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* Kieran Burke and Leah Isaac Arrested by Belmont Police for Alleged

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Police arrested a man and a woman Thursday after they allegedly broke into a Belmont home and were spotted by a neighbor. The case illustrates the importance of community vigilance, especially during the holiday season, Belmont police said. At about 3:55 p.m. Thursday, police responded to a possible burglary in progress in the 2700 block of Hallmark Drive after a neighbor saw strangers in a nearby house. Officers found Kieran Burke, 46, of San Carlos and Leah Isaac, 35, of Palo Alto in the home. They were arrested without incident and booked into the San Mateo County Jail, police said. The two were charged with criminal trespassing today. Belmont police said that although property related crime occurs throughout the year, it increases around the holidays. “This has seemed to be the case for many years,” Belmont police spokesman Capt. Dan DeSmidt said. “It definitely has been a trend that we’ve noticed.”  Residents are encouraged to look out for one another and to report any suspicious activity to local police, he said. Belmont police Chief Don Mattei told the Belmont City Council last week, “You are only as safe as your neighbors want you to be.” Copyright © 2009 by Bay City News, Inc. — Republication, Rebroadcast or any other Reuse without the express written consent of Bay City News, Inc. is prohibited.

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