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Police Arrest Suspects Linked to Armed Robbery in Belmont

Three suspects have been taken into custody in connection with the armed robbery of Belmont restaurant employees.

Authorities are investigating an armed robbery that occurred in Belmont on Wednesday night, and on Friday announced the arrest of three suspects in the case.

Belmont police responded to a report of an armed robbery at about 9:25 p.m. Wednesday in the 1300 block of Civic Lane, Belmont police Lt. Pat Halleran said.

The employees of a local restaurant said they were walking to their cars after closing the business when they were approached by three suspects who demanded money, Halleran said.

Two of the suspects produced handguns, he said.

The suspects took a purse and laptop from one victim, and money from the other. Neither victim was injured, Halleran said.

The suspects were last seen running south on Civic Lane toward Broadway. No vehicle was seen or heard.

Police say a similar robbery occurred the same night in the city of Burlingame and similar robberies, which have recently occurred in San Mateo, have been under investigation by the San Mateo Police Department.

Early Thursday, San Mateo Police and other law enforcement agencies executed search warrants related to the case in the city of East Palo Alto.

As a result, three suspects were located and taken into custody without incident, Halleran said.

The suspects are 23-year-old Marc Jordan of East Palo Alto, 19-year-old Melissa Butler of East Palo Alto, and a 16-year-old male juvenile, according to Halleran.

Jordan and Butler were booked into the San Mateo County Jail on suspicion of robbery, assaulted with a deadly weapon, and conspiracy. The juvenile suspect was booked into the San Mateo County Juvenile Hall for the same charges.

Property seized during the search allegedly linked the three suspects the San Mateo robberies, the Burlingame robbery as well as the Belmont robbery.

Steve Hayes August 13, 2011 at 02:24 AM
I'm impressed! I always thought Belmont police work was rather peaceful - suddenly lots of things are going on.
Eric Dentler August 13, 2011 at 02:27 AM
Way to go Belmont PD!!
George Metropulos August 13, 2011 at 03:42 AM
As I've been saying all along, most people don't really understand what our PD actually does day in and day out. Well done, BPD!
Marianne Bush August 13, 2011 at 03:57 AM
Laura, there's no way you can leave the Belmont Patch with all this going on. You'll never get any sleep trying to cover both the San Mateo Patch and the Belmont Patch. I do commend you for staying on the story. Thank you so much.
Laura Dudnick (Editor) August 13, 2011 at 06:07 AM
Like I said before, I'm not really going anywhere! :-) But I must say the Belmont police are the ones who deserve the credit here. I'm very glad they are keeping our streets safe.
Ed August 13, 2011 at 02:08 PM
Keep in mind, the Belmont Police (any police, really) aren't "keeping the streets safe". "Safe" would mean the crime never happened in the first place. On Wednesday night something definitely UNsafe happened - people were victims of an armed robbery. Police are not mind readers, so I am not saying they could have or should have prevented the crime. But please, PLEASE keep in mind that more often than not, the police do "clean up" work AFTER a crime. It is only because of the desires of the criminals (or lack of desire) that the robbery did not become a shooting, or something worse. If you feel "safe" because of this, I ask you to reconsider whether "safe" is what you want to 'feel' or what you actually want to 'be' (rhetorically speaking, that is).
Justin August 13, 2011 at 02:53 PM
Ed-why do you have to be jerk? Or are you just a Debbie downer?
jann August 13, 2011 at 03:16 PM
As a CERT member, I have have had the privilege to get to know the BPD as well as our local firefighters, and I have seen first hand what great work they do. Not only do they deal with relatively tame problems, but they rise to the occasion when the big stuff happens as well. Ed, I feel a hell of a lot safer here in Bemont than anywhere else I have lived. The only way to keep the streets as safe as you would like would be to live in a police state - I'm sure there are places you could move to if that's what you want.
Skip Loder August 13, 2011 at 05:12 PM
What do we need to do to keep East Palo Alto filth out of our community? Carpet-bomb them?
Skip Loder August 13, 2011 at 05:14 PM
This is an argument for concealed-carry firearms. http://www.carryconcealed.net/
Jodi August 14, 2011 at 02:36 AM
Way to go San Mateo PD and Belmont PD. We all need to work together and looks like the PDs have that down. Now, what do we as residence need to do to get the message out that we are not the town to be hit with crime. We won't stand for it. Lets team up and watch our neighborhoods. Lets get back to the days we watched out for one another and spoke up when we need to.
Marianne Bush August 14, 2011 at 04:46 AM
I agree, Jodi. We know all our neighbors and their habits so, when anything unusual is going on, we do notice. Being retired does give us an advantage, though. If everybody off to work it's hard for anybody to keep an eye.
Justin August 14, 2011 at 03:26 PM
ED--why don't you just move away from us sheep? We're all trying to be positive community members, thankful that criminals are being caught. I do feel safer that they aren't still on the streets. Don't you?
Skip Loder August 14, 2011 at 03:39 PM
We need to flood the Sheriff's office with concealed-carry permits. For "reason" put "County-wide crime wave."
Corey Gibson August 15, 2011 at 04:23 PM
Leave it to a real police department to crack the case. San Mateo Police should be recognized for this one. Well done San Mateo Police!!!
Justin August 15, 2011 at 04:30 PM
It was a joint effort and all agencies should be recognized--they all help each other!
Laura Dudnick (Editor) August 17, 2011 at 11:20 PM
Thanks to those who recognized San Mateo police as well... every officer in each agency involved in this case deserves credit for their hard work!

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