Palo Alto Weekly

News - November 9, 2012

Five people arrested as local police clamp down on burglaries

Los Altos police arrest two women Oct. 29 while Palo Alto officers arrest three men Oct. 30

by Palo Alto Weekly staff

Five people believed to be responsible for as many as 18 residential burglaries have been arrested since Oct. 29 in two separate cases, Palo Alto and Los Altos police have reported.

In the first case, two East Palo Alto women were arrested Oct. 29 by Los Altos police and have been connected to 15 residential burglaries across three counties, including four in Palo Alto, according to police.

Ana Lauese, 35, and Malinda Ladson, 33, were arrested for residential burglary, possession of stolen property and possession of a controlled substance after an officer noticed one of the women sitting in a vehicle parked in the 600 block of Almond Avenue at approximately 2 p.m., Los Altos police stated in a press release.

The woman gave a false name to the officer and "exhibited suspicious behavior," according to police. The other woman was found nearby on Higgins Avenue and "had a different account of her reason for being in the neighborhood." A search of Ladson's vehicle turned up jewelry that had been stolen earlier in the day from a home in the 2300 block of St. Francis Drive in Palo Alto, police said. Suspected methamphetamine was also found in the vehicle.

The burglary on St. Francis had occurred between 10:10 a.m. and 2:20 p.m., Palo Alto police said.

"The suspects pried open a locked sliding door to gain entry to the home," according to police. A follow-up investigation by Palo Alto police connected Lauese and Ladson to three more residential burglaries in the city this year, and detectives will pursue charges against them for those burglaries, police said.

Lauese and Ladson are thought to be responsible for a June 29 burglary in the 1500 block of Mariposa Avenue, an Aug. 21 burglary in the 800 block of Gailen Avenue and a Sept. 7 burglary in the 600 block of East Meadow Drive, police said. Stolen property was found in a search of the suspects' residence in the 1900 block of Pulgas Avenue in East Palo Alto, Los Altos police stated in the release.

Lauese was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail in San Jose on charges of residential burglary, possession of stolen property and providing false information to a peace officer. She is being held without bail. Ladson was booked for residential burglary, possession of stolen property and possession of a controlled substance. She is being held on $150,000 bail, police said.

In the second case, three men were arrested by the Palo Alto Police Department after a recent interrupted residential burglary, and the men are allegedly connected to at least two other recent home break-ins, police announced Nov. 4.

Officers responded to the 800 block of Miranda Green near Foothill Expressway on a report of a residential burglary Oct. 30 at about 11:20 a.m.

The victim, a woman in her 50s, reported that she had been inside her home when she heard her dog barking. She went outside to see what was bothering her pet and noticed a strange vehicle backed into her driveway. The vehicle was a gold BMW X-5 sports utility vehicle. As she went to investigate why the car was there, it drove away, police said.

The victim noticed that her unlocked side-yard gate was open. She walked to the side of her home and saw a man standing near an open sliding door to a guest bedroom. There is no access from the guest bedroom to the main house, police said.

The man was holding a tool similar to a crowbar in his hands. When the victim asked who he was, he ran away and exited her yard on the opposite side of the house through another gate. She heard a car door slam and then saw the same gold BMW X-5 driving north on Miranda Avenue. She noted that the car had a blue paper license plate that may have contained the word "water."

The victim returned to her residence and called police, providing a vehicle and suspect description. The suspects had not stolen any property from the home.

Two officers from the police department's Special Enforcement Detail spotted the suspect vehicle at about 11:50 a.m. in the 2100 block of East Bayshore Road just north of San Francisquito Creek. The gold BMW X-5 had a blue paper license plate that contained the word "Waterford." The officers stopped the vehicle and detained three men for investigation.

The suspects, Bulmaro Sanchez, Jose Angel Jimenez and Carlos Bribiesca-Martinez, are all 18 years old and residents of East Palo Alto. After investigation police allege the men are responsible for the Miranda Green burglary and two others that occurred in Palo Alto on Oct. 25, police said.

In the first of those cases burglars entered a home in the 2000 block of Princeton Street near Stanford Avenue through an unlocked door between 11:10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. They stole jewelry, electronic items and cash.

The second burglary occurred in the 700 block of Montrose Avenue near Middlefield Road and Sutherland Drive between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. The suspects entered the home through an unlocked window and stole jewelry, electronic items and a safe. Witnesses reported seeing a BMW X-5 in the area at the time of the crimes, police said.

The investigation found that the men were in possession of property stolen from the Princeton Street burglary and were in possession of burglary tools. Police were able to return the stolen property to the victim, they said.

Police booked Sanchez, Jimenez and Bribiesca-Martinez into the Santa Clara County Main Jail on three counts of residential burglary, a felony; conspiracy, a felony; and possession of stolen property and possession of burglary tools, both misdemeanors.

Detectives are continuing to investigate if the men are connected to any other recent residential burglaries in Palo Alto.

Anyone with information on the Los Altos case is asked to contact the Los Altos Police Department Investigations Unit at 650-947-2813. Anyone having information about the Palo Alto case is asked to call 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to paloalto@tipnow.org or sent by text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.

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