Three suspects arrested in string of burglaries in Menlo Park

by Contributed Content on March 20, 2015

On Friday morning (3/20/15) around 10:00 am, an alert resident called police regarding a suspicious vehicle in the area of Bay Laurel Drive and Olive Street in Menlo Park. The resident said that he noticed a vehicle drive slowly in the area before stopping and parking on Bay Laurel Drive near Olive Street. The resident stated that the vehicle matched the description of one he had seen on Nextdoor.com’s “The Oaks” neighborhood group, and was associated with a residential burglary that had occurred several days before on Stanford Ave. The alert resident further advised that three Hispanic male subjects currently occupied the vehicle.

Menlo Park officers immediately responded to the area and located the vehicle parked and occupied by a sole occupant on Bay Laurel Drive, who was contacted and detained. Additional officers arrived shortly and began a neighborhood canvas for the other two subjects. During that search, officers heard a commotion and then observed two subjects running from a residence in the 1500 block of Bay Laurel Drive.

The resident’s owner had just arrived home and discovered two subjects inside committing a burglary. After a short foot pursuit, during which the suspects dropped several bags of stolen property, officers were able to capture and arrest one subject. The second individual was able to elude capture by jumping several fences between residences within the neighborhood. With the assistance of Palo Alto, Atherton and Redwood City police departments as well as the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, a perimeter was established and an extensive canine search conducted.

At approximately 11:40 am, the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office canine team observed the outstanding suspect hiding in the rear yard of a residence on Olive Street, a yard adjacent to where they were currently searching. Seeing the officers, the subject jumped another fence and ran across Olive Street and onto Oak Avenue with officers giving chase.

During that chase, a Palo Alto officer was able to deploy his taser, effectively stopping the suspect. Officers were then able to take him into custody without further incident.

At this time, it appears that all of the stolen property from the interrupted residential burglary on Bay Laurel Drive has been recovered and returned to its owners.

While processing the interrupted burglary scene on Bay Laurel Drive, Menlo Park police dispatch received another report of a residential burglary that had occurred on the 1200 block of Hobart Street. At this time, it appears that the same suspects were involved in that burglary as well, and a large amount, if not all, of the stolen property from that burglary was located in the suspect vehicle.

The three suspects are Juan Baca Jr, an 18-year-old male from Redwood City, Alexander Ledwell, an 18-year-old male from Redwood City, and Salvador Reyes-Aguilar, a 19-year-old male from South San Francisco

Police would like to thank all residents and outside agencies who assisted with the successful apprehension and arrests of these three burglars. Additionally, anyone with information about this case, and/or who witnessed these incidents, is asked to contact Officer Tommei at 650-330-6300 or the Menlo Park Police Anonymous Tip Hotline at 650-330-6395.

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