Almanac

News - July 31, 2013

Police Calls

This information is from the Menlo Park and Atherton police departments and the San Mateo County Sheriff's office. Under the law, people charged with offenses are considered innocent unless convicted.

LADERA

Residential burglary report: Using a ladder, someone climbed into an upper-story unlocked bathroom window of a house on La Mesa Drive but apparently fled after hearing a burglar alarm, leaving the house having taken nothing from it, July 17.

WOODSIDE

Residential burglary report: The padlock on the gate was cut and several electronic and hand tools valued at over $6,000 are missing from a locked storage box on a corner of a property on Mountain Home Road, July 18.

PORTOLA VALLEY

Residential burglary report: The owner of a vehicle parked in the 3000 block of Alpine Road claimed a total loss of $720 after someone broke a window in the vehicle and stole several things from inside, July 20.

WEST MENLO PARK

Residential burglary report: Returning from a lunch break, two employees of a business in the 2000 block of Sand Hill Road discovered loss estimated at $461, including a wallet missing from one office and cash that had been sitting on a desk missing from another, July 18.

ATHERTON

Theft reports:

• Two bicycles are missing from an unlocked garage on Adam Way: a blue Kestrel carbon-fiber road bike with a value of $7,500 and a silver full-suspension Pivot mountain bike valued at $8,000, July 21.

• Someone stole a toolbox, a Makita grinding tool, a DeWalt drill, sandpaper, trowels, levels and extension cords from a construction site on Walsh Road for a total loss estimated at $2,160, July 22.

MENLO PARK

Residential burglary reports:

• A safe containing $30,000 in gold and jewelry is missing from a house on Henderson Avenue after someone kicked in a door to the resident's garage and entered the house, July 23.

• A Rolex watch, a diamond ring, two gold rings and costume jewelry with a total value of about $11,000 is missing from a house with an unlocked front door on Oak Avenue, July 25.

Commercial burglary report: Two people forced their way into Beltramo's Wines and Spirits at 1540 El Camino Real at about 4:30 a.m., stole 27 packs of cigarettes and fled on foot, managing to escape from police who had seen them leaving the store. The suspects discarded the cigarettes, which police recovered, and are believed to be involved with four burglaries in the area, July 23.

Theft reports:

• Someone stole a watercolor painting with an estimated value of $1,155 in an overnight theft from a vendor's booth in the 600 block of Santa Cruz Avenue at the Connoisseurs' Marketplace, July 21.

• A woman bought three $500 prepaid money cards and provided the means of cashing them to a man claiming to be a police officer who said that she had to send him $1,500 immediately or her husband would be arrested on tax evasion charges. Afterward, she called her husband and learned that she'd been scammed, July 22.

• Police arrested a Redwood City woman on forgery charges after she made two purchases using counterfeit coupons at Safeway Supermarket at 525 El Camino Real, July 22.

Stolen vehicle report: A woman returned to a parking lot on Laurel Street to find her silver 2004 Volvo missing, along with the laptop computer, audio books, two pairs of sunglasses, reading glasses, climbing gear, a fleece jacket and $40 in cash that were in the car. She told police that she was unsure whether she'd left the keys in the car, and that the value of the stolen items totaled $2,490, July 25.

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