Thieves broke into and burglarized six vehicles parked at the informal dirt parking area at the Alpine Road intersection with Piers Lane between 9:30 and 10:15 a.m. Thursday morning (Sept. 22), according to an account from Menlo Park resident Jeff Jonker, whose car was broken into.
The lot is convenient for people hiking the trails near The Dish, the radio-telescope antenna on undeveloped Stanford University land that overlooks Interstate 280.
None of the broken windows in the burglarized vehicles faced the street, which was busy with weekday morning traffic, Mr. Jonker told the Almanac.
"A whole bunch of laptops were stolen," he said. A spokesman for the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office did not immediately return the Almanac's phone call.
Of the five victims, one noted that a stolen purse contained a passport, a set of keys and at least $1,000 in various forms of cash.