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News - December 4, 2013

Police Calls

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

PORTOLA VALLEY

Residential burglary report: A gardener returning to a residence on La Sandra Way after running some errands encountered two men in the driveway leaving in a dark green vehicle. Thinking it odd because the owner has a dog and wanted all gates kept closed, the gardener looked and found a shattered sliding glass door in the back. Estimated losses are $26,710, Nov. 20.

WEST MENLO PARK

Residential burglary report: Someone entered a home on Palo Alto Way through an unlocked back door and stole jewelry and two laptop computers for a $10,900 total loss, Nov. 14.

WOODSIDE

Residential burglary reports:

• "Numerous items" with a value of $6,825 are missing from a residence on Greer Road that had been left with the front door unlocked, Nov. 15.

• Someone entered a residence on Hillside Drive through an unlocked sliding glass door and stole $4,700 worth of electronics and jewelry, Nov. 14.

Theft report: A resident of the 100 block of Woodside Road drove by her home at 9:30 a.m. and saw a package sitting on top of her gate; when she returned at 11 a.m., the package, with an estimated value of $125, was gone, Nov. 14.

MENLO PARK

Residential burglary reports:

• A thief smashed the window of a garage on North Lemon Avenue, used the lever to manually open the garage door and stole a $10,000 bicycle, Nov. 23.

• An envelope containing $4,000 in cash is missing from a residential bedroom on Ivy Drive. There are no signs of forced entry, Dec. 1.

• An unlocked rear door allowed a thief or thieves to enter a house on Terminal Avenue and get away with two laptop computers, two digital cameras, two watches, a camcorder, jewelry and clothing for a total loss of about $2,347, Nov. 22.

• Police cited and released a Florida man after seeing him littering and finding him in possession of a switchblade knife in the vicinity of Middle Avenue and El Camino Real. The man's wife, who approached police during the questioning of her husband, was arrested on outstanding warrants and found to be in possession of a foil-lined "booster bag" used for shoplifting, Nov. 29.

Strong arm robbery report: A 31-year-old woman and 57-year-old man were sitting in front of Donut Delight on Willow Road when three females and a male, all of Hispanic heritage, approached the couple, robbed the woman of her purse, and fled in a white SUV. The purse was empty except for an ID, a $45 loss. The victims were not cooperative in the investigation, Nov. 23.

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