A judge has ordered a 26-year-old man suspected in a string of residential and vehicle burglaries over a two-week period in San Bruno to undergo mental evaluations by two psychiatrists.
His co-defendant is out on $10,000 bail, pending arraignment Feb. 11.
Donald Ray Jones Jr., 26, and Fredrica Lolamay Green, 23, were each charged with six counts of burglary, two counts of prowling and peeping, two counts of committing a crime with priors and a single count of drug possession and receiving stolen property.
Jones and Green were arrested in San Bruno when a neighbor spotted Green allegedly rifling through a purse at some residential recycling bins, according to San Mateo County District Attorney's officials.
The neighbor called the resident's home, waking her up, and that resident discovered her purse missing; her front door had been unlocked, D.A. officials said.
As police were taking a report on that suspect's description, another person called to say that someone had walked into his backyard and looked into a sliding glass door, officials said.
When confronted by the resident, the suspect said he was looking for a Safeway store and took off, officials said.
The same suspect was spotted at the rear of a market, where he also told workers he was looking for a Safeway, officials said.
Investigators tracked the man to a motel on El Camino Real, where a clerk reported that a person matching the man's description was registered there, officials said.
Officers found Jones with two women and detained him, finding stolen property, including credit cards, computers, iPads and backpacks, D.A. officials reported.
The property was traced to a series of recent home burglaries and some theft of items in unlocked vehicles.
One of the burglaries to which the items were allegedly linked occurred in San Francisco over the Christmas holidays, according to prosecution papers.
A check of reported thefts indicated that most of the items taken during the two-week spree ended up in the motel room, according to officials; police also found Green sitting on a wallet that allegedly contained a small amount of methamphetamine.
Jones is currently behind bars in lieu of $100,000 bail, pending a return of doctors' reports Jan. 29.