Police calls: Thieves take bedding, bathroom items and a Dutch oven


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 burglaries:

■ Someone stole two bicycles from a garage on Fremont Street. The garage may have been open. Estimated loss: $5,000. June 5.

■ Thieves broke into a locked storage unit in the 1500 block of Willow Road and stole pots and pans, bedding, bathroom items, a grill, a Dutch oven, dinnerware, kitchen utensils and containers, and a pair of sandals. Estimated losses: $2,248. June 5.

■ A resident of Spruce Avenue told police that someone entered her house through her open garage and stole her purse from the kitchen table. In the purse were a credit card, a driver's license and $500 in cash. Estimated loss: $1,010. June 7.

Auto burglaries:

■ A motorcycle parked on Modoc Avenue was found stripped of major parts, including two motorcycle bags, two handle grips, four speakers, a radio deck, two amplifiers, a front fairing, headlight and seat. Estimated losses: $5,700. June 4.

■ Someone stole a purse from a vehicle parked with an open window on Gilbert Avenue. Inside the purse were an Apple iPad, a cellphone, credit cards and $400 in cash. Estimated losses: $1,700. June 6.

■ Two purses were stolen after someone broke into a vehicle parked on Sharon Park Drive. Estimated losses: $100. June 2.

■ A vehicle parked in the 100 block of Willow Road was found with a window smashed and the interior ransacked, but nothing missing. June 4.


■ Someone stole a purse from an unlocked vehicle parked in the 1600 block of Marsh Road. In the purse were credit cards, a checkbook and $1,840 in cash. Estimated losses: $2,017. June 4.

■ A locked bike was stolen from a bike rack in the vicinity of Laurel Street and Burgess Drive. No estimate on losses. June 2.

■ A man in the Safeway supermarket on Sharon Park Drive put several bottles of detergent and two packages of toilet paper into a shopping cart and left the store without paying for them. A store employee photographed the man's vehicle and license plate, and the store had surveillance footage. Police are investigating. Estimated loss: $332. June 1.

Hit-and-run accident: A bicyclist collided with a pedestrian running near East Creek Drive and Alma Street, then fled without providing identifying information. The runner had minor injuries for which she declined treatment by medics from the Menlo Park Fire Protection District. June 1.

Fraud: A resident of Woodland Avenue wired $1,178 to the Dominican Republic after receiving a phone call instructing him to send the money to get his son-in-law out of jail. The resident told police that he didn't think it unusual to receive a call of that nature. He later learned that his son-in-law had not been in jail. May 29.

— Dave Boyce

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