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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.

WEST MENLO PARK

Thefts:

■ Two rings were stolen from the center console of a vehicle parked in the 2000 block of Sand Hill Road. Damage has been done to the plastic trim around a latch on the rear hatch. Estimated loss: $2,500. Sept. 24.

■ Someone entered an unlocked a vehicle parked on Alpine Road and Piers Lane and stole personal property. Estimated loss: $2,053. Sept. 21.

WOODSIDE

Auto burglary: Someone broke the left rear passenger window of a locked vehicle parked at Lawler Ranch and Sand Hill roads and stole a computer case containing a computer and a wallet. No estimate on losses. Sept. 29.

Thefts:

■ Two bicycles left unlocked and unattended in front of Buck's restaurant were stolen by someone reported to have driven away in a red Jeep Cherokee. Estimated loss: $6,000. Sept. 26.

■ A stranger from Redwood City was found to be in possession of mail belonging to a resident of Kings Mountain Road. Sept. 25.

Traffic accident: A person driving west on an uphill portion of state Highway 84 was taken to Stanford Hospital with major injuries after the vehicle left the road and struck a large tree. Sept. 26.

PORTOLA VALLEY

Traffic accident: A woman driving north on Portola Road may have fallen asleep at the wheel before crashing into a power pole and suffering a laceration to her upper lip. She was taken to Stanford Hospital with a complaint of head pain. Sept. 23.

MENLO PARK

Residential burglaries:

■ A thief entered a house on Terminal Avenue and stole $1,100 in cash. Oct. 9.

■ Someone entered an unlocked garage on O'Connor Street and stole a reciprocating saw, two electrical cords and a pair of landscaping shears. Estimated loss: $150. Sept. 29.

Auto burglaries:

■ A car stereo and battery were stolen from a locked vehicle parked in the 900 block of Willow Road. It's unclear how the thief got into the vehicle. Estimated loss: $400. Oct. 6.

■ A vehicle parked in the 1200 block of El Camino Real was found with a rear window smashed and a suitcase containing clothing and a GPS device stolen. Estimated loss: $325. Oct. 6.

Thefts:

■ A bicycle was stolen from under a stairwell of an apartment on Laurel Street. Estimated loss: $3,000. Sept. 30.

■ Locked bikes were stolen from two bike racks at apartment complexes one on Sharon Park Drive and another on Sharon Road. Estimated losses: $1,400 and $800. Oct. 7.

■ Several watches were reported stolen from a home on Rose Avenue. Oct. 9.

■ A man left his cellphone on the counter at Tri-E-Z Foods & Liquor in the 1800 block of El Camino Real, but it was gone when he came back to retrieve it. Estimated loss: $600. Oct. 2.

■ A thief stole a woman's purse from an unlocked office inside an office building on Menlo Avenue. Estimated loss: $374. Sept. 28.

■ Someone stole a laptop computer from an unlocked vehicle parked near Menlo Avenue and Curtis Street. Estimated loss: $300. Sept. 25.

■ A package was stolen from the porch of a home on Hollyburne Avenue. Estimated loss: $220. Oct. 7.

■ A glass terrarium was stolen from in front of an apartment on Noel Drive. Estimated loss: $70. Sept. 30.

■ Someone stole an unattended stroller from the vicinity of the corner of Monte Rosa and Sharon Park drives. Estimated loss: $50. Sept. 30.

Fraud:

■ A woman cashed what employees at the Wells Fargo bank of Santa Cruz Avenue discovered the next day to be a bad check for $1,630. Sept. 28.

■ A woman entered the Wells Fargo bank on Santa Cruz Avenue and tried, unsuccessfully, to cash a fraudulent check. Sept. 25.

■ A man unwittingly handed over a counterfeit $50 bill when trying to pay for services at the Chevron gas station on Willow Road. The clerk saw the bill for what it was. Police were called and an investigation is underway. Sept. 29.

Throwing substance at vehicle: Police arrested a Menlo Park man on suspicion of having thrown a bath towel from the side of the road that hit a passing motorcyclist in the face. There were no injuries, and the rider narrowly avoided crashing. Oct. 2.

Dave Boyce

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