Almanac

News - March 3, 2010

Big run of property crimes in Atherton, MP

by Dave Boyce

Thieves got away with almost $53,000 in stolen goods in some 19 property crimes in Atherton and Menlo Park over the week that started Friday, Feb 19, according to police logs for both communities.

In Menlo Park, a take of $17,150 includes four residential burglaries, four thefts — in which breaking and entering was not a factor — and three auto burglaries.

Atherton's much higher loss of $35,800 includes a $31,000 heist of jewelry from a locked vehicle, along with two residential burglaries and one theft, according to the log.

There were also four Menlo Park vehicle thefts, two of which were recovered, police said.

Menlo Park

In residential crimes, the take last week included a laptop and jewelry valued at $7,350 on Carlton Avenue, two rings valued at $4,900 from Monte Rosa Drive, a video game setup valued at $2,800 from O'Connor Street, and two turntables, a mixer and some jewelry for a total of $3,600 from a home on Carlton Avenue.

On Noel Drive, someone stole a bicycle valued at $1,700 from a garage. At Robert Half International offices on Sand Hill Road, thieves stole a TV valued at $2,500, police said.

Losses from auto burglaries included a $2,300 theft of a laptop, briefcase and notebook. Someone stiffed the Chevron station on El Camino Real for $69.95 for a vehicle repair, police said.

Atherton

The big jewelry burglary of a vehicle occurred on Palmer Lane after someone smashed the vehicle's window and stole a jewelry box and its contents along with a purse, police said.

At a construction site on Betty Lane, thieves got away with $4,400 in tools, police said.

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