Police calls: Donor seeks refund, threatens Priory school employee


This information is based on reports from the Menlo Park and Atherton police departments and the 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.


Threat: Someone claiming to have given Woodside Priory School a donation made threats after failing to obtain a refund. The donor allegedly gave the school $3,000 in an online transaction, then asked for a refund on the grounds that she meant to give just $300, adding that her husband had recently died. The school employee became suspicious after noting the donor's poor grammar, differing credit card numbers and the absence of a contact phone number. After several emails, the donor threatened the employee's family. Feb. 20.

Residential burglary: Someone broke into a storage shed and a residence under construction on Sioux Way and stole construction tools and equipment. Estimated loss: $6,677. Feb. 15.



■ A resident of Eleanor Drive, in a Craigslist transaction, paid a lease on a rental house near Palm Beach, but the transaction was fraudulent. Estimated loss: $6,400. Feb. 12.

■ Someone stole a briefcase containing a laptop computer from an unlocked vehicle parked on Olive Hill Lane. Estimated loss: $1,800. Feb. 22.


Stolen vehicle: Someone stole an unlocked white 2012 Volkswagen Touareg SUV from the driveway of a home on Orchard Hills Avenue. A set of keys and a wallet are also missing from a second unlocked vehicle in the driveway. Feb. 20.


Residential burglaries:

■ Someone stole a bicycle parked in an unlocked storage room associated with a carport at an apartment complex on Crane Street. Estimated loss: $12,000. Feb. 20.

■ A thief entered an open garage on Sharon Road and stole a bicycle. Estimated loss: $1,580. Feb. 23.

■ In a breaking-and-entering incident, someone stole a video console and jewelry from a home on Laurel Street. No estimate on losses. Feb. 25.

Commercial burglary: Someone broke into the Oil Changers vehicle lubrication business at 944 Willow Road by kicking in the bottom of a roll-up bay door and stole $23 in coins from the till. No estimate on total losses. Feb. 26.

Auto burglaries:

■ A vehicle parked on Constitution Drive was found with a rear window smashed and a laptop computer, cord, USB drives, batteries and bag stolen. Estimated loss: $1,525. Feb. 24.

■ A thief broke into a vehicle parked on Fremont Place and stole a gym bag. In the bag were a video camera, a watch and a pair of shoes. Estimated loss: $930. Feb. 26.

■ Someone broke into a locked vehicle parked on Sharon Park Drive and stole a GPS unit. Estimated loss: $100. Feb. 26.

■ A vehicle parked on Oak Lane was found with a window pried open. Someone had broken in and stolen a laptop computer, an Apple iPod and $20 in cash. Estimated loss: $120. Feb. 24.

■ After smashing a window on a vehicle parked on Sharon Park Drive, someone stole a saxophone, school books and papers from inside. No estimate on losses. Feb. 22.


■ A woman told police that someone stole a wedding ring from inside her backpack while she was swimming in the Burgess Park pool. Estimated loss: $4,000. Feb. 26.

■ A woman told police that while she was at Cafe Borrone at 1010 El Camino Real, someone stole her wallet and bought something for $2,000 in Redwood City. Estimated total loss: $2,265. Feb. 20.

■ Someone stole a parking permit from the rear window of a vehicle parked on Oak Grove Avenue. Estimated loss: $600. Feb. 24.

■ A thief made off with a bicycle that had been locked and sitting in the courtyard of an apartment complex on Cherry Avenue. Estimated loss: $300. Feb. 24.

■ Someone stole a bicycle from the driveway of a home on Pierce Road and fled with it over a footbridge. Estimated loss: $110. Feb. 21.

■ The public library reported the theft of four comedy DVDs from its collection. Estimated loss: $100. Feb. 25.

■ A woman walked into the 7-Eleven convenience store at the corner of Oak Grove Avenue and Alma Street and stole a Red Bull energy drink and two Four Loko malt alcoholic beverages. Estimated loss: $7. Feb. 20.

■ A resident of Euclid Avenue told police that someone stole mail from her mailbox overnight. No estimated on losses. Feb. 25.


■ A resident told police that someone broke into her savings account and withdrew $13,000. Feb. 26.

■ A resident of Sharon Park Drive received a phone call from someone claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service who threatened a lawsuit over the resident's failure to pay taxes. The caller wanted personal information frm the resident, which the resident did not provide. No losses. Feb. 24.

■ A resident of Pierce Road discovered that someone had filed tax returns in the resident's name for 2012, 2013 and 2014. No estimate on losses. Feb. 20.

■ A resident of Madera Avenue learned that someone had used the resident's Social Security number and other personal information to file a tax return. Feb. 26.

— Dave Boyce

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