This morning (3/22/15) at approximately 5:08 am, police received a call from a night shift employee of a business on the 700 block of Menlo Avenue, reporting that a vehicle had just backed through the rear glass door of Mike’s Camera located at 715 Santa Cruz Avenue. The caller reported that two subjects were attempting to gain entry to business through the now broken rear entrance.
Menlo Park officers responded immediately, arriving on scene within 40 seconds. The first officer on scene observed a male attempting to climb over the broken interior security gate and into the business. Upon seeing the officer, the subject fled on foot, westbound through the business parking lot. The officer gave chase and caught the subject a short distance away.
Additional officers from Menlo Park, Palo Alto, and Atherton, along with San Mateo County Sheriff’s deputies responded to conduct a search of the business and surrounding areas for any additional suspects. No additional suspects were located.
A records check on the suspect’s silver Nissan pickup found it was reported stolen from San Francisco.
Suspect Joshua Nelson, a 46-year-old male transient from San Francisco, was arrested and booked into the San Mateo County Jail for commercial burglary, possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools, conspiracy, possession of narcotic paraphernalia, vandalism, and an outstanding warrant.
While there are some indications and evidence possibly linking this incident to other recent “smash and grab” crimes throughout the Bay Area, officers and detectives are conducting follow-up investigations to confirm or disprove this.
Police ask anyone who might have information about this case, and/or who witnessed this incident, to call the Menlo Park Police Department at 650-330-6300 or the department’s anonymous tip hotline at 650-330-6395.