WEST MENLO PARK
Fraud report: A resident of Manzanita Avenue is out $12,600 in rent paid to someone claiming, over email, to be the owner of a vacation home. Dec. 28.
Theft report: Someone stole a laptop computer valued at $1,500 from an unlocked vehicle parked on Camino A Los Cerros. Jen. 6.
Theft report: An outdoor heater worth $1,200 is missing from the front of the Lobster Shack restaurant in the Country Shopper mall on Alpine Road. Dec. 22.
Residential burglary report: Someone broke into a house on Escobar Road through a smashed front window and stole jewelry and cash, a total loss estimated at $5,500. Dec. 18.
Fraud report: A resident of the 4000 block of Alpine Road reported an unauthorized cash advance of $4,800 charged to his credit card. Jan 2.
Residential burglary report: Gardeners alerted deputies from the Sheriff's Office to a broken rear window of a house on Moore Road. The house appeared to have been ransacked while the residents were away; dresser drawers and closets were found opened. A tabulation of losses is not expected until the residents return. Dec. 18.
Commercial burglary report: In an overnight incident, someone pried open the rear door of Beltramo's Wines and Spirits at 1540 El Camino Real, broke into a wine cabinet and stole $15,000 worth of fine wine. Jan. 12.
Residential burglary reports:
• Tools valued at $4,500 are missing from a residence on Fanita Way. Someone entered the house through an unlocked rear door and stole a rake, wet (tile) saw, radio, toolbox, mixer, grinder and polisher. Jan. 10.
• Two bicycles are missing from an unlocked garage on Oak Knoll Lane, a total loss of $1,500. Jan. 12.
• Someone pried open a rear door and stole an air compressor, chop saw, bucket, paint sprayer and paint brush from a house on Stanford Avenue. Jan. 04.
• An electric Razor scooter that had been locked with a bike lock under a carport on Coleman Place is missing. The loss is estimated at $250. Jan. 11.
• A package containing two men's ski shirts worth a total of $220 and another package containing a $100 pair of shoes were missing from the front porches of two homes on Bay Laurel Drive. The empty boxes were found further up the road. Jan. 3.
• A resident of Partridge Avenue sent a postal money order for $535 to an address in Florida in response to a phone call from someone claiming to be working for the "U.S. Treasury Department." The caller told the resident to send the money order to claim a lump sum of money that he'd won. Jan. 8.
• Using the personal identity information of a resident of Continental Drive, someone tried twice and failed twice to open credit accounts with two retail stores, but succeeded in getting a $300 payday loan. Jan. 4.