Crooked gardeners' plot soiled by police 


These gardeners allegedly tried to rake in more than weeds.

Two men accused of breaking from their gardening job in order to burglarize a neighbor’s home on Placitas Avenue in North Fair Oaks last month pleaded not guilty to the charges Friday, according to prosecutors.

Victor Oseguera-Rojas, 21, and Ruben Rojas Salas, 24, were allegedly caught hauling bags filled with stolen loot, including two laptop computers, by the mother of the home’s resident on the afternoon of April 11.

“What are you doing here?” the victim reportedly asked the men when confronting them in the kitchen.

They replied, “Oh nothing, sorry,” and fled in a gardening service truck, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

“Sheriff’s deputies determined that both suspects were employees of a gardening service working at a residence one block over,” Wagstaffe said.

Both men remain in custody on $50,000 bail and are scheduled to appear for a pre-trial hearing on June 4.


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