Police calls: Pillowcase-toting bandit sighted in Ladera?


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 neighbor reported seeing someone holding a pillowcase run from a home on S. Castanya Way, then leave the scene in a black car. A gardener discovered a broken window on a rear door into the home. Deputies searched the area and the home, but found nothing that would lead to naming a suspect. May 23.


Thefts: Three residents in the 300 block of Vine Street reported three cases of theft from parked vehicles. All three incidents were discovered in the morning, with vehicle doors open or ajar. Losses included $25 in cash and various cards, $10 in loose change, and $35 in cash. May 18.


Traffic accident: A bicyclist heading south in the 100 block of Portola Road collided with a vehicle making a turn, ejecting the cyclist from his bike and landing him on the vehicle's windshield, which was then damaged. The cyclist suffered a laceration to his chin and lower lip, but refused to be taken to the hospital for treatment. May 19.


Residential burglaries:

■ Jewelry, an Apple iPhone, a computer and $1,000 in coins were stolen from a residence in the 3800 block of Alameda de las Pulgas. The burglar entered via an unlocked sliding door on the side of the house. Estimated loss: $15,900. May 26.

■ A slightly open bedroom window allowed a burglar to break into a house on Laurel Avenue and steal a laptop computer, a bike computer, jewelry, three cameras, lenses, a mini table computer, Bose speakers and $1,000 in cash. Estimated loss: $9,051. May 29.

■ Someone stole a locked bicycle from the carport of an apartment complex on Linfield Drive. Estimated loss: $1,199. May 30.

■ A resident of a home on Chester Street scared off a would-be burglar who used a stick to break a window on a back door. No loss reported. May 27.

■ A locked bike was stolen from the carport of an apartment complex on Roble Avenue. Estimated loss: $300. May 30.

Auto burglaries: Thieves smashed windows of vehicles parked in the 100 and 700 blocks of El Camino Real, the 1600 block of Marsh Road, and the 3500 block of Haven Avenue. The stolen items were a GPS device and three purses, all of which contained cash and various personal cards. In one incident, nothing was taken. Estimated losses: $940. May 22, 23, 28 and 31.


■ Thieves hit a home on Grayson Court and stole a ring, a necklace and a bracelet. Estimated loss: $1,400. May 29.

■ A woman left her purse on the back of a chair at Cafe Borrone and discovered that her wallet had been stolen. Estimated loss: $1,086. May 27.

■ The owner of Park Ave Salon and Spa chose not to press charges after a customer tried to pay for a purchase using a fraudulent gift certificate. May 26.

■ A woman left her purse on a bench at Alain Pinel Realtors on El Camino Real and returned to find that someone had stolen $10 in cash, her cellphone cover, a pack of cigarettes and her debit card. Estimated loss: $27. May 26

■ A woman left Menlo Gift Bazaar on Santa Cruz Avenue with an orange T-shirt that she hadn't paid for. Estimated loss: $25. May 22.

■ Someone stole a clean-air sticker from the bumper of a vehicle parked on Bohannon Drive. Estimated loss: $8. May 27.

Stolen vehicle: A 1992 blue Honda Accord from the 800 block of El Camino Real. May 26.

Traffic accident: A 78-year-old man drove his vehicle onto a soccer field at Willow Road and Coleman Avenue and collided with two fences, causing the vehicle to spin before coming to a rest. Medics took him to a hospital for injuries that were non-life-threatening. May 25.


■ A business owner in the 700 block of El Camino Real paid $500 in response to a phone call from someone who, claiming to be a PG&E employee, threatened to shut off gas service to the business unless payment was made. May 27.

■ Using purchased debit cards, a resident of Stanford Avenue transferred $7,000 to a caller claiming to be an Internal Revenue Service agent who had threatened to have her arrested by the Menlo Park police. May 27.

Dave Boyce

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Posted by Yvonne Stent
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Jun 2, 2015 at 3:04 pm

This pillow case story reminds me of the 'silver burglars' in Hillsborough in the 1970's and 1980's. When I lived there, we had a rash of burglaries whereby the burglars would break into houses all over town, and then take pillow cases from our linen closets and fill them full of silver from our dining rooms. This was a time when many of us were just beginning to use alarm systems on our homes. When the 'silver burglars' were apprehended, they turned out to be mainly drug addicts hoping to turn our silver pieces into ready cash to use to purchase PCP (Angel Dust) and other illegal drugs.

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