$38,400 in jewelry missing from Portola Valley home

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 until convicted.


Residential burglary report: Five pieces of jewelry with a value of about $38,400 are missing from a home on Buckeye. There were no signs of forced entry, Oct. 23.


Theft report: A resident of Sterling Avenue had removed his $4,800 watch and put it in the center console of his vehicle before going swimming at Burgess Park pool in Menlo Park. He later left the vehicle on the street in front of his home and discovered the watch missing while driving to work, though did not find evidence of forced entry into the vehicle, Oct. 16.


Residential burglary report: Someone pried open a side door and ransacked a home on La Mesa Drive, left with $22,370 in silverware and assorted jewelry and fled in an unknown direction, Oct. 18.


Residential burglary reports:

■ A resident of Meadow Road came home to find several pieces of jewelry missing from the master bedroom and her wallet removed from her purse, a loss estinated at $4,000 to $5,000. The house had been locked except for a window left open for ventilation, she told sheriff's deputies, Oct. 16.

■ An older iPod with a value of about $50 is missing from a Woodside Road residence in which rear door and an interior door had been forced open, Oct. 22.

Auto burglary report: A shawl and the purse underneath it, a combined value of $206, were discovered to be missing from the front seat of a locked vehicle parked on Old La Honda Road near Dennis Martin Creek. The vehicle's owner had gone for a hike, Oct. 18.


Residential burglary reports:

■ A resident of Arnold Way told police that she is missing a diamond engagement ring with a value of $15,000 to $20,000, Oct. 12.

■ Someone entered Markerly, a business on Independence Drive, and stole a $300 laptop computer, Oct. 18.

■ A resident of Terminal Avenue found a broken rear window and a ransacked bedroom but did not provide police with a list of stolen items, Oct. 22.

■ A washer and dryer are missing from a home under construction on Hobart Street, but police have not yet reported on the value of the appliances or the method of entering the home, Oct. 24.

■ A resident of Ringwood Avenue told police that a would-be burglar trying to gain entry through a bedroom window fled after the resident called 9-1-1. The suspect is male, about 5 feet 9 inches tall and wearing blue jeans and a gray hooded sweatshirt, Oct. 25.

Robbery report: A delivery man was robbed of an envelope containing cash and gift cards while sitting at a table in front of Donut Delite at Willow Road and Durham Street. He chased the robbery suspect into a vehicle and recovered the envelope but found that $500 was missing, Oct. 23.

Theft reports:

■ Someone stole an automatic-gate opener and a camera from an unlocked vehicle and a bicycle from an apartment shed from a residence on East O'Keefe Street for a total loss estimated at $1,680, Oct. 24.

■ A resident of San Antonio Street is missing two bicycles with a value of $620 that had been locked under an apartment building carport, Oct. 23.

■ Police arrested a San Francisco man at Alto Lane and Harvard Avenue on suspicion of having stolen mail from two residents, to whom the alleged stolen mail was returned, Oct. 19.

Fraud reports:

■ Someone opened an account in the name of a Lemon Street resident and made unauthorized purchases amounting to $2.50, Oct. 22.

■ A Woodland Avenue resident learned that someone attempted, unsuccessfully, to cash checks believed to be stolen while enroute within the U.S. Postal System, Oct. 21.

Stolen vehicle report: A white 1992 Chevrolet pickup truck from Constitution Drive and Chilco Street, Oct. 21.

Accident report: A bicyclist had a solo vehicle accident while riding along Gilbert Avenue and transporting a three-year-old child in a booster seat. The cyclist got her foot caught in the spokes of the front wheel, which caused the bike to tip over. A firefighter had to cut the spokes so she could remove her foot, but the cyclist and declined medical attention, but decided to seek it on her own. The child was not injured, Oct. 24.

Dave Boyce


Like this comment
Posted by Fred
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Oct 31, 2013 at 11:40 am

What's with all these portola valley people getting thousands of dollars in jewelry stolen and not mentioning it until months later?

Like this comment
Posted by gunste
a resident of Portola Valley: Ladera
on Oct 31, 2013 at 12:52 pm

The sheriff does little patrolling in this large area. In the end, property crimes are very low priority and little or nothing is done to solve them. - Years ago, I reported a theft. documented all the property taken with pictures. The taking of the report was prompt. The detective assigned to following up, who was provided with the name of the primary suspect, never contacted us and was never available when we tried to contact him. He was busy with major crimes.

I am reminded of a case where someone stole a piece of my son's car. SF police advised him that if he caught to thief to finish him, otherwise he might be sued to bodily harm. - Lesson: Do we have to protect our own property with firearms?

Like this comment
Posted by PV Resident
a resident of Portola Valley: Westridge
on Oct 31, 2013 at 7:56 pm

I agree with the posted comments. We were robbed early in the summer. One door was left unlocked for just an hour and the burglars entered through that door. I really believe that they "stumbled" upon many many years of accumulated jewelry and escaped uncaught. The police were called and a report filed. We never got a copy of that report despite multiple calls. Additionally, about a month after the event, the theft finally appeared in the Police Blotter. The report stated that $1,000 in jewelry was stolen. In fact, the value was close to $200,000. Why the number was so severely rounded down remains a mystery. It is unfortunate that the focus upon these home thefts remains such a low priority. I read about them week after week, but seems so little is being done to prevent the losses.

Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.


Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

Fu Lam Mum shutters temporarily in Mountain View
By Elena Kadvany | 5 comments | 1,925 views

What Are Your Gifts that Must Be Shared?
By Chandrama Anderson | 1 comment | 1,497 views


Readers' Choice ballot is here

It’s time to decide what local business is worthy of the title “Almanac Readers' Choice” — and you get to decide! Cast your ballot online. Voting ends May 29th. Stay tuned for the results in the July 19th issue of The Almanac.