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Atherton police urge more vigilance in face of latest overnight thefts

The rash of burglaries in Atherton's Selby Lane neighborhood continues, with three residents calling police to report thefts between Wednesday night and Thursday morning (Nov. 13-14), the police department said.

In all three cases, the thief or thieves entered unlocked vehicles parked in driveways, and in one incident, entered a home through an unlocked door and stole an electronic device, according to police. The crimes occurred near the intersection of Austin Avenue and Selby Lane, west of El Camino Real, police said.

"The Police Department continues to ask residents to be vigilant in protecting their property," the department said in an email alert sent out on Thursday -- one of a number of such notices in recent months. "Please take the time to lock your vehicles and the doors to your home, especially overnight and when you are not at home," the notice said. "If you have an alarm system, please use it."

The crimes are the latest in a series of theft-related crimes in that area; the spate of crimes includes one or more incidents on Stockbridge Avenue.

In late October, police arrested two women over a two-day period on suspicion of burglary or attempted burglary and other crimes. But those incidents occurred outside the hard-hit Selby Lane area: one on Jennings Lane and the other on Isabella Avenue.

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Posted by SteveC
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Nov 18, 2013 at 2:28 pm

SteveC is a registered user.

They want the police to lock vehicles and doors for hem. After all, what else do the police have to do.


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Posted by JoseG
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Nov 21, 2013 at 3:52 pm

What about mentioning bicycles stolen at Encinal and San Antonio? Is not the first time. Last incident happened around 7:30-7:45 am on a Saturday morning. 2 bicycles were stolen cutting the locks. Only one bicycle was recovered, but it wasn't ours.
Previous incident 2 bikes that were not locked. I thought that if I lock ours it wouldn't happen to Us.


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