Kelly McGuirk charged with five counts of theft, pleads guilty to one

On March 8, 1993, a 62-year old Atherton man was vacationing in Mexico with his wife when he suddenly passed away. His widow made arrangements to transport his body home, and she then planned for a memorial service and reception at her home afterward.

cateringOn Thursday, March 18, 1993, ten days after this man passed away, the memorial service was held at 4:00 p.m., with a reception immediately following. The new widow, who had yet to unpack from that trip, had hired caterer Chez Vous for the reception. One person on the catering staff was volunteered to arrive at the home early, during the funeral, ahead of the four or five other catering staff. She would be alone in the home, presumably setting up the catering, for a few hours while everyone was at the funeral. The reception was attended by maybe 40 to 50 people, helped by four or five catering staff. Including the early volunteer.

After the reception, the widow went upstairs in her home and could not find her purse. She went to unpack her suitcase, and half of her clothes were missing. At first, she thought the airline did it. Then she discovered a camera was missing. A camera with the last photos of her husband on that ill-fated vacation. The widow thought about this for a week and realized it was the catering employee who had arrived early to "set up" who was the person who stole these items.

skortShe thought about it and became angry. She found out the home address of the catering employee, and she went to that address, which was at 1175 Foster City Blvd. #2 in Foster City. She went there, knocked, and the catering employee answered. The widow pushed her way in and made her accusations to the catering employee's face. The catering employee denied everything, and said "look around my house." And the widow did just that: she looked everywhere but did not find anything, until she emptied a clothes hamper. There, her eye caught something: a white skort that she had just purchased for that vacation to Mexico.

She went to the Foster City Police and called the caterer, Chez Vous, and its owner Lori Fox, but believes that Chez Vous did not fire the catering assistant.

On September 17, 1993, the Foster City Police Department was dispatched to 1175 Foster City Blvd. #2 on a report of a theft. Officers spoke to Kelly McGuirk, who admitted to stealing miscellaneous clothing from Nordstrom (Hillsdale Mall, San Mateo) from April 1991 to April 1993. McGuirk also admitted to stealing money and miscellaneous items from a residence while working for a catering company on September 10, 1993. The victim identified dishes, a candle as stolen from her residence.

All property that was recovered from the suspect's apartment and vehicle and was returned to the victims.

Kelly McGuirk pleads guilty

On October 23, 1993, Kelly McGuirk was charged with 5 counts of theft combined on one complaint. The prosecution dismissed four counts of theft for the McGuirk's plead of guilty to one charge.

San Mateo County court records show:



CASE NO. SM254720             STATUS:  ADJUDICATED


VIOLATION DATE: 09/16/1993              

001 PC 487.1 M DISM – NEGOT PLEA 12/20/93
002 PC 496.1 F DISM – NEGOT PLEA 12/20/93
003 PC 484  F DISM – NEGOT PLEA 12/20/93
004 PC 496.1  F DISM – NEGOT PLEA 12/20/93
005 PC 484 M PLED NOLO CONTENDRE 12/20/93



10/28/93 Complaint filed
Hearing held on 12/20/93 at 1:30 P.M. in Municipal Court Southern Branch, D-8. Hon. Norman J Gatzert, Court Commissioner, Presiding. Clerk: Rebeca C Loo.  Reporter: Don Beaudoin. Clerk2: Deanna Salazar. Deputy D.A. Irene Holmes. Defense Counsel Present: May.Pre Trial Conference

Stipulation re: Judge Pro Tempore hearing matter
Defendant appeared with Attorney May.
Complaint amended orally.
Complaint amended to add count 5: misdemeanor, Violation of PC 484, on motion of the prosecution. Arraignment waived on the amended complaint.
Defendant entered a plea of nolo contendere to Count 5 in amended complaint.

Defendant is advised of, understands, and knowingly and voluntarily waives all the following rights: waives the right to counsel; to trial by jury; to confront and cross-examine adverse witnesses; the privilege against self-incrimination. The Court finds that the defendant understands the nature of the charges, the elements of the offense, the defense thereto, the consequences of pleas and the range of penalties thereto. Waiver of rights signed.

Count 1 dismissed on motion of the prosecution. Reason for dismissal or discharge: negotiated plea.

Count 2 dismissed on motion of the prosecution. Reason for dismissal or discharge: negotiated plea.

Count 3 dismissed on motion of the prosecution. Reason for dismissal or discharge: negotiated plea.

Count 4 dismissed on motion of the prosecution. Reason for dismissal or discharge: negotiated plea.

Time waived for sentencing.

Defendant waives formal arraignment for sentencing.

Defendant referred to probation department for restitution report.

Harvey waiver

Case continued to 02/04/1994 at 9:00 A.M. in South San Francisco in Dept. 8 for restitution memo

Jury trial set on 01/06/1994 at 9:00 A.M. ordered vacated.

Count 5 imposition of sentence suspended.  Defendant is Placed on court probation for 2 years; 0 months; 0 days.

Obey all laws. Follow all orders of the court/probation officer and report as directed. Notify the court/ probation officer immediately of any change of residence address.

As to Count 5, Defendant to serve 0 year(s), 0 month(s), 30 days, 0 hour(s) in the County Jail.

Count 5 to be served consecutive to any other case of defendant.
Defendant to surrender to county jail on 02/05/1994 at 10:00 A.M.
Defendant is recommended to the Sheriff’s work program.

Defendant to submit person/vehicle/place of residence to search and seizure at any time of day or night, to by any law enforcement officer, with or without a warrant and with or without probable cause.

All sentence elements for this proceeding entered
02/04/94 Hearing held on 02/04/94 at 9:00 a.m. in Municipal Court Northern Branch, D-8. Hon. Norman J Gatzert, Judge, Presiding.   Clerk: Rebeca C Loo.  Reporter: Don Beaudoin. Clerk2: None. Deputy D.A. None. Defense Counsel Present: May.

Restitution Memo

Defendant appeared with Attorney May.

Time waived for sentencing.

Defendant waives formal arraignment for sentencing.

Defendant ordered to make restitution for damages as to Count 5 in the amount of $500.00

Defendant ordered to make first payment on 03/04/1994.

Defendant to pay restitution through Revenue Services.

Victim’s name is XXXXX XXXXXXXXX.

Defendant ordered to submit proof of restitution to the court on or before 02/06/1995.

All sentence elements for this proceeding entered.


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Kelly McGuirk's Criminal Past

On and off again board member had access to the HOA's checking account while being a convicted thief.

2016: Arrested for Assault
2009: Convicted of Theft
2008: Convicted of Theft
1997: Convicted of Theft
1996: Convicted of Theft
1995: Convicted of Theft
1993: Convicted of Thefts
1988: Convicted of Theft
1986: Convicted of Theft