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Police calls: Road rage in Woodside

 

This information is based on reports from the Menlo Park Police Department and 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

Road rage: Bystanders reported seeing a man on a motorcycle breaking the side-view mirror of a vehicle parked at Roberts Market while the vehicle's owner was inside the market. The vehicle owner told deputies that he and the motorcyclist had been involved in a road-rage incident. Aug. 2.

Auto burglary: A briefcase containing business documents was stolen from a vehicle parked in the 3000 block of Highway 84 and found with a rear passenger side window smashed. Estimated loss: $600. July 31.

Thefts: An unlocked bicycle was stolen after the owner left it outside the Woodside Bakery in Town Center for about 40 minutes. The cyclist found his helmet and head scarf in the vicinity. On the bike was GPS unit and a pouch containing an old driver's license and the cyclist's house key. No estimate on losses. Aug. 1.

MENLO PARK

Residential burglaries:

■ After breaking in the front door of a house on Sharon Road, someone stole a jewelry box containing rings, pendants, chains, earrings, bracelets and gold coins. Estimated loss: $45,850. Aug. 6

■ An unlocked bike was stolen from an open garage on Creek Drive. Estimated loss: $4,590. Aug. 9.

■ After moving to a home on Sharon Oaks Drive, the resident reported the theft of a china chest, drinking glasses, silver spoons, a Persian rug and a water hose. Estimated loss: $4,000. July 27.

■ Someone stole a bicycle from an open garage on Oak Court. Estimated loss: $400. Aug. 5.

Auto burglaries:

■ Leaving no indications of how the vehicle was entered, someone stole a safe from inside a vehicle parked at the end of Marsh Road. Estimated loss: $1,100. Aug. 9.

■ A pair of skis, a ham radio, sunglasses and a flashlight were stolen from a locked vehicle parked in a carport at Fremont Place, leaving no indications of how the vehicle was entered. Estimated loss: $750. Aug. 10.

■ An embroidered wine bag was stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked on Crane Street. Estimated loss: $15. Aug. 10.

Theft:

■ Someone smashed the rear window of a vehicle parked on Sand Hill Road near Interstate 280 and stole a suitcase containing clothing, an Apple iPad, a wine carrier, a cigarette lighter and prescription glasses. Estimated loss: $9,400. Aug. 10.

■ A laptop computer and $200 in cash were stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked on Trinity Drive. Estimated loss: $1,400. Aug. 6.

■ Someone stole a complete set of tires and rims and a kite from a carport on Roble Avenue. Estimated loss: $1,225. Aug. 9.

■ A motorized bike was stolen from a bike rack at the recreation center on Alma Street. Estimated loss: $1,000. Aug. 6.

■ Someone stole a Facebook bicycle from the Facebook campus on Constitution Drive. Estimated loss: $800. Aug. 10.

■ Camping equipment was stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked on San Mateo Drive. Estimated loss: $400. Aug. 10.

■ A man told police that a woman he didn't know took $300 from his money clip when he handed it to her, then fled "in an unknown direction." Aug. 8.

■ An unlocked bike was stolen from a carport on Fremont Place. Estimated loss: $150. Aug. 11.

■ A police officer confiscated an allegedly stolen Google bike from someone riding past the police station. Aug. 4.

■ A sweater was stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked in a driveway on Cornell Road. Estimated loss: $50. Aug. 10.

■ Someone stole a water bottle, sunscreen, a garage door opened and $10 from an unlocked vehicle parked on Chester Street. Estimated loss: $43. Aug. 12.

■ Cleaning products were stolen from a carport on San Antonio Street. Estimated loss: $30. Aug. 7.

Stolen vehicle: A gray 2011 Toyota Venza from a driveway on May Brown Avenue. Aug. 10.

Towed vehicle: Police ordered a beige 1998 Infiniti I30 towed from O'Connor Street on the grounds that the vehicle owner had 53 unpaid parking tickets, a total $4,443. Aug. 13.

Dave Boyce

Comments

9 people like this
Posted by leilei
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 18, 2015 at 12:23 pm

"A man told police that a woman he didn't know took $300 from his money clip when he handed it to her, then fled "in an unknown direction." Aug. 8."

What am I missing here?


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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 18, 2015 at 12:26 pm

Menlo Voter is a registered user.

leilei:

think about it. It will come to you.


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Posted by Mark Toshland
a resident of Woodside: Mountain Home Road
on Aug 18, 2015 at 9:00 pm

Regarding the road rage story in Woodside: While I don't for a minute condone the breaking of a mirror on someone's car, I have to ask that people try not to get into arguments on the road. What can be more frustrating than having a lead car traveling too slowly for miles and miles, letting nobody pass him or her? This is maddening. Please people: If you notice you're not keeping up with the car in front of you, or you feel like taking it easy and driving more slowly than everyone else - fine! Just please = pull over and let everyone pass you! It only takes a few seconds, and believe me, everyone behind you will appreciate you so much!


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Posted by Dirk
a resident of Atherton: other
on Aug 18, 2015 at 10:55 pm

@Mark, what if the lead car is going at or above the speed limit themselves? At what point does someone yield their shared right to the road while also passively condoning speeding? I often debate this case-by-case but typically settle on 'tough cookies' for the followers.


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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 19, 2015 at 6:50 am

Menlo Voter is a registered user.

Dirk:

if you have five or more cars backed up behind you whether you're doing the speed limit or not you are supposed to pull over and allow them to pass.

CVC 21656. On a two-lane highway where passing is unsafe because of
traffic in the opposite direction or other conditions, a slow-moving
vehicle, including a passenger vehicle, behind which five or more
vehicles are formed in line, shall turn off the roadway at the
nearest place designated as a turnout by signs erected by the
authority having jurisdiction over the highway, or wherever
sufficient area for a safe turnout exists, in order to permit the
vehicles following it to proceed. As used in this section A
SLOW-MOVING VEHICLE IS ONE WHICH IS PROCEEDING AT A RATE OF SPEED
LESS THAN THE NORMAL FLOW OF TRAFFIC at the particular time and
place.


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Posted by fwiw
a resident of Woodside: other
on Aug 19, 2015 at 9:32 am

Also, if you're on I-5 driving 70 in the left lane, with traffic ripping by you to the right 10-20 mph faster, thinking that you are entitled to the left lane because you are driving the limit, you are violating the law:

21654. (a) Notwithstanding the prima facie speed limits, any vehicle proceeding upon a highway at a speed less than the normal speed of traffic moving in the same direction at such time shall be driven in the right-hand lane for traffic or as close as practicable to the right-hand edge or curb, except when overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction or when preparing for a left turn at an intersection or into a private road or driveway.

(b) If a vehicle is being driven at a speed less than the normal speed of traffic moving in the same direction at such time, and is not being driven in the right-hand lane for traffic or as close as practicable to the right-hand edge or curb, it shall constitute prima facie evidence that the driver is operating the vehicle in violation of subdivision (a) of this section.


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