Police calls: Residential, auto burglaries in Menlo Park


This information is based on reports from the Menlo Park Police Department. Under the law, people charged with offenses are considered innocent unless convicted. Police received the reports on the dates shown.


Residential burglary: Someone stole a bicycle from a locked underground parking garage on Hoover Street. Estimated loss: $300. Jan. 10.

Auto burglaries:

■ A vehicle parked in the 800 block of Santa Cruz Avenue was found with a window smashed and a laptop computer stolen from inside the vehicle. Estimated loss: $3,000. Jan. 11.

■ A woman's purse, wallet, credit cards and a laptop computer were stolen from a vehicle with a smashed rear window and parked at Bedwell Bayfront Park. Estimated loss: $2,520. Jan. 8.

■ Someone smashed a window on a vehicle parked in the 600 block of Santa Cruz Avenue and stole a laptop computer and a computer case. Estimated loss: $1,000. Jan. 11.

■ A vehicle parked in the 500 block of University Drive was found with a smashed window but nothing taken from inside. Jan. 9.


■ Three watches, two cameras and a cellphone were stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked on Kent Place. Estimated loss: $2,600. Jan. 11.

■ Someone stole an envelope full of money from a house on Oak Lane. There were no signs of forced entry into the house. Estimated loss: $1,000. Jan. 11.

■ A thief stole an unlocked bicycle from the balcony of a second-story apartment on Sharon Park Drive. Estimated loss: $900. Jan. 11.

■ A wallet containing credit cards and $400 in cash was stolen from a purse belonging to a resident of Hamilton Avenue. Estimated loss: $500. Jan. 8.

■ A woman discovered money missing from her wallet after she left it in a restroom at Peet's Coffee & Tea in the 500 block of El Camino Real. When she returned to the cafe, the woman found that her wallet had been turned in but was missing $239 in cash. Jan. 9.

■ A resident of the 1100 block of Woodland Avenue told police that a package had been stolen from the front porch. Estimated loss: $237. Jan. 10.

■ Someone stole a package containing a Dutch oven from the front porch of a home on Roble Avenue. Estimated loss: $100. Jan. 11.

■ Six gift cards and a key were stolen from the center console of an unlocked vehicle parked on Kent Place. Estimated loss: $80. Jan. 11.

■ Police cited a Menlo Park woman on suspicion of having taken a notebook and a receipt book from the CVS Pharmacy on El Camino Real without having paid for them. Staff encountered the woman outside the store and the items were returned. Jan. 10.

■ Someone ransacked an unlocked vehicle parked on Waverley Street, but took nothing. Jan. 11.

■ Police cited an East Palo Alto woman on suspicion of having tried to steal music CDs from the public library by hiding them in her backpack. The library recovered the CDs. Jan. 10.

Trespassing: Staff at the Safeway supermarket at 525 El Camino Real called police after a man thought to be a transient did not leave the store when asked. Police determined that the man had medical issues, including difficulty breathing, and had medics take him to a hospital. Jan. 9.

Stolen vehicle: Someone stole a red 2008 Ford pickup truck from in front of a home on Roble Avenue. The resident discovered the truck back on the street the next morning, but with "moderate front end damage." Jan. 10.

Accident reports:

■ A bicyclist and a gray 2002 BMW 330 collided on Middlefield Road near Linfield Drive. Both vehicles were headed south and the cyclist merged in front of the BMW, which led to the collision, police said. The cyclist had abrasions on his knees and elbows but refused medical attention. Jan. 11.

■ After a rear-end collision at El Camino Real and Roble Avenue, medics took two passengers, one from each vehicle, to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. Jan. 10.

— Dave Boyce

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