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January 30, 2020



This news from last week should help a little, but as we have seen with Apple heists when one crew is caught another steps in:

An operation dubbed “Operation Shattered Glass” by the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office netted eight arrests and more than $2 million in stolen goods from a series of burglaries in San Mateo County, according to authorities.
The investigation came to a head in the early morning of Jan. 23 when the Sheriff’s Office crime suppression unit along with other agencies executed eight search warrants and multiple arrest warrants. The warrants stemmed from multiple auto, residential and commercial burglaries throughout the county. Most of the stolen property in these burglaries were electronics, laptops, cameras and commercial retail merchandise.

A total of eight suspects were arrested and booked into San Mateo County Jail. More than $150,000 in cash was seized during the operation as well as three vehicles and a residence totaling over $1.2 million, according to the Sheriff’s Office.


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Does anyone know what kind of sentences these fine contributors to society will receive if found guilty?


Got off the train yesterday and saw a homeless person with shopping cart, bags, dirty like the SF types, sleeping on a bench at the train station. The apple store is on my walk on my way home so I stopped there knowing I'd find at least a couple of our Burlingame police officers there guarding iphones. I reported it to the friendly officer and she said she'd call it in. I don't know whether she did and whether Burlingame is going to take care of this. I sure hope so.

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The proposition that made theft under $950 almost not worth reporting is the problem. I read this today

A California lawmaker has introduced a bill aimed at cracking down on so-called “porch pirates” by making repeat offenses punishable by more prison time.

Sen. Brian Jones, R-Santee, introduced Senate Bill 979 as a means of dealing with “habitual offenders who keep dodging real punishment for their actions.”

“While the advent of increasing home delivery of goods has benefited consumers, retailers, and the economy in general, it has also lead to increased theft of packages from outside Californians’ homes,” Jones said in a statement. “This ‘porch piracy’ epidemic is serious and needs to be addressed by our criminal justice system. Current law is weak on the punishment of this type of theft but this bill will increase the consequences significantly.”

But does it have a chance to pass in California? Doubt it, it makes too much sense.

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The police had a guy cuffed in the US Bank office on Burlingame Avenue around noon today. 3-4 officers on the case.


I've been wondering about the crime rates vis a vis COVID-19 and shelter-in-place. The daily alert from Crime Graphics hasn't been noticeably different to me. But per the DJ:

Crime is generally down in San Mateo County since the coronavirus outbreak, but officials are concerned certain crimes may increase as the crisis continues.

District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said he’s seeing a 50% decline in cases in all branches of his office. Violent crime, residential and auto burglaries are all down and his office hasn’t received a single hate crime case this year as reports of hate crimes against Asian Americans elsewhere are increasing since the outbreak of the virus.

According to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, there were 179 total crimes last week compared to 233 crimes during the same week in 2019, a 23% drop.

Law enforcement officials have admitted that officers are less inclined to arrest these days, opting to keep their distance from others and cite and release whenever possible, though they stress anyone posing a threat to public safety is still taken to jail.


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