Portola Valley caller spots suspicious person; deputies arrest man on burglary charges

A 39-year-old Fremont man was arrested Thursday morning in Ladera after a Portola Valley resident called 911 to report seeing a suspicious person in a driveway in Westridge. The man, the caller said, drove away in a dark-blue Lexus.

A short time after the 7:40 a.m. call on Aug. 7, San Mateo County Sheriff's Office deputies stopped a car fitting the description on Alpine Road in Ladera and arrested Chester Brown. He was booked into San Mateo County jail on $25,000 bail on charges of auto burglary, possession of stolen property, and prowling. He was also charged with violating parole, deputies said.

The initial call came from a resident in the Westridge neighborhood. Around the time of the arrest, dispatchers received calls from two Westridge residents who reported thefts from their vehicles, deputies said.

The Lexus was searched and deputies found jewelry, wallets, a laptop computer and clothing, all determined to have been stolen from vehicles in the Portola Valley area, deputies said. They also found items believed to have been stolen but that have not yet been reported stolen.

Deputies are asking anyone with information about this case, including those discovering that they have been victims, to call Detective Scott Berberian at (650) 363-4051. The anonymous-witness line at 1-800-547-2700 is also available.

Dave Boyce


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Posted by resident
a resident of Portola Valley: Los Trancos Woods/Vista Verde
on Aug 11, 2014 at 12:23 pm

Way to go! We all need to keep an eye out for our neighbors. More and more people are breaking into our houses and cars. Don't hesitate to report strange behavior by people you don't recognize in the neighborhood - We CAN make a difference!

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Portola Valley: Ladera
on Aug 11, 2014 at 12:34 pm

Bless that person for making the call! I pledge to do the same. Together, we can truly help.

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Posted by James
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Aug 11, 2014 at 1:56 pm

Thank you to the alert PV resident who spotted and reported this thief.

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Posted by SteveC
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 11, 2014 at 3:12 pm

SteveC is a registered user.

This is what neighborhood watch is all about. Good job!!! And, please people do not leave valuables in your car!!

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