Police calls: Atherton, Woodside, Portola Valley, Menlo Park


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.


Theft: It's not clear how a thief gained access to the trunk of a vehicle at the Menlo Circus Club that had been parked by a valet. Stolen from the trunk was a $2,000 DJI Phantom 3 Pro aerial drone, a $500 satellite phone and three backpacks. Dec. 2.

Residential burglaries:

■ Someone forced open a locked gate of a construction site on Atherton Avenue, cut open a storage container and stole tools. Estimated loss: $25,000. Nov. 24.

■ Tools were stolen from a construction site on Linda Vista Avenue. Estimated loss: $8,000. Nov. 24.

■ Several locked containers were broken into and tools stolen at a construction site on Almendral Avenue. Nov. 25.

■ A burglar stole clothing, jewelry and possibly a checkbook, credit cards and an ATM card from a house on Santiago Avenue, sometime between Nov. 26 and Nov. 29.



Residential burglary: A burglar entered a house on Godetia Drive and stole an Apple iPhone 6, an Apple iPad Mini 3, an Apple TV device, a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 laptop computer, and a pair of men's shoes. Estimated loss: $2,135. Nov. 24.

Commercial burglary: Someone stole an Apple iPad Mini, a set of headphones and $200 in cash from a coach's office at Canada College. Estimated loss: $950. Nov. 23.

Fraud: Residents of a house on Eleanor Drive discovered three unauthorized transfers of money from their bank account into an unknown Capital One account. Estimated loss: $3,600. Nov. 12.



Residential burglary: Someone entered a house on Bolivar Lane through an unlocked door and ransacked "many of the rooms" in the house. No estimate on losses. Nov. 23.

Theft: Several laptop computers were stolen from Woodside Priory School on Portola Road. Estimated loss: $10,250. Nov. 19.



Theft: A wallet was stolen from a car parked on Monterey Avenue, possibly left with its doors unlocked. Estimated loss: $600. Nov. 18.

Stolen vehicle: A red Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle was stolen from the 2000 block of Santa Cruz Avenue. Nov. 11.




■ A resident of Pecora Way discovered someone tried to open seven financial accounts based on the resident's personal information. Five of the attempts were declined, but two accounts were opened. No losses. Nov. 22.

■ Residents of a house on La Mesa Drive told police that unauthorized charge cards for Nordstrom and Target stores had been opened in their names and that $600 had been charged to the Nordstrom card. No losses. Nov. 23.



Residential burglaries:

■ A thief entered a house on Ivy Drive through an unlocked bedroom window and stole a set of gold wedding rings and $1,300 in cash. Estimated loss: $2,800. Nov. 30.

■ Someone cut the lock on a fence protecting a construction site on Laurel Drive and stole a sprayer, two sanders and a level. Estimated loss: $2,000. Nov. 25.

■ A resident of Hillview Drive surprised burglars inside the resident's house, which they had entered by prying open a side door. They had ransacked the interior, but fled without taking property upon the resident's arrival. Dec. 1.

■ A gardener discovered an open door and a broken window at a house on Wallea Drive. The house had been burglarized, but the extent of losses, if any, is unknown. Dec. 1.

Auto burglary: Someone smashed a window on a vehicle parked on Forest Lane and stole a purse containing an e-book reader and a wallet. Estimated loss: $670. Nov. 26.


■ A man and woman allegedly entered the Goodwill store on Santa Cruz Avenue, walked out with the woman carrying "an armful of clothing" that had not been paid for, and fled in a dark-colored SUV. Estimated loss: $100. Nov. 27.

■ Someone stole a side-rear-view mirror from a vehicle parked on Sharon Park Drive. Estimated loss: $50. Dec. 1.

■ Mail was taken from a residential mailbox on San Mateo Drive. No estimate on losses. Dec. 1.

Hit-and-run with injury: Someone driving a 1998 Toyota Corolla with a passenger inside collided with two unoccupied vehicles parked on Haven Avenue, continued driving for about an eighth of a mile, then left the vehicle with an injured passenger inside. Medics took the passenger to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. Nov. 26.

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Posted by Margo
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Dec 8, 2015 at 1:17 pm

As I read about all the thefts of tools, computers, phones etc, it occurred to me that it's much harder to resell things which are highly marked up. Immediately I took a sharpie and marked the top of my ibook with my name and email address. It is so visible that no one who doesn't have my name could use it accept in private. It won't guarantee no one would take it, but it does reduce its resale value markedly (no pun intended.) I have seen students put non-removeable stickers on phones, graphing calculators, ipods and other highly stealable items. In fact, as a math teacher, if a student left a calculator in my room, I often knew whose it was from the stickers. Construction tools could be marked with the owner's name in paint. Again, no guarantees, but if I were a thief I'd prefer an unmarked tool to one with a name.

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Posted by Delia
a resident of Portola Valley: Westridge
on Dec 9, 2015 at 12:50 pm

Good point Margo, and nowadays our devices can be equipped with tracking, and our homes with cameras to monitor and report directly to us for any break ins or alarm set offs. Let's beef up our outdoor security systems and catch more of these Scrooges. I recently turned over video to police from my side yard surveillance camera of questionable activity near my neighbor's home.

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Posted by Piney
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Dec 13, 2015 at 11:21 am

>>>turned over video to police from my side yard surveillance camera of questionable activity near my neighbor's home

That's interesting.

In more ways than one.

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