Menlo Park police arrested two men on May 7 who allegedly tried to flee after burglarizing La Hacienda Market at 1933 Menalto Ave. in the Willows neighborhood, according to a police department bulletin.
Police responded to an alarm call at 11:05 that night, and when they arrived, the market appeared to have been burglarized. Officers noticed a vehicle leaving the business, and when they tried to stop it, the driver tried to flee by turning into an alley behind the market, police said.
There was a parked vehicle in the alley blocking the car's exit, so the occupants of the vehicle got out and fled on foot into the neighborhood.
With the support of a police dog and officers from the Palo Alto Police Department, as well as East Palo Alto officers, police were able to find the two suspects hiding in a rear yard of a nearby home, according to the police bulletin.
They were arrested and booked into San Mateo County jail on suspicion of burglary, conspiracy, possession of burglary tools and resisting arrest. The stolen property has been recovered and returned to the business owner, police said.
Access the Menlo Park police advisory here for more information.
Editor’s Note: The Almanac's policy is to withhold the names of those arrested for most crimes until the district attorney has determined there is sufficient evidence to file charges in the case.