Tool nailed for storage shed heist 

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This woman apparently always gets stuck with the tools.

A burglary suspect who was fleeing Belmont police earlier this month ditched his girlfriend, leaving her behind with all the tools he had allegedly stolen from a storage shed, according to prosecutors.

Still, 25-year-old Pacifica resident Mitchell James Borden failed to evade officers following the callous May 4 incident, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

The incident unfolded at about 9:15 a.m., Wagstaffe said, when Borden allegedly wedged open a storage unit at an apartment complex on Village Court in Belmont and stole tools. A neighbor reportedly saw the theft, yelled at Borden, then called police. Borden fled but was soon spotted by officers, leading to a short pursuit, Wagstaffe said.

“The suspect bailed out of the car in the parking lot of a convalescent home, leaving his girlfriend in the car with the stolen tools,” the district attorney said.

Borden, who also had three warrants for his arrest, then waltzed into an unlocked door of a 44-year-old woman’s home and sat on a couch. He reportedly told the woman, who had been working at her computer, that he was running from police for driving drunk and warned her not to call cops.

The woman “was terrified but sat quietly,” Wagstaffe said. At one point, Wagstaffe added, Borden reached toward her, but police arrived “just at the right time” and made the arrest.

Borden, who has pleaded not guilty to the charges, is scheduled to appear in court today for a preliminary hearing.


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