Police calls: Arsonist sets roadside couch on fire


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.



Arson: Someone used a hand-held flare to ignite an abandoned couch sitting on the side of Campus Drive near West Entry Drive on the campus of Canada Community College. Sept. 19.



Traffic accident: A vehicle descending the 800 block of Westridge Drive flipped over after the driver veered off the road and over-corrected in an attempt to get back into the traffic lane. The vehicle had minor damage. Sept. 20.



Theft: Someone stole two packages from the front porch of a home on Shearer Drive. Estimated loss: $5. Sept. 15.



Residential burglaries:

■ In a case of breaking-and-entering, someone forcibly entered a home on Siskiyou Drive and stole jewelry, two pairs of sunglasses, a pellet gun and a purse. Estimated loss: $12,316. Sept. 21.

■ A bicycle was stolen from an underground garage of an apartment complex on University Drive. Estimated loss: $50. Sept. 23.

■ The lock was cut at the front gate into a construction site on Oak Knoll Lane. No losses. Sept. 21.

■ Someone cut a screen door and manipulated the lock of the back door into a house on Terminal Avenue. Inside, some drawers had been rummaged through, but nothing was stolen. Sept. 22.

Auto burglary: It's not known how the thief got into a vehicle parked on Hoover Street, but someone did and stole an Apple iPod, a jump rope, weights, workout shoes, clothing, a pair of glasses and $10 in cash. Estimated loss: $484. Sept. 21.


■ A package containing "a picture" was stolen from the front porch of a home on Cambridge Avenue. Estimated loss: $875. Sept. 23.

■ Someone stole a wallet from an unlocked vehicle parked in the 700 block of Willow Road. Estimated loss: $314. Sept. 21.

■ A locked bicycle was stolen from a bike rack at the intersection of Alma Street and Oak Grove Avenue. Estimated loss: $200. Sept. 22.

■ A thief made off with a package containing a sweater from the front doorstep of a home on Bay Laurel Drive. Estimated loss: $40. Sept. 20.

Dave Boyce

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6 people like this
Posted by Anna
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Sep 29, 2015 at 12:29 pm

The story of the couch set on fire really worried me, the last thing we need here is a fire set at the hands of some careless person. Safety suggestion for all: Carry a small fire extinguisher in your vehicle, and keep one at home.

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Posted by woodside resident
a resident of Woodside: Woodside Glens
on Sep 29, 2015 at 1:02 pm

Not only is lighting a couch on fire inane, it approaches attempted murder given the fire danger to the surrounding homes. If this moron managed to start a brush fire that threatened surrounding homes you can bet the Woodside community and their ample resources would crowd source a reward to find the culprit, ruin them financially with civil law suits, and push hard to have them put in jail for a long, long time.

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Posted by Keerer
a resident of Woodside: other
on Sep 29, 2015 at 1:08 pm

Let's install some cameras around the Canada campus, the setting of the couch ablaze could have caught the whole area on fire! Remember, it wasn't too long ago that a woman's body was found down the hill on the Canada campus, RIP Ms. Bilitnikof. Safety first, preventative measures needed!

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