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Police calls: Burglar smashes Porsche rear window; thief steals 25 spoons

 

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.

WOODSIDE

Auto burglaries:

■ Someone smashed a rear side window of a Porsche Cayenne parked in the parking lot of Roberts Market and stole a backpack and a laptop computer. Estimated losses: $2,000. July 27.

■ A purse was stolen from inside a vehicle parked at Wunderlich Park at 4040 Woodside Road. A rear side window had been smashed. Estimated losses: $1,300. July 21.

Hit-and-run: Deputies arrested a man on charges of misdemeanor hit-and-run after an employee at the Skywood Trading Post at Old La Honda Road and Skyline Boulevard reported damage to a gasoline pump. Someone known to the Trading Post employees, having been been told to leave because he had not paid a prior bill, allegedly backed his vehicle into a pump, damaging it. July 26.

LADERA

Auto burglary: A laptop computer was stolen from a vehicle parked near Bianchini's Market in the 3000 block of Alpine Road. The vehicle was found with a rear side window smashed. Estimated loss: $1,300. July 22.

ATHERTON

Theft: Someone stole a white Electra Cruiser bike from the driveway of a home on Belleau Avenue. Estimated loss: $100. July 18.

MENLO PARK

Residential burglaries:

■ With no signs of forced entry, someone stole 25 spoons, two tables, a Persian rug and a collapsible hose from a house on Sharon Oaks Drive. Estimated losses: $4,000. July 27.

■ Police have arrested and booked into county jail a Redwood City man on burglary charges. The man allegedly entered a hotel room in the 100 block of El Camino Real, tried to take items from the purse of the sleeping woman occupying the room, then fled when the woman woke up. No losses. July 30.

■ A would-be residential burglar of a Modoc Avenue house fled, leaving behind a screwdriver, after the house's sleeping occupant woke up and discovered the burglar trying to enter a house through an open window. No losses. July 20.

Auto burglary: Someone broke a window on a vehicle parked in the 2800 block of Sand Hill Road and stole a backpack, a gym bag, an iPad tablet computer, a laptop computer, a wallet with a credit card and $200 cash. Estimated loss: $4,900. July 27.

Thefts:

■ Someone stole a laptop computer from an unlocked vehicle parked on Emma Lane. Estimated loss: $1,000. July 27.

■ A water back-flow prevention device was stolen from the 100 block of Commonwealth Avenue. Estimated loss: $1,000. July 30.

■ A door to a locked storage room in a home on Oak Knoll Lane was found pried open, and several construction tools stolen from inside. Estimated loss: $1,000. July 27.

■ A thief stole a package containing a purse that had been left at the front door of a home on Heritage Place. Estimated loss: $333. July 27.

■ A woman walked out of the Big 5 Sporting Goods at 700 El Camino Real with two ball-in-a-cup toys she hadn't paid for. Estimated loss: $40. July 28.

■ Police arrested a Menlo Park man on shoplifting charges on suspicion that he had ordered a burrito from the El Rancho Supermarket on Willow Road and walked out of the market without paying for the burrito. Outside the market, the market manager pointed police to a man across the street eating a burrito as the suspect in the case. July 29.

Embezzlement: Police arrested an East Palo Alto woman employed at Jonathan's Fish & Chips on Willow Road on embezzlement charges after the restaurant's owner reported that the employee had allegedly been giving away food to "associates." Estimated loss: $2,080. July 31.

Fraud:

■ A resident of Santa Margarita Avenue told police that someone intercepted and revised the payee name and cashed a personal check of hers for $1,300 that had been intended to pay a bill. July 27.

■ A man calling himself Gregory Jacob phoned a resident of Laurel Street, telling her that she had failed to appear in court, owed a fine $219, and needed to pay it by purchasing pre-paid debit cards. The man told her to keep the receipt and take it to county offices for reimbursement. The woman followed instructions then learned that she had been scammed. July 30.

Dave Boyce

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