Police calls: Security cam sees man with tote bag not his own


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.


Theft: An employee at Canada College left a tote bag on a chair near her workstation when she left the room on a break, but the bag was gone when she returned. A security camera in the room captured video of a man getting up and walking toward the chair, which is off camera, then walking back into view holding the bag. The bag was later found on a SamTrans bus, but a laptop computer and credit cards had been stolen from it. The credit cards were used at stores in Redwood City. March 17.

Stolen vehicle: Someone stole a vehicle in Burlingame that belonged to a resident of Canada Road. March 16.


Residential burglaries:

■ Someone stole an unlocked bike from an apartment complex carport on Coleman Avenue. Estimated loss: $700. March 24.

■ Police arrested two people on burglary and conspiracy charges after they allegedly worked together to steal a credit card from someone in the 1000 block of El Camino Real, then used it to buy three gift cards. No estimate on losses. March 24.

■ A resident of a house on Linfield Drive told police that someone broke the window of a glass door in the rear of the house, then entered the house and rummaged about. An initial examination showed nothing missing. March 23.

■ Someone threw a rock through a glass door of a house on Pope Street and triggered an alarm, to which police responded. The homeowner searched the house and found nothing missing. March 25.

Auto burglary: With no sign of a break-in, someone entered a vehicle parked in a carport on Coleman Place, stole a bag containing personal items, then dumped the bag and its contents in a nearby carport. No losses. March 23.


■ A thief stole a woman's purse from the trunk of an unlocked vehicle parked on Marsh Road. Inside the purse were eyeglasses, cash and personal effects. Estimated loss: $1,565. March 20.

■ A thief entered a house on Wallea Drive without breaking in, then left with jewelry from a box on a nightstand. Estimated loss: $1,325. March 25.n A bike was stolen from the front yard of a house in the 1500 block of Santa Cruz Avenue. Estimated loss: $500. March 23.

■ Someone stole a bike parked in front of Oak Knoll School on Oak Knoll Lane. Estimated loss: $435. March 24.

■ An unlocked bike was stolen from the 800 block of Newbridge Street. Estimated loss: $300. March 21.

■ A house on Monte Rosa Drive was robbed of a decorative bench in the front yard. Estimated loss: $200. March 24.

■ Someone stole a purse from an unlocked vehicle parked on San Mateo Drive. Estimated loss: $142. March 23.

■ The owner of a car parked on Fanita Way returned to find that his keys had been stolen from the ignition along with his vehicle registration. March 23.

— Dave Boyce

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