Police calls: Burglar ransacks house in Ladera


This information is based on reports from the Menlo Park Police Department 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.


Residential burglary: A burglar entered a home on La Mesa Drive through an unlocked rear bedroom window, ransacked the house and stole watches, bracelets, camera equipment, personal items and a small safe. Estimated loss: $20,000. Feb. 23.


Drunken driving and injury to children: A woman with three grandchildren in her vehicle was driving on Portola Road near Family Farm Road when she left the road, driving onto the shoulder and striking two street signs and some shrubberies. She returned the vehicle to the road, but left it again, this time striking shrubbery and trees and putting the vehicle into a roll. The vehicle came to rest on its wheels on the road shoulder. Deputies determined that the collision was the result of driving under the influence of alcohol. Medics took all four occupants to Stanford Hospital with injuries. Feb. 28.


■ A small wooden jewelry box was stolen from a residence on Stadler Drive while the resident was in the process of moving. Estimated loss: $2,600. Feb. 26.

■ The owner of a vehicle parked on Farm Road discovered a woman in the act of stealing things from the vehicle. When confronted by the owner, the woman dropped the items and fled in a vehicle driven by an accomplice. March 1.


Discharging firearm from vehicle: The occupants of a green Dodge or Chrysler minivan fired eight shots into the air as they passed the 800 block of Warrington Avenue. Deputies located eight .45 caliber shell casings. There were no injuries. Feb. 25.

Commercial burglary: Someone pried open the front door of Christina's Deli and Market at 2701 El Camino Real, but took nothing. No estimate on losses. Feb. 23.

Auto burglary: A vehicle parked on MacArthur Avenue was found damaged and with items stolen from inside. Estimated loss: $2,030. Feb. 27.


Residential burglary: A resident of Orange Avenue noticed a broken window in a door into his garage, then saw further indications that someone had tried to break in through the laundry room. The resident inspected the property with deputies and noticed that a bike had been stolen. Estimated loss: $750. Feb. 24.


Residential burglary: In an incident in the 100 block of Alma Street, someone opened an unlocked vehicle in a parking garage but took nothing, went upstairs to an unlocked third-floor laundry room and stole two jackets and a box of sewing items, then left those items on other floors of the building. They were recovered. March 4.

Commercial burglaries:

■ A man entered Draeger's Supermarket on University Drive with an empty wine box on the lower shelf of his shopping cart. He loaded the box with 12 bottles of wine, paid for several other inexpensive items, and left with the wine but without having paid for it. Estimated loss: $1,400. March 3.

■ Employees at Safeway supermarket at 525 El Camino Real saw a man they recognized from a previous attempt at theft putting items into a backpack that was sitting in a shopping cart. They contacted police. Meanwhile, the man noticed he was being followed, unloaded the backpack into the cart, and left with the empty backpack. No losses. March 2.


■ Someone stole an unlocked bicycle from the public library on Alma Street. Estimated loss: $250. March 4.

■ A locked bicycle was stolen from an exterior stairwell of an apartment building on Mills Street. Estimated loss: $250. Feb. 28.

■ A resident of Crane Street who had had her purse stolen told police that a man called her saying that he had her purse and wanted to return it. She did not meet with the man and let the police handle it. Estimated loss: $125. March 2.

Vandalism: Someone drove "recklessly" on the lawn at Nealon Park and damaged it. March 2.

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Posted by gunste
a resident of Portola Valley: Ladera
on Mar 12, 2015 at 1:23 pm

Unfortunately, while the sheriff responds promptly to reports of property crime, the follow up and potential solving of such crimes is a very low priority and gets virtually no attention. At least was my experience some years ago. The detective to whom this was assigned, with photos of items stolen and names of potential culprits never got in contact and was impossibleYUXR6 to reach.

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