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News - May 7, 2014

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 police received the report are shown.

WEST MENLO PARK

Auto burglary and theft report: A woman left her purse on the floor in front of her parked car and had gone for a walk near the Stanford Dish antenna. After she drove home, she learned from her bank that someone had attempted to make "an unusual purchase" using her credit card. She looked in her wallet, found that all her cards were missing, called the banks to cancel them and found that one had already been used for a $1,000 charge. She told deputies she may have forgotten to lock her car. April 27.

LADERA

Residential burglary report: Landscapers working outside a home on La Mesa Drive encountered two men, one outside the home and one inside, who claimed to be delivering a package. When the landscapers asked for a business card, the men got into a white Chevrolet Avalanche and fled toward Alpine Road. April 30.

WOODSIDE

Auto burglary reports:

• A woman left her vehicle parked at Woodside Road and Churchill Avenue at about 5:30 p.m. and returned at 7 p.m. to find the front passenger-side window broken and her purse stolen. The estimated loss is $50, not including the window repair. The purse had been in plain view on the front passenger seat, police said. April 22.

• A man left his vehicle parked at Woodside Road and Churchill Avenue at about 3:30 p.m. and returned at 6:30 p.m. to find the rear passenger-side window broken and the rear passenger seat missing, a loss of $900, not including the window repair. April 22.

Fraud reports:

• Someone stole checks from a resident of Eleanor Drive and cashed 11 of them for a total of $7,640 at various check-cashing locations in Redwood City. Police have a suspect. April 29.

• Residents of an Old La Honda Road home said that their identities had been stolen and a federal tax return filed in their name by someone other than themselves. April 23.

MENLO PARK

Residential burglary reports:

• Someone stole some books from the garage of a home on Hillview Avenue. The garage may not have been locked, and the value of the books is not known. April 30.

• A backpack and some keys were stolen from a house in the 1100 block of Willow Road. The burglar apparently entered by breaking a bedroom window. The loss is estimated at $31. May 3.

Auto burglary report: Someone smashed a rear driver's-side window of a vehicle parked in the 500 block of El Camino Real and stole a laptop computer, a laptop bag, a tablet computer and gift cards, a total loss estimated at $3,850. May 1.

Theft reports:

• A $500 bicycle locked to a pole was stolen from in the parking area of an apartment complex on Live Oak Avenue. April 28.

• A woman parked in the 600 block of Santa Cruz Avenue drove off with her wallet and cell phone on the roof of her vehicle, noticed them fall off, and saw someone pick up her wallet and drive away with it in a green Ford sedan. The estimated loss is $250. May 1.

• Someone stole packages containing a ham radio and an egg cooker, a loss of about $125, from the front porch of a home on Laurel Avenue. April 30.

Fraud reports:

• A resident of Middle Avenue spent $5,000 on re-loadable debit cards in response to someone who called and claimed to be an agent of the Internal Revenue Service. The "agent" said the resident owed taxes that must be paid immediately in gift cards. May 1.

Found property report: Someone found cash in an amount less than $20 and gave it to police. April 29.

Accident report: A 54-year-old woman from Pacifica was walking across El Camino Real at Santa Cruz Avenue when she was struck by a 2007 Lexus making a turn on to El Camino and being driven by a 65-year-old man from Menlo Park. The woman complained of pain in her hip and thigh, but she declined medical attention. April 29.

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