The following is a press release from the Belmont Police Department:
A routine traffic stop turned out to be much more [Thursday] night, when officers found stolen property linked to residential burglaries on the peninsula. The case is currently under investigation, but the following information is available at this time.
On Thursday January 30, 2014 at approx. 11:00pm, Belmont Police officers made a traffic stop on a Toyota Camry in the 800 block of Ralston Avenue, for a minor traffic violation. During the stop, jewelry and other property, including electronics, were located in the vehicle. Further investigation determined that some of the items may be linked to recent residential burglaries on the peninsula.
The driver, Pedro Mendoza, age 18 of Menlo Park, was arrested without incident and booked into the San Mateo County Jail in Redwood City for Possession of Stolen Property, Possession of Burglary Tools, Possession of Marijuana While Driving and being an Unlicensed Driver.
Belmont Police Detectives are working with neighboring law enforcement agencies to determine what additional crimes, if any, Mendoza is connected to.