Intruder: A woman spotted a flashlight shining in her backyard at night, wielded by persons unknown. A search of the Glenwood Avenue home found a courtyard gate open, but no other signs of intruders, May 3.
Thefts: Thieves made off with one Pope Street resident's $1,000 laptop, lifted from a cabinet, and a neighbor's ice skating bag, complete with skates, luggage, shoes and three books, with a total value of $1,900, stolen from an unlocked car during the early afternoon of May 3.
•Two catalytic converters, worth $1,200, vanished from a Toyota parked on Woodland Avenue, May 3.
• Bikes remained a popular target. A $150 bicycle was stolen from an Encinal Avenue carport despite being locked, May 5. A cut cable lock testified to the disappearance of a $250 silver "beach cruiser" bike from a carport on San Antonio Street on May 7; the theft may or may not be related to an earlier incident where someone loosened all the lug nuts, the victim told police. The owner of a $600 bicycle stored on Willow Road was equally unfortunate; that bicycle vanished sometime during a span of two weeks despite being held in a secured garage, May 9.
Shoplifting A 21-year-old Palo Alto woman opted to leave a store on El Camino Real with two bottles of wine in her purse without first stopping by the checkout counter. A store employee confiscated the wine and called police, who arrested the woman for petty theft, May 4. No word on whether she simply forgot to bring a reusable shopping bag.
• A man departed from a 7-11 on Oak Grove Avenue with an 18-pack of beer and four bags of chips without paying for the goods, worth $32.05. The suspect wore a black baseball cap with red writing, a white shirt and glasses, according to witnesses, who described him as a Hispanic man about 25 to 30 years old, May 5.
Burglaries: Someone dropped down into Ann's Coffee Shop on Santa Cruz Avenue through a roof hatch, and stole a laptop along with approximately $450 before fleeing undetected, May 6.
• A locked vehicle provided little challenge to a thief who smashed in its window to grab eight shirts, a fleece blanket and headphones worth $630 on Alma Street, May 5.
Scam: A man claiming to be an Atherton resident's grandson called and asked for money to be sent to Australia. Police officers advised it was likely a scam, May 6.
Burglary: Someone smashed the window of a vehicle parked on Patricia Drive, but didn't steal anything, May 10.