An alleged burglar flirted his way into custody in San Mateo over the weekend, according to police.
Employees of the Curry Up Now in the 100 block of South B Street noticed a suspect stacking store property by their rear door about 1:30 a.m. Saturday. The suspect fled upon being surprised by the employees, police said, and was not at the scene when police arrived.
One of the employees told police that the suspect had been in the store earlier and had flirted with her, giving the employee his name and phone number. She in turn gave that information to police and they went ahead and set up a first date the suspect won't soon forget.
Officers set up a date with the suspect through a series of text messages, "luring him to a location near Burlingame Avenue and California Drive" about 10:30 p.m. Instead of finding the object of his affections, he found plain clothes officers who arrested him.
He was identified by San Mateo police as Keveen Quintanilla, a 31-year-old Burlingame resident. A search of his home reportedly turned up stolen goods from the burglary.
He was booked into San Mateo County Jail on charges of commercial burglary, possession of stolen property, and drug charges.
San Mateo police announced the arrest with their crime prevention tip of the week: If you're going to burgle, don't flirt ... if you're going to flirt, don't burgle!
Sage advice, indeed.