Almanac

News - September 11, 2013

Police Calls

PORTOLA VALLEY

Auto burglary report: Thieves using a pry bar broke windows, reached in, and stole items from inside three vehicles parked in the vicinity of the Alpine Inn at 3915 Alpine Road, Aug. 31.

ATHERTON

Theft report: While school was in session, someone stole a $519 bronze Hardrock Sport bicycle that had been locked to a street sign on the shoulder of Oak Grove Avenue near the faculty entrance to Menlo-Atherton High School at 555 Middlefield Road, Sept. 4.

MENLO PARK

Residential burglary reports:

• Police are looking for a clean-shaven white man between 30 and 40 years old in connection with the discovery outside an El Camino Real office building of several items that had been inside the building. Landscapers found the hidden items — ceramic tiles, a plaque, a framed photograph and an engraved metal bowl — and a surveillance camera showed someone matching the description above riding up to the building in the 1700 block of El Camino Real and entering through an open garage door. The suspect wore blue-gray shorts, beige boots or high-top sneakers, a black T-shirt with Puma logos on the front and back, and a light-colored baseball cap with an unknown logo on it, Sept. 5.

• A resident of Woodland Avenue came home to find that a side window to the house had been forced open and the interior of the house ransacked. No word yet on whether anything is missing, Sept. 4.

Auto burglary report: Burglars hit three vehicles parked on Stanford Avenue for losses estimated at $1,245, including a GPS device, two pairs of sunglasses, sunglasses clips, a wallet and the faceplate of a car stereo. Fremont police had made an arrest and discovered pieces of property inside the suspect's vehicle that included at least one said to be missing from an unlocked vehicle on Stanford Avenue, which then led Menlo Park police to the other two incidents, Aug. 30.

Theft reports:

• Two bikes left unlocked by an apartment stairway on San Antonio Street are missing for a total loss estimated at $1,630, Sept. 4.

• Someone stole a $475 bicycle locked to a sign pole in the 600 block of Santa Cruz Avenue, Aug. 30.

• The metal box used to collect entry fees from visitors to Flood (county) Park on Bay Road is missing $224, Aug. 31.

• An employee of Cardiokinetix, Inc. on Hamilton Avenue reported the theft of her handbag from inside a drawer in her desk, Sept. 3.

• A woman fled with a $4.99 loaf of raisin bread from Safeway supermarket on Sharon Park Drive, Sept. 2.

• The owner of a cell phone believed to have been stolen during a party on Carlton Avenue later tracked the phone to another location in Menlo Park, Sept. 4.

• Someone stole a bag containing notary equipment from an unlocked vehicle parked in the 1800 block of El Camino Real, Sept. 4.

Tow request report: A black 2008 Dodge Charger was towed from Arnold Way, a residential area, after the car's alarm went off consistently and repeatedly for more than 20 minutes, Aug. 31.

Fraud report: Someone cashed a $530 check stolen from the mailbox of a resident of Lorelei Lane, Sept. 2.

Trespassing report: A neighbor of Tarlton Properties on O'Brien Drive trimmed some bushes on the Tarlton property without authorization. After meeting with a police officer, both parties came to an understanding about the pruning of trees on each other's property without permission, Sept. 3.

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