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Menlo Park police calls: Shoppers lift 24 bottles of wine, baby formula

 

This information is based on reports from the Menlo Park Police Department and San Mateo County Sheriff's Office. Under the law, people charged with offenses are considered innocent unless convicted. Police received the reports on the dates shown.

MENLO PARK

Commercial burglaries:

■ Two people walked into the Safeway supermarket on Sharon Park Drive, put 24 bottles of wine in a basket, covered them with packs of paper towels and walked out with the wine, but without having paid for it. Estimated loss: $5,000. Jan. 6.

■ Three women entered the Safeway supermarket on Sharon Park Drive, put 24 bottles of baby formula into a duffel bag and left without without having paid for them. Estimated loss: $594. Jan. 8.

Residential burglaries:

■ Someone cut the lock on a gate at a residential construction site on Holly Avenue and stole re-bar cutters, two drills, laser levels and plate compactors. Estimated loss: $700. Jan. 7.

■ An unlocked front window let someone enter a house on Partridge Avenue and steal three rings and $10 in cash. Estimated loss: $200. Jan. 8.

Auto burglaries:

■ Someone entered an unlocked vehicle on Burgess Drive and stole a pair of sunglasses, five compact discs, a charging cord and $20 in cash. Estimated loss: $245. Jan. 7.

■ An unlocked vehicle parked on Roble Avenue showed evidence of having been entered unlawfully, but the owner found nothing missing. Jan. 8.

Thefts:

■ Two pairs of ski boots were stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked on Chester Street. Estimated loss: $1,000. Jan. 8.

■ At Mike's Camera at 715 Santa Cruz Avenue, someone stole a camera lens from the store. Estimated loss: $599. Jan. 8.

■ A man entered Mike's Camera, picked up a camera and left the store with it without having paid for it. Estimated loss: $499. Jan. 8.

■ Someone stole a parking sticker from a vehicle parked on Curtis Street. Estimated loss: $592. Jan. 7.

■ Someone stole a package containing children's toys and an Apple TV from the front porch of a home on Creek Drive. Estimated loss: $300. Jan. 8.

■ A woman working at JobTrain on O'Brien Drive left her purse unattended at her desk and came back to find that someone had stolen her wallet. Estimated loss: $186. Jan. 7.

■ A canvas bag and a GPS unit were stolen from a vehicle parked on Sharon Park Drive. Estimated loss: $101. Jan. 8.

■ Someone stole items from the glove compartment of a vehicle parked on Morey Drive, but the owner did not provide a list of the items to police. Jan. 7.

■ A pair of sunglasses was stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked on Kenwood Drive. No estimate of loss. Jan. 7.

■ A spare ignition key was stolen from the glove box of an unlocked vehicle parked on University Drive. Estimated loss: $5. Jan. 7.

■ Someone entered an unlocked vehicle parked on Kenwood Drive and rummaged through the glove compartment but did not take anything because the vehicle had nothing of value in it, the owner said. Jan. 8.

Fraud: Two men approached a third man and asked him to cash a $4,400 check, made out to the third man, in a bank on Santa Cruz Avenue. In exchange, the two men promised the man some of the money. The bank cashed the check and "cash exchanged hands," police said. The bank later declared the check to be fraudulent. Jan. 7.

WOODSIDE

Theft: A resident of Normandy Lane, while reporting the theft of a credit card to a deputy dispatched to the home, added that a necklace had been stolen from the master bathroom drawer. Estimated loss: $3,000. Jan. 2.

Drunken driving: In a solo-vehicle accident, a driver taking a left turn while traveling north on Mountain Home Road near Winding Way applied the brakes too abruptly, lost control of the vehicle, crossed into the southbound lane and drove up an embankment. Jan. 4.

Dave Boyce

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