News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
650-329-2607
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301

4/22/2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE 042208
Subject :

Arrested Suspect Linked to Children’s Theatre Burglary
Contact : Sgt. Sandra Brown, Palo Alto Police Department    650-704-2930
Palo Alto, CA - Abraham Torres, a suspect from East Palo Alto who was arrested on a San Carlos Warrant, has recently admitted to his participation in the June 2007 burglary of the Children’s Theatre. On March 19, 2008, detectives from Palo Alto Police Department went to the San Mateo County Jail to interview Torres. During the interview with Palo Alto detectives, Torres admitted his participation in the burglary of the Children’s Theatre, along with several other subjects. The burglary investigation will continue as detectives attempt to identify the additional burglary suspects.

Chronology of Events

On June 18, 2007, Palo Alto police officers responded to 1305 Middlefield Road on the report of a burglary that had occurred over the weekend. Officers discovered that an exterior door to the Children’s Theatre had been pried open and an alarm system had been tampered with.  Several rooms had been rummaged through and items were stolen including a printer, $250 in cash and coins, and approximately $500 in traveler’s checks.

On June 23, 2007, San Carlos Police Department responded to Long’s Drug store at 11 El Camino Real in their City on the report of  fraudulent use of checks which had just occurred.  San Carlos police officers arrived and located two subjects matching the suspect descriptions parked in a U-Haul truck in the Long’s parking lot. San Carlos police made contact with the vehicle occupants and requested permission to search. The search revealed that one of the suspects had a bundle of traveler’s checks in his pocket made out to Patricia Briggs and Richard Curtis from Palo Alto.  The suspect told police he found the checks in a garbage can.

Officers from San Carlos Police called Palo Alto Police and asked them to make contact with Briggs and Curtis. Police officers were informed at that time that the traveler’s checks had been stolen from the burglary of the Children’s Theatre a few days earlier.

San Carlos Police arrested Maria De Jesus from Menlo Park for Forgery and Commercial Burglary of a Walgreen’s and the Long’s Drug Store in San Carlos. Abraham Torres, from East Palo Alto was arrested for Possession of Stolen Checks, Forgery and Conspiracy.  San Carlos Police Department booked both subjects at the San Mateo County Jail on June 23, 2007.  Shortly after his arrest, Torres bailed out of jail and left the area.

On March 19, 2008, detectives from Palo Alto Police Department responded to the San Mateo County Jail to interview Torres.  During the interview with Palo Alto detectives, Torres admitted his participation in the burglary of the Children’s Theatre. The burglary investigation is ongoing.



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