Palo Alto police arrested two men on Feb. 20 for their alleged involvement in a late-night burglary of The Fresh Market in Edgewood Plaza shopping center. One man was found inside the store and the other inside the first man's car, parked close by, police said.
Police found the men, 52-year-old J. Robyn Welch of San Pablo and 57-year-old James Carlson Goucher of Vallejo, after receiving a burglary alarm alert at the market at about 2:02 a.m. The market was closed at the time.
About two minutes later, officers arrived at the 2170 West Bayshore Road business and discovered an unlocked door on the second floor at the top of an exterior staircase. Police opened the door, identified themselves as police and shouted for anyone inside to come out. Welch gave himself up and cooperated with the officers, who detained him for investigation.
Officers soon located Welch's car, a white 1997 Ford F-350 pick-up truck with an attached trailer, parked nearby on the northbound U.S. Highway 101 off-ramp to Embarcadero Road. Goucher was inside the car and had methamphetmine with him, police said.
After an investigation, both men were arrested for burglary and conspiracy and booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail. Goucher was also booked with a single count of felony possession of narcotics.
There were no signs of forced entry at The Fresh Market; police said they believe Welch got in through the unlocked second-door floor. Neither man stole anything from the market, police said.
Detectives are investigating whether either man has been involved in any additional burglaries, either in Palo Alto or surrounding communities.
Police are asking that anyone with information about the men or this incident call 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.