Police calls in Menlo Park: Burglaries, thefts and a stolen GTO


This information is based on reports from 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.


■ A resident of Creek Drive came home to a burglary in progress. A computer and two cellphones that had been in a bedroom were sitting in the front yard. The suspected burglar fled in a northerly direction. Feb. 17.

Residential burglary reports:

■ Perhaps taking advantage of an open garage door, someone entered a home on Hidden Oaks Drive and stole a camera and lens, a chainsaw and a backpack containing a checkbook, credit cards, keys, medication, and a passport. Estimated loss: $6,550. Feb. 17.

■ Someone stole a locked bicycle located in the carport of an apartment complex on Elizabeth Lane. Estimated loss: $1,100. Feb. 19.

■ A resident of Creek Drive came home to a burglary in progress. A computer and two cellphones that had been in a bedroom were sitting in the front yard. The suspected burglar fled in a northerly direction. Feb. 17.

■ A Henderson Avenue home was found with interior doors kicked in and the house ransacked. An exterior door had not been locked. It's not clear if anything was taken. Feb. 6.

■ Aside from the damage of two smashed windows, nothing appears to have been taken in the attempted burglary of a home on Hill Avenue. Feb. 6.

■ Someone entered a home on Berkeley Avenue through the front door by means unknown and rummaged through some papers. Feb. 7.

Commercial burglary reports:

■ A thief made off with some speakers from an events center at the Allied Arts Guild on Arbor Road. Estimated loss: $2,100. Feb. 9.

Auto burglaries:

■ Thieves smashed windows on two vehicles on Hamilton Avenue, stealing a laptop computer (estimated loss: $1,075) from one vehicle, and a black purse with a diver's license and credit cards from the other. Feb. 8.

■ Credit cards were stolen from a purse inside an unlocked vehicle parked in the vicinity of Laurel Street and Burgess Drive. The thief did not take the driver's wallet or $200 in cash. Feb. 19.


■ A thief stole two pairs of sunglasses, two jackets, a tablet computer, a phone charger and cologne from an unlocked vehicle parked on Oak Grove Avenue. Estimated loss: $1,098. Feb. 17.

■ A gray-haired white man in his 40s standing about 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighing about 300 pounds walked into LensCrafters at 700 El Camino Real and stole five pairs of sunglasses. Estimated loss: $1,050. Feb. 6.

■ Someone stole an unlocked and unattended bicycle from a bike rack on Alma Street. Estimated loss: $770. Feb. 12.

■ An employee of a business in the 1200 block of O'Brien Drive had his cellphone, driver's license and $160 in cash stolen from his unattended desk. Estimated loss: $760. Feb. 12.

■ A locked bike was stolen from a parking lot at Menlo Avenue and Doyle Street. Estimated loss: $760. Feb. 18.

■ Someone stole an unlocked bike from a backyard on Whitney Drive. Estimated loss: $400. Feb. 12.

■ A bike was stolen from under a carport on Hoover Street. Estimated loss: $300. Feb. 10.

■ Two bikes were stolen from the common area of an apartment complex on Middle Avenue. Estimated loss: $300. Feb. 19.

■ Someone broke into a vehicle parked on Fremont Street and stole a tote bag and it contents. Estimated loss: $150. Feb. 12.

■ Two people entered the Safeway supermarket at 525 El Camino Real, filled up a recyclable grocery bag with goods, and headed toward to the exit. When the cart neared the exit doors, the wheels locked and the store manager approached requesting a receipt. The pair fled. Feb. 8.

Stolen vehicle: Someone stole a black 2006 Pontiac GTO from the driveway of a home on Almanor Avenue. Feb. 9.

— Dave Boyce

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