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News - December 11, 2013

Police Calls

This information is from the 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 the agencies received the report of a crime are shown.

PORTOLA VALLEY

The Federal Aviation Administration reported that someone in the vicinity of the intersection of Alpine Road and Nathhorst Avenue aimed a green laser beam at the left side of an incoming Southwest Airlines commercial jet flying at about 6,000 feet. In a search of the area, deputies were unsuccessful in finding the source of the laser beam. There were no injuries and no property damage, and deputies have no leads, Dec. 1.

ATHERTON

Residential burglary reports:

• Someone entered a house on Holbrook Lane, apparently without having to resort to forced entry, and stole a small safe and several other items, including a $95,000 diamond ring, Dec. 2.

• A $300 pair of Oliver Peoples sunglasses is one of the stolen items in a burglary of an open garage area of a residence on Selby Lane. The sunglasses were stolen from an unlocked vehicle, as was a $1,000 laptop computer from another unlocked vehicle. Thieves left the interior of a third unlocked vehicle in disarray but took nothing, Dec. 3.

• In a related incident, an unlocked vehicle parked on a residential driveway on Serrano Drive is missing $1,000 worth of unspecified goods. Nothing was missing from a second vehicle parked nearby, Dec. 3

Accident report: A man jogging in the southbound bike lane on Alameda de las Pulgas near Polhemus Avenue shortly before 5:30 p.m. sustained moderate injuries after being struck by a white "box truck" towing a flatbed trailer, Nov. 30.

WOODSIDE

Auto burglary report: After smashing the window of a vehicle parked along Old La Honda Road near the entrance to the bridal trail of the Thornewood Open Space Preserve, someone stole a bag from the floor containing $702 worth of goods, including a checkbook, prescription sunglasses, iPod headphones, makeup and the ignition key, Nov. 26.

MENLO PARK

Using a website posing as associated with the Internal Revenue Service, a resident of Elder Avenue obtained a phone number and subsequently provided access to $14,300 worth of prepaid cards to someone making a claim that the resident owed money to the IRS and was about to be arrested, Dec. 3.

Auto burglary reports:

• Someone smashed a window of a vehicle parked on Marsh Road at Bayfront Park and stole a purse containing a wallet, $50 in cash, makeup, and credit cards, a $154 loss, Nov. 29.

• A knapsack containing $30 in cash and various cards is missing from the trunk of a vehicle parked on Coleman Place. It wasn't clear how the thief managed to open the trunk, Dec. 4.

Theft reports:

• A toolkit worth an estimated $900 that included a circular saw, drills, a flashlight with a charger and batteries, and screwdriver fittings is missing from a residence on Chester Street, Dec. 3.

• Someone stole a $600 Apple iPad from an unlocked vehicle parked on Olive Street, Dec. 3.

• An overnight bag containing clothing, makeup and a journal, with a total value of about $320, was stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked in the 2400 block of Sand Hill Road, Dec. 3.

• An unlocked vehicle parked on Hermosa Way is missing an Apple iPhone, earbuds, a pair of sunglasses and $3 in cash, adding up to $198 in losses, Dec. 3.

• Someone stole signs saying "No dogs allowed" from the front yard of a house on Paulsen Circle, Dec. 4.

• A Shark-brand mop with a value of $131 and delivered to the front porch of a home on Hedge Road is missing, Dec. 4.

• Someone stole a package from the front porch of a home on Gilbert Avenue, Dec. 3.

Stolen vehicle report: Black Chevrolet Silverado on Terminal Avenue, Nov. 29.

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