Palo Alto police arrested two men for burglary early Tuesday morning after the victim provided police a partial license plate number of the getaway car, according to a police department press release.
At about 2:27 a.m., the police department's 24-hour dispatch center received a call from a woman in her 50s reporting that she saw two men taking tools from her locked storage locker at a condominium complex in the 2400 block of West Bayshore Road. The woman observed the men get into a teal-colored 1994 Ford Thunderbird sedan and was able to obtain the first digital and first letter of the license plate as the vehicle drove away, police said. Officers responded to the area, but were unable to locate the men or their vehicle.
At about 5:14 a.m., a police officer with the Los Altos Police Department located the suspect vehicle and conducted a stop on North San Antonio Road at Loucks Avenue in Los Altos. The two occupants were detained without incident.
Investigators said the two men, Donald Whitney Marshman and Eric Garth Anderson II, forced open a lock on the storage locker and stole about $2,000 worth of tools from inside the locker, which were recovered. The men were also in possession of burglary tools, including "shaved" keys, which are often used to pick locks, and a window punch, police said.
Marshman, 27, and Anderson II, 26, were booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for felony burglary, felony possession of stolen property, felony probation violation, and misdemeanor possession of burglary tools.
Marshman is on active probation in Santa Clara County for burglary and possession of burglary tools, and on active probation in San Mateo County for possession of narcotics. Anderson is on active community supervision in Santa Clara County for vehicle theft, possession of narcotics, evading and vandalism.
Anyone with information pertaining to this case is asked to call the 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.