Police calls: Closet alarm may have scared off Felton Drive burglar


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.


Residential burglary: An initial examination showed nothing missing from a house on Felton Drive. A window was broken on a back door. Someone apparently entered, went into several rooms and set off an alarm upon entering a bedroom closet. March 22.

Commercial burglary: A woman entered a store on Santa Cruz Avenue, unpacked a pair of skates, put the skates in a tote bag she was carrying, then left the store without paying for the skates. Estimated loss: $61. March 31.

Auto burglaries:

■ Someone broke a side window on a vehicle parked in the 2800 block of Sand Hill Road and stole bartending equipment. Estimated loss: $2,000. March 29.

■ A burglar broke into a vehicle parked in the 700 block of El Camino Real and stole a brown bag containing Bible-related books. Estimated loss: $300. April 2.


■ A resident of the 1300 block of Willow Road sold a purse to someone in Glendale over the Internet, but the buyer claimed that the package received was empty. Estimated loss: $3,999. April 2.

■ Someone stole a purse from the backseat of a unlocked vehicle parked on Marsh Road. Inside were a cellphone, $140 in cash and credit cards. Estimated loss: $790. March 26.

■ Two bikes were stolen from a locked storage room at an apartment complex on Waverley Street. Estimated loss: $778. March 27.

■ A man and a woman entered the Safeway supermarket on Sharon Park Drive and walked out with shopping cart containing 12 bottles of red wine that they did not pay for. They fled, but it's not known in which direction. Estimated loss: $745. March 26.

■ A locked bicycle was stolen from a carport on Coleman Avenue. Estimated loss: $500. March 28.

■ Someone stole a locked bicycle from in front of an apartment on Partridge Avenue. Estimated loss: $270. March 26.

■ The Madera Avenue owner of a bicycle that had been stolen from his front yard later located his bike, took it back and signed a citizens arrest warrant that led to the arrest of the alleged thief. No losses. March 31.

■ A "transient looking" man entered the Big 5 Sporting Goods store on El Camino Real wearing one pair of shoes and left wearing another pair but without having paid for them. The old shoes were found in the box from the new shoes. When confronted outside by the store manager, the man "fled on foot with the property." March 28.

Falling tree branch: A 40-foot branch of an oak tree fell on a Lexus SUV traveling east in the 1600 block of Valparaiso Avenue. The man and woman inside received scratches on their arms and legs from the broken glass, while the vehicle appeared to be a total loss. March 28.

Dave Boyce

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Posted by THE iron man
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Apr 11, 2015 at 1:15 pm


A burglar broke into a vehicle parked in the 700 block of El Camino Real and stole a brown bag containing Bible-related books.

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