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Belmont Police Report Increase in Residential Burglaries

Seven burglaries and attempted burglaries have been reported in Belmont since Monday.

The Belmont Police Department is reporting a string of burglaries have taken place throughout the city this week.

Since Monday, a total of seven burglaries or attempted burglaries have been reported at homes throughout Belmont, Police Lt. Pat Halleran said on Friday.

“We are asking for the public’s help in not only solving these crimes, but also preventing future burglaries,” Belmont Police Chief Don Mattei said in a statement.

The burglaries have all occurred between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. in the central section of Belmont, west of El Camino Real and east of Alameda de las Pulgas, according to the Police Department.

In each case, no one was home at the time of the burglary, and the suspects appear to have taken jewelry and electronic equipment, such as laptops, police said.

The burglaries have occurred at the following times and locations:

Date Location Incident July 25 1600 block of Notre Dame Avenue Burglary July 25 1200 block of Elmer Street Burglary July 27 1500 block of El Verano Way Burglary July 27 300 block of Malcolm Avenue Attempted Burglary July 28 1800 block of Oak Knoll Drive Burglary July 28 1800 block of Oak Knoll Drive Burglary July 28 400 block of Middle Road Attempted Burglary

Police are looking for two persons of interest in connection with the crimes, who were seen Thursday in the 1800 block of Oak Knoll Drive.

One man is described as white, about 25 to 30 years old with a thin build and short blond hair. He reportedly contacted a resident in the area asking “if they had a dog for sale.”

When he was told he had the wrong address, he left. No vehicle was seen or heard.

The other person of interest is described as black, about 20 to 30 years old with a medium build and casual dress.

He was spotted knocking on doors at various residences, and is associated with a gray BMW sedan.

The Belmont Police Department is reminding residents to report any suspicious behavior and to remember to lock homes and cars.

“Residents should make sure they lock their homes when they are away and consider an alarm system,” Mattei said. “If you see a person or vehicle in your neighborhood that looks suspicious, please call police right away, it’s important that neighbors look out for each other.”

Anyone with information about these cases is urged to call the Belmont Police Department at 650-595-7400.

Sherry March 05, 2012 at 05:15 AM
We've observed a car with 4-5 young guys, video taping our neighborhood houses this afternoon. Could not identify the type of the car exactly, but it was a sedan looked like old BMV. They were filming streets near Belmont Canyon/Hillcrest, north of Ralston. It looked really suspicious, and they quickly backed off when we saw them. This is already reported to the police, but please be on guard for a while and spread the words and tell your neighbors so that they can be prepared.
John Q. Public July 21, 2012 at 05:55 AM
If you find it so deplorable to live here, then why don't you simply move to another town?
Bob July 21, 2012 at 04:16 PM
I do understand the frustration with traffic enforcement in Belmont. Yet I have seen traffic stops result in the arrest of criminals. A few years back a car was being cited for a parking violation at the corner of sixth and Oneil and turned into the driver being arrested for possession of several dozen stolen credit cards. The PD can not randomly stop or profile so they have to guess when and where the next bad thing is going to happen all while dealing with the bad things that have already taken place. I would bet bad tail light and failure to signal citations result in several arrests a year in Belmont.
John Q. Public July 21, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Well Said..cut the cops some slack, man!
Rich Delescale July 26, 2012 at 01:44 AM
I have lived in this city all of my 58 years and had a dad who was a Belmont Police officer for 20 years and a lot has changed for policy inr handling calls with low priority these days.,but call in for a suspicious person or something not right in the neighborhood and you get a snotty woman dispatcher who takes her sweet time to put the call out and when the officer gets there, there gone...Lousy response time among other complaints from the neighbors who have called and get nothing short of being ignored for stop sign and speeding violations down our streets..Things need to change and the west end of belmont needs to be patrolled more often instead of turning around at the signal at christian dr.and not patrolling in Skymont 1,2,3...This crap has got to stop..We are part of belmont too and deserve protection that we pay for !! Get your act together belmont police before you get swallowed up by the sheriffs dept...GULP !!!!!

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