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East Palo Alto teens arrested in Willows burglary

Police recognize passengers in vehicle traffic stop from home security video

Menlo Park police arrested two East Palo Alto teens allegedly connected to a month-long rash of daytime residential burglaries in the Willows neighborhood on Dec. 19.

An officer from the Narcotics Enforcement Team patrolling the neighborhood as part of an increased surveillance effort in the area stopped the teenagers in a vehicle for a code violation on O'Keefe Street and Menalto Avenue around 4:50 p.m., according to police.

During the stop, he noticed that the two passengers in the car resembled burglary suspects who had been recorded by a resident's home-security video system.

The two teens and the driver of the vehicle were arrested and transported to the police station for interviews.

The driver of the vehicle, Kevin Plazola-Navarro, 19, was arrested, cited and released for driving on a suspended license.

The two passengers were arrested on two counts of residential burglary committed in the area, along with conspiracy.

The first suspect, a 16-year-old East Palo Alto male, was arrested on two counts of residential burglary, conspiracy to commit a felony and providing a false name. He also was on probation for residential burglary and had a "no bail" warrant for probation violation.

The second suspect, also a 16-year-old East Palo Alto male, was arrested on two counts of residential burglary and conspiracy to commit a felony.

Both teens were booked into Hillcrest Juvenile Detention Facility in San Mateo.

Police said they are continuing to investigate this case and have connected the suspects to several more residential burglaries in the Willows neighborhood.

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