MENLO PARK (CBS SF) — Police in Menlo Park have arrested a Bay Area FedEx driver suspected of burglarizing homes while making deliveries.
According to authorities, 57-year-old Kevin Baker is accused of burglarizing three homes in affluent suburban neighborhoods in the Peninsula towns of Atherton and Menlo Park.
The first Atherton burglary occurred on May 3 on Orchard Hills Drive at approximately 1:30 p.m., while the second occurred on May 5 on the 200 block of Park Lane at approximately 1:20 p.m.
The Menlo Park burglary occurred on May 17 on the 1100 block of Trinity Drive at approximately 7 p.m. Baker was taken into custody on Tuesday.
Menlo Park police say the three victims turned over surveillance camera footage implicating Baker, who is charged with burglarizing their homes while make deliveries to them. Police say Baker has a criminal history of theft-related offenses.
Investigator said Baker simply strolled through the unlocked front doors of the victims’ homes while dropping off packages on the clock.
“When you see the FedEx guy going up, you don’t react at all,” said San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. “So it’s a real devious approach that he took, that took advantage of the company he worked for.”
He allegedly stole electronics, which investigators used to track his location.
“For people, if you have a home security system, we capture burglars,” said Wagstaff. “That’s what we have here. That’s how he got caught.”
FedEx co-worker Irfan Dalal saw baker around the building and was shocked to hear about the arrest.
“Yeah, it’s very crazy,” said Dalal.
Jail records don’t show if Baker is represented by an attorney.
FedEx says it’s cooperating with the investigation. The company released a statement Wednesday afternoon.
“All individuals providing services on behalf of FedEx Ground undergo background checks that include a review of driving record and criminal history,” the statement read. “We can confirm that this driver is no longer providing service on behalf FedEx Ground.”