Burglars heist $140K in property in West Menlo, Ladera


Burglars got away with jewelry, electronics and other items valued at $140,000 in two recent home burglaries in West Menlo Park and Ladera, the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office reported.

Someone entered a home on Sterling Avenue in West Menlo Park and took jewelry, two laptop computers and an Apple iPad for an estimated loss of $40,000, according to an April 10 report. There were no signs of forced entry. Deputies say they have no leads, evidence or witnesses.

The next day, a resident of La Mesa Drive in Ladera reported the loss of jewelry, electronics and several other items with a total estimated value of $100,000. Entry was through an unlocked sliding glass door into the master bedroom. Deputies said they have no suspects.

What is community worth to you?
Support local journalism.


2 people like this
Posted by Cris
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Apr 24, 2015 at 12:53 pm

Police need to set up stings. Find out when someone's going on vacation and let the newspapers build up in the driveway and let the lawn go unmown and then either stake out the home live or set up video cameras to get people and license plate images. Didn't these homes have burglar alarms?

2 people like this
Posted by Marie
a resident of Portola Valley: Ladera
on Apr 24, 2015 at 1:08 pm

A few weeks ago, I had a parcel stolen from my front porch in upper Ladera. Now, I hear of another theft, this time a thief actually entering the home. This is scary and so I urge all neighbors to be on the lookout for unusual activity around our homes. It is better to call the police and be wrong than to hesitate and let a crime happen.

3 people like this
Posted by nneighbor
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Apr 25, 2015 at 6:56 am

this is why the cameras at all the exits of PV ( Portola Rd, Alpine Rd, & Astradero ) might help with identifying the robbers cars

Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.

Stay informed

Get daily headlines sent straight to your inbox.

Couple brings Chinese zongzi to Mountain View
By Elena Kadvany | 2 comments | 6,198 views

Don't Miss Your Exit (and other lessons from an EV drive)
By Sherry Listgarten | 12 comments | 1,951 views

Goodbye Food Waste!
By Laura Stec | 5 comments | 1,744 views

"Better" Dads and "Re-invigorated" Moms: Happier Couples
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 1,283 views

Bobby in Naziland: A Tale of Flatbush
By Stuart Soffer | 2 comments | 578 views


Register today!

On Friday, October 11, join us at the Palo Alto Baylands for a 5K walk, 5K run, 10K run or half marathon! All proceeds benefit local nonprofits serving children and families.

Learn More