News

Rash of vehicle-related burglaries, thefts 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.

MENLO PARK

Auto burglaries:

■ Three laptop computers, two tablet computers and a Wi-Fi hotspot device were stolen from a vehicle parked in the 600 block of Oak Grove Avenue. The burglar smashed a window to get in. Estimated loss: $6,550. Jan. 20.

■ A burglar broke into a a vehicle parked in the 1800 block of El Camino Real and stole two backpacks, a briefcase, a table computer, a cellphone, headphones and a calculator. Estimated loss: $4,775. Jan. 22.

■ Someone smashed a window on a vehicle parked in the 600 block of Santa Cruz Avenue and stole two laptop computers and a tablet computer. Estimated loss: $2,800. Jan. 20.

■ A burglar smashed a window on a vehicle parked in the 1400 block of Willow Road and stole a backpack containing a cellphone and a tablet computer, keyboard and computer case. Estimated loss: $1,850. Jan. 19.

■ A laptop computer and accessories were stolen from a vehicle found with a smashed rear window and parked at Crane Street and Ryans Lane. Estimated loss: $1,650. Jan. 20.

■ Someone smashed a window of a vehicle parked on the 600 block of Oak Grove Avenue and stole a laptop computer, bag and passport. Estimated loss: $1,270. Jan. 20.

■ A burglar smashed a window of a vehicle parked on Crane Street and stole a laptop computer and a sweatshirt. Estimated loss: $1,250. Jan. 21.

■ A digital music player and two coats were stolen from a vehicle parked on Roble Avenue. No signs of forced entry. Estimated loss: $400. Jan. 19.

■ Someone smashed a window on a vehicle parked in the 800 block of El Camino Real and stole a briefcase containing a computer and a checkbook. No estimate on losses. Jan. 22.

■ Nothing was missing from a vehicle found with a smashed window at Oak Grove Avenue and Maloney Lane. Jan. 20.

Residential burglary: Someone stole a nail gun and two drills from a residential construction site on Politzer Drive. Estimated loss: $2,200. Jan. 15.

Commercial burglary: Someone stole seven laptop computers from a normally locked cart of computers at Belle Haven School on Ivy Drive. No evidence of forced entry at the cart. No estimate on losses. Jan. 22.

Thefts:

■ A mountain bike, running shoes and tennis rackets were stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked in the 2200 block of Sharon Drive. Estimated loss: $1,200. Jan. 17.

■ Someone stole an unlocked bike from a carport on Waverley Street. Estimated loss: $600. Jan. 14.

■ A thief got away with a GPS device from an unlocked vehicle parked on San Antonio Street. Estimated loss: $600. Jan. 19.

■ A tablet computer and a cellphone charger were stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked on Sherwood Way. Estimated loss: $450. Jan. 19.

■ A woman left the Safeway supermarket on Sharon Park Drive with a basketful of baby formula she hadn't paid for. Estimated loss: $435. Jan. 16.

■ Someone stole two bicycles from a carport on Arbor Road. Estimated loss: $400. Jan. 14.

■ A briefcase containing pieces of tile was stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked on Valparaiso Avenue. Estimated loss: $200. Jan. 17.

■ A thief got away with loose change and lottery tickets from an unlocked vehicle parked on Oak Court. Estimated loss: $40. Jan. 14.

■ A man entered the Mi Terra Linda market on Willow Road and left with cold beer he did not pay for. Estimated loss: $12. Jan. 17.

Stolen vehicle: A red 2015 Chevrolet Camaro parked in a carport on Pierce Road. Jan. 18.

Dave Boyce

Comments

4 people like this
Posted by Concerned
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Jan 26, 2016 at 4:18 pm

This is a LOT of break-ins! Hey, Menlo Police, what are you doing about this?


1 person likes this
Posted by To locals
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jan 26, 2016 at 5:23 pm

It only takes 1-2 minutes to steal a laptop from a car. Patrols would help, but honestly, they can't do much.

*NEVER* keep your laptop and valuables in your car! If you must, store it in a locked trunk with a valet key.

Signs around town reminding people not to leave laptops/valuables in your car would help more. Public parks have started doing that. Tell/email your friends, relatives, colleagues, and visitors...

Cars are just too easy to break into.


7 people like this
Posted by wirelessbluedog
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on Jan 26, 2016 at 5:34 pm

This is all a result of Prop 47 which made auto burglary a misdemeanor. Now all the low level offenders let out of jail can make a living doing smash and grabs, and even if they are caught, its only a citation. Thus, our police don't really put any time into stopping/solving the problem.


Like this comment
Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jan 26, 2016 at 5:38 pm

Menlo Voter. is a registered user.

People shouldn't leave valuables in their cars. It's common sense. It's like not putting valuables in your checked luggage when you fly. It's a no brainer. Frankly, I don't have a lot of empathy for people that set themselves up to be so easily ripped off.


Like this comment
Posted by Downtowner
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jan 26, 2016 at 6:46 pm

Crimes against property merit little attention from police. After a home invasion in MP 30 years ago, an officer came to take a report but refused to even take fingerprints, despite clear evidence of the means of entry. Since then, for 2 separate car break-ins, I've had to go to Police HQ to file a report as officers would not come to my location.

Auto burglary & home break-ins (by jimmying a window) shouldn't be ignored & yes, we do have to hide valuables.


2 people like this
Posted by common sense
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jan 27, 2016 at 12:36 pm

If we, as a society, look the other way and make excuses for theft of any kind, we will be doomed to more horrific crime. None of this should be excused because a car had valuables inside it. It is time to have a no tolerance policy for these crimes and the police should have an officer assigned solely to the downtown area to discourage these actions. One only has to read Malcolm Gladwell's Tipping Point to see how NYC took back their streets by having a no tolerance policy for the smallest of crimes.


5 people like this
Posted by really?
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jan 27, 2016 at 1:37 pm

' NYC took back their streets by having a no tolerance policy for the smallest of crimes.'

And they now kill people for selling single cigarettes. Changing the punishment has little effect on the motivation to act as a criminal or not. Nobody ever thought that if the death penalty was abolished, they'd more likely consider shooting someone. Motivation to steal from a car is not based on the limits of the punishment but the necessity of paying your drug dealer.


Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.

Email:


Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

Food Party! 420
By Laura Stec | 10 comments | 2,359 views

What Are Your Gifts that Must Be Shared?
By Chandrama Anderson | 1 comment | 1,312 views

 

Readers' Choice ballot is here

It’s time to decide what local business is worthy of the title “Almanac Readers' Choice” — and you get to decide! Cast your ballot online. Voting ends May 29th. Stay tuned for the results in the July 19th issue of The Almanac.

VOTE HERE