Police calls: Woodside residents call deputies after unknown man runs into woods


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.


Suspicious circumstances: A couple living on Family Farm Road reported arriving home and seeing an unfamiliar man walking nearby. When they stopped to inquire as to his name and purpose, the man ran into a wooded area. Deputies were unable to locate him. March 3.

Fraud: Residents of a home on Woodside Road discovered that a tax return had been falsely filed in their name using their Social Security numbers. March 6.

Solo accident: A man driving west on Highway 84 near Friars Lane left the road and ran into a dirt embankment that flipped his vehicle, leaving him with his "right hand pinned between the roof and the roadway" until released by first responders. March 3.


Residential burglary: A resident of 7th Avenue came home to find kitchen drawers open, the master bedroom ransacked, and a surveillance camera unplugged. The burglar stole loan documents, family passports and $2,500 in cash. March 5.

Burglary tool possession: Deputies arrested and booked into jail a Hayward woman in the 300 block of Middlefield Road on charges of possession of burglary tools specifically a "window punch" that she claimed was not hers, and of possession of metal knuckles, which she said she kept in her purse for her protection. She was on probation, which allowed officers to search her belongings. March 7.


Solo bike accident: Two people in a vehicle heading north on Willowbrook Drive witnessed a southbound cyclist veer toward the roadside, strike a raised curb, head off the road, then hit a "landscape timber" raised about 6 inches above ground, thereby damaging the bike's front wheel. The cyclist had moderate injuries to his face and abrasions on his legs, which medics treated before taking him to the hospital. March 3.


Residential burglary: Burglars entered a house on Stanford Avenue through an unlocked rear door and stole two computers, three watches and a safe containing "valuable documents and monetary bonds." Estimated loss: $11,950. March 16.

Auto burglaries:

■ Someone broke a window on a vehicle parked in the 500 block of El Camino Real and stole a jacket and a backpack with bike-riding clothing and accessories inside. Estimated loss: $756. March 19.

■ A vehicle parked in the 500 block of Willow road was found with a window smashed. No estimate on losses. March 17.


■ A thief took a purse from an unlocked vehicle parked on Oak Grove Avenue. Estimated loss: $1,150. March 19.

■ An unlocked vehicle parked on Eastridge Avenue was robbed of a wallet, a radio, a pair of shoes and other items. Estimated loss: $910. March 18.

■ Someone stole a backpack from a student at Oak Knoll School. Inside was a cellphone, $20 in cash and a school jacket. Estimated loss: $746. March 19.

■ A thief cut the lock from a bicycle located on the balcony of an apartment on Sharon Park Drive and stole the bike. Estimated loss: $600. March 17.

■ Someone stole the stereo faceplate from an unlocked vehicle parked in the 600 block of Willow Road. Estimated loss: $300. March 19.

■ Mail was stolen from an unlocked mailbox on Harvard Avenue. No estimate of losses. March 13.

■ A library patron left a USB drive in a public computer there and returned to find that it had been stolen. No estimate on losses. March 16.

Fraud: A resident of Santa Cruz Avenue responding to a pop-up advertisement, seemingly from Apple Computer, gave out personal information and paid $700 to get "lifetime protection from computer hackers." March 19.

Stolen vehicle: A green 2005 Subaru Impreza was taken from in front of a house on Pope Street. March 15.

— Dave Boyce

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