Police calls: Blank checks stolen from Menlo Park mailboxes

This information is from 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.


Forgery reports:

■ A woman from Berkeley Avenue and a man from Euclid Avenue told police that blank checks had been stolen from their mailboxes. The woman reported a check forged for $20,000 and the man reported a $19,000 forgery. May 6 and May 2.

■ In response to a phone call from someone claiming to be from the Miami Police Department, a man from Laurel Avenue wired $2,000 to post bail for his granddaughter, allegedly in a Miami jail. May 2.

■ A resident of Madera Avenue told police that someone stole his credit card and bought an airline ticket for $1,318. May 5.

Residential burglary report: Someone stole tools from two residences under construction. The estimated loss is $2,645 from a Wood Lane home, and an unstated loss from a San Mateo Drive home. May 9.

Theft reports:

■ A woman living in the 1900 block of Santa Cruz Avenue told police that someone stole pieces of jewelry with a value of $1,200. May 7.

■ A bag containing a laptop computer and a wallet, a total value of $1,020, was stolen from a locker at Facebook at Hacker Way. May 7.

■ Someone stole a locked metal box from a home in the 1300 block of Willow Road. The contents included $60 in cash, jewelry and prescription medication, a total loss of about $141. May 4.

■ A man had his hair cut at Golden Shears barbershop on Santa Cruz Avenue and walked out of the barbershop without paying. May 2.

Dave Boyce


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Posted by MP Resident
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on May 13, 2014 at 1:27 pm

In 2014, unlocked mailboxes are absurdly insanely stupid. Unfortunately, they're also the standard. If you don't live somewhere with a locking mailbox, a "secure" mailbox (or a PO Box) is a really good idea.

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Posted by pearl
a resident of another community
on May 13, 2014 at 3:20 pm

Yes, I agree with "MP Resident". I got a post office box at the USPS 40 years ago because someone was stealing mail out of the mailboxes in our neighborhood. Once you get a post office box at the USPS, your mail is safe and secure at the post office, so you don't have to worry about your mail being stolen, or identity theft, or fear of unwanted persons getting your residence address. Once you get a post office box, you can renew it online if you want. And, with a post office box address, you don't have to give out your resident address when writing to people, or to people in person. Plus, when you move from one residence to another, you don't have to worry about notifying people of your change of address, because your mailing address (your post office box address) remains the same. Or, if you move a distance away, just get a new post office box address at your nearest post office. What with all the mail fraud, identity theft, and mail being stolen these days, a post office box is your best bet. And, one final point: It’s cheaper and more convenient to have a post office box at the United States Post Office, as opposed to the neighborhood post office stores, where the cost of a post office box is two or three times the cost of a post office box at your local United States Post Office.

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