A home on McCormick Lane near Watkins Avenue in Atherton was reportedly burglarized sometime over the weekend, according to a police department press release on Monday, April 22.
Atherton police responded to the incident shortly after 7:30 a.m. Monday. Burglars entered the home by breaking a rear sliding glass door and stole items with a total value of $28,000, Sgt. David Gomez said in an email.
The identities of the burglars are currently unknown.
Police also reported Sunday, April 21, that a 34-year-old Redwood City man was arrested after allegedly stealing a car and evading police last week.
At 4:20 p.m. on April 18, an Atherton police sergeant attempted to pull over the man, who was reportedly driving recklessly on El Camino Real near Encinal Avenue, according to police.
The driver fled into oncoming traffic and abandoned the car nearby in a parking lot on the 1300 block of El Camino Real. Witnesses told police that the man then jumped a fence into a neighboring construction site.
Officers learned the registered owner of the vehicle was on parole for burglary, and they found narcotics and burglary tools while searching the car, police said.
As officers were looking for the man with a police dog, a car was reportedly stolen about a half-mile away on the 100 block of Laurel Street, police said.
Shortly before 9 a.m. April 19, San Mateo County sheriff's deputies spotted the man on the 2500 block of Spring Street in Redwood City, where he was driving the same car he had abandoned the previous day. He was arrested for vehicle theft, felony evading, possession of stolen property and a parole violation, police said.
The stolen vehicle has not yet been recovered.
Atherton has seen a spike in residential burglaries since November, prompting town staff to study the impacts of installing license plate readers and security cameras around town. Police plan to hold a community meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30, to update residents on the investigations into the burglaries and discuss crime prevention, safety, alarms and surveillance cameras.
Editor's note: It is The Almanac's policy to withhold the names of those arrested for most crimes until the District Attorney's Office has determined that there is sufficient evidence to file charges in the case.