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Police calls: License-plate-reading camera stolen from campus

This information is from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office and the Menlo Park Police Department. Under the law, people charged with offenses are considered innocent unless convicted. Police received the reports on the dates shown.

WOODSIDE

Theft report: Someone in a white pickup truck used tools to remove and steal a license-plate-reading camera from the campus of Canada College at 4200 Farm Hill Blvd. June 23.

Residential burglary report: Someone broke into a residence on Still Creek Road and rummaged through dresser drawers in the master bedroom but took nothing. June 26.

PORTOLA VALLEY

Residential burglary reports:

■ Someone broke the glass of an exterior door to the master bedroom of a Golden Oak Drive home and stole a floor safe. Estimated loss: $26,500. June 28.

■ A rear window into the master bedroom of a home on Escobar Road was found broken, with indicators that the bedroom had been rummaged through. It wasn't clear if anything was taken. June 24.

■ Someone entered a residence on Favonia Road via an unlocked door and rummaged through several rooms, taking three items. Investigators have a vehicle description and a partial license plate number. Estimated loss: $620. June 24.

■ A house cleaner said bedrooms had been ransacked in a home on Oak Forest Court. The burglar entered by smashing a window in the door to the master bedroom. Deputies did not find fingerprints and the list of stolen property was not available. June 27.

Theft report: Someone stole power tools, an Apple iPad and a camera from an unlocked shed on a Ramosa Road property. Estimated loss: $1,850. June 28.

LADERA

Forgery report: A resident of N. Castanya Way reported that someone stole checks from an unlocked vehicle and cashed one in Yuba City, California. June 27.

MENLO PARK

Auto burglary reports:

■ Someone smashed a rear window of a vehicle parked on Sharon Park Drive and stole a bicycle from the back seat. Estimated loss: $600. June 25.

■ A backpack was stolen after someone broke into a vehicle parked in the 1800 block of El Camino Real. Estimated loss: $200. July 1.

■ Someone broke into a vehicle parked in the 1300 block of El Camino Real, but stole nothing. July 1.

Theft reports:

■ Exercise equipment was stolen from a parking lot at Sparta Performance Science at 165 Constitution Drive. Estimated loss: $18,000. June 23.

■ Someone broke into a Santa Monica Avenue garage via a rear door, then entered the residence through an unlocked door and stole a saw for cutting tile and stone, a laser and other tools. Estimated loss: $1,297. June 26.

■ A woman having dinner at Piccolo Ristorante Italiano at 651 Oak Grove Ave. had her wallet stolen from her table. June 25.

■ Police stopped an East Palo Alto man at Alma Street and Oak Grove Avenue for riding a bicycle at night without a headlight, then detained and booked him into jail after verifying that the bicycle belonged to Google Corp. in Mountain View. June 27.

■ Someone stole a locked bike from the Caltrain station on Merrill Street. Estimated loss: $300. July 1.

■ A bike locked to a bike rack at the Caltrain station on Merrill Street was stolen after the lock was cut. Estimated loss: $150. June 25.

■ A customer at the Safeway supermarket at 525 El Camino Real put baby formula into a purse, left the store without having paid for the formula, and fled in a waiting vehicle. Estimated loss: $53. June 23.

■ Two juveniles stole, then returned, two permanent markers from Menlo Park Hardware at 700 Santa Cruz Ave. They were let go with a warning. June 24.

Fraud reports:

■ Management at the Red Cottage Inn at 1704 El Camino Real was informed by Expedia.com that a fraudulent credit card had been used to rent a room. The occupant left after saying that a friend had rented the room for him. June 30.

■ Pumps at the Chevron gas station at 1399 Willow Road had been tampered with and were pumping unaccounted amounts of free gasoline. June 23.

■ A resident of Partridge Avenue reported that someone filed 2013 income taxes using the resident's personal information.

Stolen vehicle report: Someone stole a silver 2014 Nissan Versa from a residence on Hermosa Way. July 3.

Dave Boyce

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