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Restaurant Burglar Arrested After Police Set Up Phony Date

By Bay City News Service:

A flirtatious man who allegedly burglarized a San Mateo restaurant over the weekend was arrested after undercover officers lured him to a phony date, police said Tuesday. 

On Friday, Keveen Quintanilla, 31, of Burlingame, apparently gave his name and phone number to a female employee at Curry Up Now, an Indian restaurant located at 129 South B St., according to San Mateo police. 

The employee, a 22-year-old woman, returned to the restaurant with other staff members at about 1:30 a.m. on Saturday and came upon a commercial burglary in progress, according to police. 

A male burglar, who was in the process of stealing a television and electronics through a rear door, fled when he saw the employees, police said. 

Police responded to the scene, and the female employee said she might have recognized the burglar as the man who had given her his phone number during business hours. 

Undercover officers sent a series of text messages to Quintanilla pretending to be the employee, police said. 

They arranged to meet him at the Caltrain station on Burlingame Avenue, and when he arrived, Quintanilla was taken into custody. 

A subsequent search of Quintanilla's home yielded property that was taken from the restaurant, police said. 

He was arrested and booked into San Mateo County Jail on charges of commercial burglary, stolen property, and drug charges.


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