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Woman arrested for string of burglaries in San Mateo
June 03, 2014, 05:00 AM Daily Journal staff report

Jennifer Chao

A woman suspected in a string of “door-knock” burglaries in San Mateo was arrested Thursday allegedly in the act on the 2200 block of Armada Way, according to police.

At approximately 9:30 p.m., the residents of the home called police when they heard their patio door break and believed an intruder was in their home. San Mateo police responded and arrested Jennifer Chao, 36, a transient, on scene, according to police.

Officers discovered property in her possession that connected her to a residential burglary on the nearby 800 block of Sextant Court earlier in the day. Officers also recognized her as the suspect in another theft case earlier in the week on the 1100 block of Shoal Drive, also in a nearby neighborhood, according to police.

Officers Andrew T. Trujillo and Hans J. Jorgensen followed up at Chao’s hotel room, where they located property related to a third burglary, in the 2200 block of Armada Way, reported that same day, according to police.

A neighborhood canvass by officers revealed that Chao was using the “door-knock burglar” technique, a common criminal trend of knocking on doors to case the neighborhood for apparently unoccupied target residences, according to police.

Detectives followed up on this case over the weekend, and were able to locate more property stolen by Chao in East Bay Pawn Shops, and have held those items at the Pawn Shops for recovery.

Detectives are still examining some of the property recovered from Chao, and the investigation continues, according to police.

Chao was booked into San Mateo County Jail for multiple residential burglaries, grand theft and possession of stolen property. 



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