San Mateo Police Investigate New Year's Eve Robbery

Two suspects wearing ski-masks and armed with a knife robbed the victim at about 9:30 p.m.

San Mateo police are seeking witnesses to an armed robbery that occurred in San Mateo on New Year's Eve.

At about 9:30 p.m., a 57-year-old Burlingame man was accosted by two suspects while he was standing in the area of the northbound bus stop on El Camino Real at 37th Avenue, San Mateo Police Sgt. Dave Norris said.

Both suspects wore ski-masks and one of the suspects was armed with a knife, Norris said.

The victim was robbed of some belongings, but not injured.

The San Mateo Police Department was unable to receive the information about this crime until the following day. 

Detectives are looking for community assistance in this case. 

  • This incident occurred on Monday evening, New Year’s Eve, at about 9:30 pm. 
  • The location of the incident was the area of the northbound bus stop at the northeast corner of the intersection of 37th Ave. and El Camino Real. 37th Ave. is the first controlled intersection on El Camino between Hillsdale Boulevard and the Belmont border. 
  • The suspects in this case were two male suspects wearing ski masks – both subjects were of medium height and build, and were wearing baggy jeans. 
  • A dark colored vehicle may have been associated with the suspects – the vehicle was last seen headed south (towards Belmont) on El Camino Real. 

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the SMPD Investigations Bureau at the following numbers: 

  • SMPD Investigations Bureau: 522-7650 
  • SMPD Secret Witness Hotline: 522-7676 
  • Anonymous Text to SMPD: 262-3473 

A Message from the San Mateo Police Department:

 Please take responsibility if you see something that needs police attention and call us. Often victims of crime are too afraid, ambivalent, or unable to report crimes in progress. Help us maintain the safety of our community by being our “eyes and ears” – 

• Call us on 911 for emergencies and crimes-in-progress. 
• For mobile phones or non-emergencies, please have our non-emergency phone number programmed into your phone: 650-522-7700. 
• Anyone with information on current investigations or ongoing crime trends is encouraged to contact the San Mateo Police Department at the phone numbers for SMPD Investigations above. 


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