Police calls: Keys borrowed from hiding place under gas-cap door


This information is based on reports from the Menlo Park Police Department and the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office. Under the law, people charged with offenses are considered innocent unless convicted. Police received the reports on the dates shown.


Residential burglary: A burglar smashed a glass sliding door in the rear of a home on Golden Oak Drive and ransacked the master bedroom and a second bedroom used as an office. Stolen items include a collectible book, digital camera and semi-automatic pistol. Estimated losses: $13,124. May 26.

Theft: A man locked his vehicle and, before going on a run, apparently left his keys under the small door that covers his vehicle's gas cap. When he returned, he discovered that his phone and his wallet had been taken from inside his vehicle, with no evidence of forced entry. May 26.

Fraud: A resident of N. Castanaya Way received a check in the mail for $2,100 from the Internal Revenue Service even though she and her husband had requested an extension and had not yet filed their return. The couple later received a letter from the IRS about the possibility of identity fraud. May 28.


Auto burglary: Someone smashed a window on a blue Mercedes Benz SUV parked at Menlo School at 50 Valparaiso Ave. and stole a purse containing credit cards, a gift card, a wallet, sunglasses valued at $300 and a pen valued at $450. Estimated losses: $3,410. May 31.

Theft: A locked bike was stolen from the campus of Menlo-Atherton High School. Estimated loss: $140. May 29.


Fraud: A resident of Sharon Road told deputies that someone had used her husband's identity to rent an apartment in Irvine and that the tenant owed $9,000 in unpaid rent. An investigation is underway. June 11.


Residential burglaries:

■ A burglar entered a home in the 2000 block of Santa Cruz Avenue through an open window and stole jewelry, credit cards, papers and $100 in cash. Estimated losses: $2,800. June 8.

■ Someone forced open a garage door of a home on Warner Range Road, walked through the vacant house and opened two closet doors, but apparently took nothing. June 11.


■ Three cellphones and $3,500 in cash were stolen from a bedroom dresser in a home on Henderson Avenue. Estimated losses: $5,300. June 10.

■ Someone stole a bike locked to a bike rack in the 700 block of Santa Cruz Avenue. Estimated loss: $850. June 11.

■ A resident of Crane Street told police that her diamond wedding ring is missing, possibly lost. No estimate on losses. June 9.

■ An unlocked bicycle was stolen from an unsecured area in the backyard of a home on O'Connor Street. Estimated loss: $250. June 8.

■ Someone stole a tire from one bicycle and damaged another, both of which were locked to a bike rack in the carport of an apartment complex on Crane Street. June 10.

■ A bike was stolen from the side yard of a home on Terminal Avenue. Estimated loss: $150. June 6.

■ Someone stole two boxes containing computer charging cords from the front porch of a home on Sunset Lane. Estimated loss: $50. June 5.

n A woman who left her wallet in a laundry basket at a laundromat returned a short time later to find it gone. No estimate on losses. June 11.

Stolen vehicle: A black 2006 Nissan Altima 4D from Lorelei Lane. June 8.


Auto burglary: Someone broke the rear window of a vehicle parked at the Park-and-Ride parking lot at Woodside Road and Interstate 280 and stole a duffle bag containing gym clothes and a wallet. Estimated losses: $1,260. May 25.

Traffic accident: A motorcyclist headed west on Highway 84 west of the intersection with Portola Road attempted to pass two slower vehicles and collided with the left front of the lead vehicle as it was turning left. Medics took the motorcyclist to Stanford Hospital with injuries. The motorcycle was towed. June 6.

— Dave Boyce

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