The San Mateo Police Department is asking for the public's help in solving two residential burglaries that occurred Friday morning.
The residential burglaries occurred within about two blocks of each other and may have involved the same suspects, Police Sgt. Dave Norris said.
The first incident occurred between 7:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. in the 1700 block of South Norfolk Street. Entry was made by forcing open a side door. Nobody was home at the time of the burglary.
The second burglary occurred between 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. in the 1500 block of Roberta Drive, about two blocks around the corner from the first incident. Entry was by forcing open front door. Again, no residents were home at the time of the incident.
SMPD Officers responded right away to both incidents, and are actively pursuing this investigation. Suspect descriptions have been developed:
Suspect #1 is described as a black male adult 6-0 to 6-2 in height. He is said to have a muscular build with short hair and was wearing a gray shirt and black pants.
Suspect #2 was also described as a black adult male. He was further described as tall and thin, with shoulder length hair and wearing all dark clothing and wearing a white hat.
Based on the method of these crimes and their proximity to each other, SMPD believes that the same set of suspects may be involved in both burglaries.
SMPD is asking for the public's assistance in providing more information about the crimes. Anyone with information involving suspicious activity, and in particular activity involving the above described suspects is encouraged to contact the San Mateo Police Department at the numbers below:
SMPD Secret Witness Voicemail Line:
Text Anonymously to SMPD:
It is likely that these burglaries have been committed using the seemingly common guise of neighborhood solicitors, where the solicitors are merely suspects looking for unoccupied homes to victimize. Anyone seeing suspicious or unusual solicitor activity or any other suspicious activity is encouraged to call SMPD Dispatch directly:
EMERGENCY OR IN-PROGRESS CRIMES:
Non-Emergency line to SMPD Dispatch: