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News - June 26, 2013

7 burglaries, 4 thefts in 3 days

by Dave Boyce

Someone got past a fence in the 300 block of Constitution Avenue and cut the lock of a storage container, stealing $15,000 in welding equipment from the container, according to a June 18 report from the Menlo Park Police Department.

That burglary was one of three reported in Menlo Park on Monday, June 17 — two commercial burglaries and one residential. The next day saw three more burglaries plus four cases of theft, with another burglary on Wednesday. Over the three days, the estimated losses add up to nearly $25,000.

Thieves smashed windows and made off with valuables in two vehicle burglaries on Tuesday, June 18: a MacBook Pro, no value given, stolen from a vehicle parked in the 1800 block of El Camino Real; and a computer, cell phone, $40 in cash and personal items (a loss totaling $1,800) taken from a vehicle parked in the 1600 block of Marsh Road.

Two bicycles were reported stolen — one with a value of $300, taken from an unlocked storage container on Coleman Avenue, and another worth $6,000, taken from a garage on Lemon Street. Another bike was stolen from an open garage on Middlefield Road, but police had no information on its value.

Someone broke into a laundry room in the 400 block of Oak Grove Avenue and stole the coin-collection containers from coin-operated washing machines, and broke into a maintenance room and stole two saws. The losses amounted to $665, including $20 in coins, police said.

About $20 in coins were also reported stolen from a home on Hollyburne Avenue on June 19, along with a Playstation video game console with a value of $300 after someone entered the house through an unlocked bedroom window.

A backpack containing work papers, laptop computers and knee pads went missing from the trunk of a vehicle parked in the 300 block of Hedge Road, police said. The losses add up to $690.

In two burglaries, one commercial and one residential, the victims reported signs of break-ins but that was all. At Honeycombers, a lice-treatment facility at 441 El Camino Real, there were pry marks on a door and the door's handle was missing, police said. And at a residence on Glenwood Avenue, thieves broke into four storage containers but took nothing, police said.

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