Around 3 p.m. on a quiet, sunny Monday afternoon, a 41-year-old Menlo Park woman noticed something peculiar in her backyard: Two teenage boys testing whether a sliding glass door, or possibly a bedroom window, might let them enter her house uninvited.
The pair left the Windermere Avenue property after discovering the answer was, "No." According to the crime log, police greeted the 16-year-olds a short distance away and escorted them to Hillcrest Juvenile Hall for attempted burglary and possession of marijuana.
Other burglars were equally unsuccessful, even the ones that did manage to get into the building. The owner of a maintenance shop in the 1300 block of Willow Road told police around 8:30 a.m. that someone had been in the shop without permission during the weekend, but didn't take anything or force entry.
Late Monday, at 11:30 p.m., a resident reported that someone had broken into their home via a garage door in the 1200 block of Henderson Avenue, ransacked two bedrooms -- and left without stealing anything.