Police calls: Owner of vehicle in hit-and-run incident claims it was stolen


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


False crime report: A man reported to the California Highway Patrol that his vehicle had been stolen, the same vehicle that was discovered in Palo Alto a short time later and that had been connected with a hit-and-run collision. Officers say the man had injuries consistent with having been in a vehicle accident, but say he "was persistent that his vehicle was stolen despite being told it is a crime to file a false police report." Feb. 8.


Residential burglary: Thieves pried open a storage container at a home-construction site on Polhemus Avenue and stole tools, including an Echo CS370 chainsaw, a Makita 1303 demolition hammer, a Wacker BS700 compactor/tamper, and a Hitachi nail gun. Estimated loss: $7,000. Feb. 5.

Grand theft: A black iron gate decorated with a tulip motif was stolen from the side of a garage on Selby Lane. Estimated loss: $3,000. Jan. 30.


Traffic accident: A bicyclist approaching the intersection of Portola Road and Westridge Drive collided with a gray Acura after concluding that the driver of the Acura had seen him. In the collision, the cyclist rolled on to the hood, hitting the windshield, then fell to the ground, got up and walked to the side of the road to wait for firefighters and medics to arrive. Jan. 31.


Residential burglaries:

■ A thief entered a home on Mountain Home Road by breaking a window frame, then stole cash from the area around the kitchen sink and a desktop computer from upstairs. Estimated loss: $2,180. Feb. 6.

■ An unlocked front door led to a burglar entering a home on Roberta Road, ransacking the home and stealing some tools from a toolbox, about $60 in cash and a checkbook to a Wells Fargo account, which was subsequently closed. Feb. 10.

Assault with deadly weapon: A man traveling on Interstate 280 "accidentally drifted" in front of a white pickup truck, cutting the pickup off. A chase ensued, leaving the freeway at Woodside Road and continuing on to Eleanor Drive in Woodside, where the pickup driver blocked the man in a driveway. The pickup driver then rammed the man's vehicle on the driver's side while the man was in the driver's seat. The man escaped the scene and called the Sheriff's Office. Feb. 5.

Traffic accidents:

■ A man driving on the Campus Circle road at Canada College at about 4:30 p.m. took his eyes off the road to attend to papers blowing around on the front seat and struck three guardrail fence posts, damaging his vehicle but not without injury to himself. Jan. 29.

■ A driver rear-ended another driver at a stop sign on Canada Road at about 8:40 p.m. Jan. 27.

■ The driver of a vehicle traveling on Woodside Road east of Interstate 280 crossed a solid white line and struck a bicyclist, injuring the cyclist. Medics took the cyclist to Stanford Hospital. Feb. 3.


Residential burglaries:

■ A resident of Mills Court told police that she's had several pieces of jewelry stolen from her home over time. Police are investigating. Feb. 3.

■ Someone broke into a locked garage on Walnut Street and then into the locked residence through a kitchen window and stole jewelry. Feb. 5.

Auto burglaries:

■ A thief broke into a vehicle parked on Middle Road and stole a purse containing a wallet, driver's license, credit cards, $100 in cash, a smart phone, ear buds and sunglasses. Estimated loss: $4,840. Feb. 4.

■ It's not clear how someone entered a car parked on Lassen Drive, but the car's in-dash stereo system was stolen. Estimated loss: $50. Feb. 2.


■ Someone stole three Apple computer monitors from a building in the 2800 block of Sand Hill Road. Video surveillance cameras captured images of someone unidentified inside the building. Estimated loss: $3,000. Feb. 2.

■ A thief took a backpack containing a laptop computer from a Starbucks coffee shop. Estimated loss: $1,700. Feb. 2.

■ Someone residing or working in the 1300 block of Willow Road reported the theft of a smart phone from her desk. Estimated loss: $200. Feb. 4.

■ A resident of the 900 block of Woodland Avenue told police that someone has been stealing the Sunday newspaper from the front porch. Feb. 2.

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Posted by details
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Feb 16, 2015 at 11:00 am

More details on the hit-and-run, please. Who or what did he hit? Was the victim injured?

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Posted by Member
a resident of Portola Valley: Westridge
on Feb 17, 2015 at 2:39 pm

Bicyclists, please be aware of the fact that when a motorist comes to an intersection and checks for traffic, they are looking to see if other cars are coming. Human brain research shows that since they are looking for CARS, it is very easy for them to NOT see oncoming bicyclists, UNLESS it is one with a forward facing flashing white light. I continue to be amazed at the number of bicyclists I see riding at dusk with no lights, front facing or rear facing.

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