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J. Robyn Welch And James Carlson Goucher Arrested For Trying To Burglarize Palo Alto Market

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Two men were arrested in Palo Alto last week for trying to burglarize a market, police said Monday.

At around 2 a.m. Thursday, officers responded to a burglar alarm activated at The Fresh Market at 2170 West Bayshore Road, according to Palo Alto police.

Arriving officers found an unlocked second-story door and entered the market, which was closed at the time.

The officers identified themselves and told anyone inside to come out, according to police.

One suspect, who was later identified as J. Robyn Welch, 52, of San Pablo, came outside and was detained without incident.

Further investigation led police to Welch’s Ford pickup, which was parked nearby on an on-ramp to northbound U.S. Highway 101 at Embarcadero Road.

A second suspect, James Carlson Goucher, 57, of Vallejo, was inside the truck, police said. Goucher was allegedly in possession of a small amount of methamphetamine, police said.

Both men were arrested and booked at Santa Clara County Jail on suspicion of commercial burglary and conspiracy. Goucher was booked for an additional count of drug possession.

No one was injured during the course of the burglary and police believe the second-floor door was inadvertently left unlocked.

Police are investigating whether the suspects are connected to any other burglaries in the area.

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  • I ran out of gas the shell was closed I went through an unlocked employee entrance I yelled I was “looking for help I ran out of gas”… while walking to employee break area. I called AAA (last tow for the year so last resort) as I was leaving and AAA pulling up I was arrested for burgalary.
    No charges ever filed although this arrest ruined my career, cost me my house and left $15k in antiques and collectables in the rain for 5 days. Because they had nothing on burgalary and should have me a gallon of gas.
    They sought out my employer and the client who stated I hadn’t paid her so they filed felony theft charges against me. The day they say the theft happened I was sitting in jail for a burgalary I didn’t commit… How can that be? They say it’s my past history but I have only been convicted of a DUI in the past 20 years.
    I filed a complaint against the officers for abuse of justice and unlawful detainer and wrongful arrest. They are the same officers who arrested me for theft when I was in jail… REALLY? The person that did take it is willing to testify he took it under contract. They don’t care, they want me to plead guilty to thieft. I said no.
    What a waste of taxxayers money and they have single handedly ruined my career and cost me a home I bought due to being shot in San Francisco and suffering from “PTSD and depression”, wife of 15 years left 30/days prior and Palo Alto Police have unjustly charged me with multiple felonies and I’m not guilty of any of the crimes. I ran out of gas and went looking for help and it cost me everything I have, thank you Palo Alto!

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