Police calls: Woodside, Portola Valley, Menlo Park


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.



Auto burglaries:

■ Someone broke the rear window of a locked vehicle parked in the 3000 block of Woodside Road and stole a backpack containing a camera and a flask. Estimated loss: $800. Aug. 30.

■ A thief shattered the front passenger window of a vehicle parked in the 3000 block of Woodside Road and stole a backpack containing a headset and clothing. Estimated loss: $475. Aug. 28.

■ Someone stole two credit cards from a wallet from a vehicle parked on Kings Mountain Road at Josselyn Lane after gaining access to the vehicle by an unknown method. The cards were later used in two purchases, one successful and one unsuccessful. Aug. 31.

■ Some reusable shopping bags and a flashlight were stolen from a locked vehicle parked on Lawler Ranch Road near Sand Hill Road. The thief smashed the rear window of the vehicle. Sept. 9.

Traffic accidents:

■ Medics from the Woodside Fire Protection District took a bicyclist to Stanford Hospital after he lost control of his bike when he ran over something, possibly loose gravel, near High and Woodside roads. Aug. 23.

■ A woman drove into a wooden fence on Albion Avenue after failing to negotiate a curve. She was taken to the hospital for minor injuries. Sept. 9.



Theft: A thief entered an unlocked Ford pickup truck parked in the 4100 block of Alpine Road and stole $2,000 in cash and a credit card, which was later used for two purchases in Santa Clara. Aug. 25.




■ A child's tricycle was stolen from the 700 block of Santa Cruz Avenue. Estimated loss: $100. Sept. 14.

■ Someone stole two industrial-grade paint sprayers that were sitting on the driveway of a home on Hamilton Avenue. Estimated loss: $1,050. Sept. 14.

■ A jacket, bike shorts, miscellaneous clothing, paperwork and a checkbook were stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked on Hoover Street. Estimated loss: $350. Sept. 17.

Commercial burglary: Someone stole two generators (later returned), a flat-screen TV and two small beverage refrigerators from a Palantir Technologies storage facility in the 1300 block of Willow Road. Estimated loss: $1,000. Sept. 18.

Auto burglary: A wallet, cellphone, sunglasses and parking permit were stolen from inside a locked vehicle parked on Noel Drive. It's not known how the thief entered the vehicle. Estimated loss: $650. Sept. 14.

Fraud: Someone dropped off a forged prescription at the CVS pharmacy on Sharon Park Drive. The person returned to the pharmacy to pick up the prescription, but left after the pharmacist began asking questions. Sept. 17.

Dave Boyce


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