Police Calls: A $9,000 pair of earrings is missing in Portola Valley


This information is based on reports from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office and 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: A pair of earrings is reported missing from a drawer in a Brookside Drive house. Deputies found no signs of forced entry and the rest of the house showed no signs of disturbance. Estimated loss: $9,000. April 29.


Suspicious circumstances: Someone removed 19 rented folding chairs from the backyard of a home on Ashton Avenue and returned them about three days later. May 3.


Traffic accidents:

■ A vehicle heading west in the 3500 block of Woodside Road entered a sweeping curve at too high a speed, left the road, contacted a guardrail, ran head on into a utility pole, spun around and came to a rest. The driver was not injured. The pole was severed at the base, but supporting cables kept it upright. May 5.

■ Deputies arrested a San Francisco driver on drunken driving charges. The driver was towing a trailer through a private parking lot in the 2900 block of Woodside Road when she collided with a wooden fence protecting a dumpster, damaging the fence and the vehicle. April 30.


Theft: Three packages were stolen from the front steps of a home on La Mesa Drive. Estimated loss: $150. April 30.


Residential burglary: Someone stole two bikes from an open garage at a home on Bay Laurel Drive. Estimated loss: $4,500. May 7.

Auto burglaries:

■ A thief smashed a window on a vehicle parked in the 900 block of Willow Road and stole a purse containing two wallets, identification, three rings, a bracelet and $1,020 in cash. Estimated loss: $7,426. May 2.

■ A vehicle parked in the 1300 block of Willow Road was found with a window smashed and a briefcase stolen. Estimated loss: $200. May 7.

■ Someone entered an unlocked vehicle parked in the 100 block of Alma Street and stole $40 from the center console. May 5.

■ A truck parked in the 1500 block of El Camino Real was found with a window smashed. There were no signs that anyone entered the vehicle. May 7.

■ It's unclear how a thief entered a vehicle parked on Oak Knoll Lane and stole a purse, credit cards and $4. May 7.


■ Someone stole an unlocked, unattended bike in the area of Menlo Avenue and Evelyn Street. Estimated loss: $700. May 2.

■ Someone stole a parking permit decal from the rear window of a vehicle parked on Crane Street. Estimated loss: $592. May 6.

■ A thief cut the lock on a bike parked near the public library and stole it. Estimated loss: $400. May 2.

■ An unattended cellphone was stolen from the front desk of the Burgess Recreation Center on Alma Street. Estimated loss: $225. May 5.

■ A bike was stolen from a bike rack in the 1000 block of El Camino Real. Estimated loss: $150. May 7.

■ A thief entered an unlocked vehicle parked on Waverley Street and stole a pair of men's sunglasses. Estimated loss: $135. May 6.

■ Someone entered an unlocked vehicle parked on Waverley Street and stole a cellphone. Estimated loss: $52. May 6.

■ A thief stole a purse from a shopping cart in a Willow Road grocery. Estimated loss: $52. May 4.

■ A Facebook employee saw a Facebook campus bicycle, possibly stolen, being ridden on Ralmar Avenue in East Palo Alto. May 6.

■ A witness reported seeing a woman steal several bottles of shampoo from a CVS pharmacy in the 700 block of El Camino Real. She reportedly fled in a gray vehicle. May 5.

Stolen vehicle: A black trailer from the 3500 block of Haven Avenue. Estimated loss: $6,000. May 6.

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Posted by Marie
a resident of Portola Valley: Ladera
on May 12, 2015 at 7:21 pm

It seems that La Mesa Drive in Ladera is being targeted by package thieves and mail box thieves. A while back I reported a package theft from my porch and the police said they would do drive-bys. Apparently the police presence hasn't been enough to deter the thieves.
I appeal to Portola Valley residents to be on the look out for suspicious behavior.

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Posted by June Curran
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on May 14, 2015 at 7:14 am

My former housekeeper worked for me for three years and then decided to rob me, using her boyfriend to help steel my car, artwork, silver, etc. She was caught and sentenced, serving one year in jail. When she got out, she walked my neighborhood going door to door looking for jobs. Some nerve! When my neighbor questioned this woman, asking her how she dared come back here, the answer was, "I've done my time and learned my lesson". Can you imagine? Nobody hired her, to my knowledge.

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Posted by June Curran
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on May 14, 2015 at 7:16 am

Please excuse my misspelling the word 'steal'. I'm sorry.

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Posted by pogo
a resident of Woodside: other
on May 14, 2015 at 8:34 am

pogo is a registered user.

June -

The only thing worse than her brazen betrayal of your trust is her audacity to think others would forget.

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