on this guy's whereabouts.

If that sounds bizarre, that is just the beginning. The recruiter, at a crucial point in the drama, figures out what she was doing with her hands in his hair!

This movie is unintentionally hilarious all the way through, something that comes along rarely -- like "Plan 9 from Outer Space."

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