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Police calls: Battery stolen from electric car in garage

 

This information is based on reports from the Menlo Park and Atherton police departments 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.

ATHERTON

Residential burglaries:

■ Someone entered a detached garage on Walnut Avenue and stole a car battery from a Nissan Leaf, an electric car. No estimate on losses. Oct. 14.

■ Someone burglarized a house on McCormick Lane and stole a Mercedes GLK 350 automobile. Oct. 23 - 25.

Thefts:

■ A pair of Ray Ban sunglasses, a cellphone charger cord, and some small change were stolen from a vehicle parked on Maple Avenue. Estimated loss: $256. Oct. 15.

■ A student at Menlo-Atherton High School at 555 Middlefield Road left her cellphone on her desk during a fire/earthquake drill and came back to find it missing. Estimated loss: $600. Oct. 15.

■ Someone stole a cellphone from the passenger seat of a vehicle parked on Lane Place. Estimated loss: $600. Oct. 15.

■ A green Dawes single-speed bike was stolen from a bike rack at Menlo-Atherton High School at 555 Middlefield Road. Estimated loss: $300. Oct. 23.

MENLO PARK

Residential burglaries:

■ A thief pried open a back door to a home on Robin Way and stole a laptop computer, an Apple iPad and jewelry, including earrings, watches, rings and necklaces. Estimated loss: $24,150. Oct. 22.

■ Someone stole a locked bicycle from a carport at an apartment complex on Mills Street. Estimated loss: $400. Oct. 24.

■ A resident of Sharon Park Drive found the latch broken on a storage locker in an underground carport, but nothing missing from the locker. Oct. 23.

Commercial burglary: A 3-D printer was stolen from ForSight Vision on Jefferson Drive. Estimated loss: $5,000. Oct. 26.

Robbery: In connection with a robbery of the Walgreens pharmacy on Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park police arrested Justin Courtland Parfet, 25, of Arcata, on suspicion of robbery and being under the influence of a controlled substance, and Andre Morales, 23, of Redwood City on suspicion of being under the influence. Mr. Parfet allegedly stole four electronic razors and a tooth-care set from the store and "used physical force" to leave with the stolen merchandise. The pair were observed by witnesses and later stopped by police, arrested and booked into jail. Oct. 31.

Thefts:

■ A customer of Ducky's Car Wash at 1436 El Camino Real told police that someone stole her pearl necklace while her vehicle was being detailed. An investigation is in progress. No estimate on losses. Oct. 29.

■ Someone stole $495 in cash from a safe at Le Boulanger bakery on Santa Cruz Avenue. An investigation is underway. Oct. 30.

■ A resident of Pierce Road told police that a package containing two wallets was stolen from the house's porch. Estimated loss: $162. Oct. 26.

Arson: Someone set fire to Halloween decorations on the front lawn of a home on San Mateo Drive. Estimated loss: $4. Oct. 30.

Fraud:

■ A resident of the 2100 block of Santa Cruz Avenue transferred $5,000 to a bank account as a security deposit and first month's rent for a house she saw advertised on Craigslist.com, but later found the house not to be for rent. An investigation is underway. Oct. 30.

■ A man tried to cash a check for $1,475 at Bank of America on Santa Cruz Avenue, but fled out the back door as a teller was checking on the validity of the check. No losses. Oct. 29.

Stolen vehicles:

■ A green 1996 Jeep Cherokee from the 1100 block of Willow Road. Oct. 27.

■ A black 2010 Mercury Milan from the 700 block of El Camino Real. Oct. 19.

WOODSIDE

Residential burglaries:

■ Someone broke through a glass door into a rear bedroom of a house on Portola Road, damaged the window of another rear door and rummaged through cabinets, jewelry boxes and closets. No estimate on losses. Oct. 23.

■ A man hired to clean a house on Raymundo Drive reported that he found the home with a broken rear window and the interior ransacked. The residents said that nothing was missing. Oct. 23.

■ Someone rummaged through the master bedroom and bathroom of a house on Lindenbrook Road that had been left with a door open and unlocked. No reported losses. Oct. 19.

Traffic accidents:

■ A person in a vehicle backing out of a parking space in front of the Woodside Bakery "hit the gas pedal" instead of the brake, drove back into the parking space just exited, and struck a planter box and a pedestrian on the left foot. The pedestrian refused medical attention. Oct. 4.

■ A cyclist fell and injured his shoulder after rear-ending a vehicle parked on the shoulder of Whiskey Hill Road. Medics took the cyclist to the hospital. Oct. 18.

■ A woman sideswiped a tree while driving on Jefferson Avenue and reaching for something inside her vehicle, taking her eyes off the road. Oct. 15.

Vandalism: Someone removed covers from water meters and may have pushed sand bags down a creek bank, possibly breaking a valve handle. Oct. 5.

Fraud:

■ Someone claiming to be a "Mexican official" called a resident of Summer Hill Lane wanting to know how much she would pay to ransom her son. The resident said she could hear a child crying in the background, and that when she said she didn't know anyone in Mexico, "heard a gunshot" and the line went dead. Her son was in school and fine, she said. Oct. 7.

■ A Rocky Way resident discovered a bank account depleted of $15,000 through the illegal use of an ATM card number. Oct. 26.

Dave Boyce

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