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Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 0106201503
Subject :

Police Arrest Overnight Storage Unit Burglars
Contact : Brian Philip, Detective Sergeant, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA -- Police arrested two men for burglary early this morning after an alert resident's quick observation of a partial license plate of the getaway car.  A sharp-eyed officer with the Los Altos Police Department spotted the car later in the morning and helped to take the two suspects into custody.

On Tuesday, January 6, 2015, at about 2:27 a.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a report of a burglary of a storage locker that had just occurred at a condominium complex in the 2400 block of West Bayshore Road.  The victim, a woman in her fifties, observed two suspects taking tools from her locked storage locker.  As she watched, they got into a teal-colored Ford sedan.  The victim was able to obtain the first digit and first letter of the license plate as the car drove away, and provided them to police.  Officers responded to the area immediately, but were unable to locate the suspects or their vehicle.

At about 5:14 a.m., however, an officer with the Los Altos Police Department, who had heard our radio broadcast, located the suspect vehicle (a teal 1994 Ford Thunderbird) and conducted a stop on North San Antonio Road at Loucks Avenue in Los Altos.  The officer detained the two occupants without incident and notified our personnel.

The investigation revealed that the two suspects had forced open a lock on the storage locker and stolen about $2000 worth of tools from inside the locker.  Officers recovered all of the tools inside the suspect vehicle, and placed both suspects under arrest.  Police also discovered the suspects to be in possession of burglary tools ("shaved" keys, which are often used to essentially pick locks, and a window punch). 

Officers booked 27-year-old Donald Whitney Marshman of Fremont and 26-year-old Eric Garth Anderson II, a man with no permanent residence, into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for the same charges: 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 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.  Booking photographs of both suspects are attached.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call our 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413.  Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.  Tips can also be submitted anonymously through our free mobile app, downloadable at or