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Two Gardeners Arrested After Woman Finds Them Inside Her Home

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Two men were arrested after a woman arrived home in an unincorporated area of Menlo Park to find them inside her home stealing laptop computers, according to San Mateo County Sheriff’s officials. The woman encountered the two burglars inside her home in the 600 block of Placitas Avenue around 2:20 p.m. Thursday, sheriff’s officials said.

When confronted, the two suspects dropped the laptops they were in the process of stealing and ran out of a side door, fleeing in a blue pickup truck with the number of a gardening service on it.

San Mateo County Sheriff’s detectives and Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety personnel were able to locate the suspects in the 1000 block of Blazingwood Drive in Sunnyvale. The suspects were identified as East Palo Alto resident Ruben Salas, 24, and 21-year-old Victor Oseguerra-Rojas of Sunnyvale, according to the sheriff’s office. Both were arrested on suspicion of burglary and booked into county jail in Redwood City.

A follow-up investigation revealed that the suspects had been working on a gardening job at another home in the 600 block of Placitas Avenue, which gave them access to the victim’s home through an unlocked door. Anyone with information about similar-sounding burglaries in the area is asked to call the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office Anonymous Tip Line at (800) 547-2700.

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