Man who tried to rob cop’s house sentenced to two years

A blundering burglar who chose a cop’s home to rob in March was sentenced to two years in the slammer Tuesday for the failed attempt.

Rodolfo Maldanado, 19, of Menlo Park, wasn’t spooked by the off-duty cop’s yapping dogs when he snuck into the home on Spring Street in North Fair Oaks around 9:30 a.m., authorities said.

But the courage faded when the white-faced crook faced the barrel of the police officer’s gun, cops said. The homeowner, said to be a Dublin cop, said he was rudely awakened by his barking dogs, went for his gun and found the crook near the kitchen, San Mateo County prosecutors said.

Maldanado tried to make a run for it, fleeing out a glass door and into the backyard, but was tackled by the cop on the backyard lawn, responding deputies from the county Sheriff’s Office said.

Maldanado pleaded no contest to residential burglary and “admitted allegations that it was a serious and violent felony,” prosecutors said.

Though he received a two-year sentence, he was credited for 203 days already served in prison for the crime, prosecutors said.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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