Police calls: Fire hydrant sheared off by hit-and-run driver in Woodside


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


Hit-and run accident: Someone drove a vehicle into a fire hydrant located in the 600 block of Woodside Drive and sheared it off at its base. The resulting column of water soaked an area near a home. The driver did not notify the water service provider, which is a violation of the state's vehicle code, deputies said. Jan. 9.

Auto burglary: A man wearing brown cowboy boots decorated with red, white and blue bandanas is alleged to have stolen an Apple iPhone from a van with a partially open window that was parked near Roberts Hardware & Tack at the corner of Woodside and Canada roads. The suspect reportedly left the scene in a blue Volvo sedan and was described as white, 18 to 22 years old, 6 feet tall and weighing about 150 pounds. Two other white men were in the car. Estimated loss: $300. Jan. 12.

Forgery and mail theft: A resident of Woodside Way told deputies that he was missing a monthly check, and that he'd learned that the check had been cashed early in December, but not by him. Estimated loss: $1,100. Jan. 8.


Residential burglaries:

■ A resident of Robin Way told police that he saw three men enter a neighboring backyard and emerge with "property," after which they got into a white Honda Accord and drove away. Police later stopped a car matching that description on Willow Road, positively identified the suspects from the earlier incident and arrested them on charges of burglary and conspiracy to commit a crime. Arrested and booked into San Mateo County jail were Licett Castaneda, 38, of Redwood City; Florentino PalomoZavala, 38, of Redwood City; Samer Hernandez Ochoa, 40, of Mountain View; and Christopher Alcazar, 19, of Redwood City. Jan. 21.

■ Someone entered a home on Market Place through an unlocked door and stole a purse. Estimated loss: $360. Jan. 24.

Commercial burglaries:

■ Would-be thieves damaged the front door to Jan's Deli on Alma Street and broke in, but apparently took nothing. Jan. 21.

■ Someone broke the frame to the locked front door of Cafe Zoe on Menalto Avenue, entered the deli, and stole $14 in cash and a $10 cash tray from the register. Jan. 24.

Auto burglaries:

■ A skateboard, a pair of work boots, a kite and a sub-woofer speaker were stolen from a locked vehicle parked in the 2100 block of Santa Cruz Avenue. Estimated loss: $2,000. Jan. 21.

■ Someone smashed a window on a truck parked near Carlton Avenue and Newbridge Street and stole tools, including paint brushes, wrenches, a tamper and a drill. Estimated loss: $1,005. Jan. 23.


■ A locked gate at a construction site on Commonwealth Avenue was found with the lock cut and tools stolen from two storage sheds that had been broken into. Estimated loss: $15,000. Jan. 23.

■ Police said they arrested Son Dang, 35, on charges of grand theft for allegedly stealing four ink cartridges from a storage room at Facebook headquarters on Hacker Way. The cartridges were recovered. Jan. 22.

■ Someone stole a bicycle locked to a bike rack at the public library on Alma Street. Estimated loss: $560. Jan. 20.

■ At an apartment complex in the 1600 block of El Camino Real, someone stole a bicycle from the garage area. Estimated loss: $400. Jan. 21.

■ An Apple iPad was stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked on Regal Court. Estimated loss: $300.

■ Two pairs of shoes and two scales were stolen from the carport area of a residence on Sharon Park Drive. Estimated loss: $170. Jan. 18.

Fraud: The executor of an estate on Hollyburne Avenue told police that, in 2009, someone without authorization withdrew money from the bank account of a deceased relative. Jan. 19.

Dave Boyce

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