Police calls: Menlo Park winery office burglarized


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.


Commercial burglary: Thieves smashed windows and rummaged through offices at Cannonball Wine and Spirits on Menlo Avenue, but apparently took nothing. Feb. 8.

Possession of burglary tools: Police booked a Menlo Park man into county jail on suspicion of violating his probation by possessing a burglary tool: a spring-loaded window punch used to shatter vehicle windows. Feb. 7.

Auto burglary: Someone entered an unlocked garage in the 400 block of Bay Road and stole a garage door opener, prescription sunglasses and about $5 in change from an unlocked vehicle. Estimated loss: $247. Feb. 8.


■ A bicycle was stolen from its parked spot at BevMo at 700 El Camino Real. It's not clear whether the bike was locked. Estimated loss: $2,500. Feb. 9.

■ A thief stole a cellphone from an open handbag perched on a shopping cart while the woman was shopping in Trader Joe's grocery store on Fremont Street. Estimated loss: $700. Feb. 9.

■ Someone stole a wheeled barbecue set from the porch of a home on Noel Drive. Estimated loss: $300. Feb. 9.

■ A woman left her vehicle unattended for 20 minutes with a window open at the Chevron gas station in the 1100 block of Marsh Road. She returned to find that her wallet had been stolen. Estimated loss: $235. Feb. 10.

■ Packages containing undergarments were stolen from the doorstep of a home on Sevier Avenue. Estimated loss: $40. Feb. 6.

■ A would-be thief took fuses, glue and plant food out of Menlo Park Hardware on Santa Cruz Avenue without having paid for them, but the merchandise was recovered outside the store by an employee. The suspect left the area. No losses. Feb. 7.

Stolen vehicle: A green GenZe motor scooter stolen from a carport on Coleman Avenue. Feb. 7.


Residential burglary: Someone stole building materials and tools, including two electric rotor hammers, from a residential construction site on Crest Road. The thieves entered an open garage, pried open an interior door to the house, and broke into a pool house. Estimated loss: $7,506. Feb. 3.

Traffic incidents:

■ A driver rear-ended a bicyclist headed north on Canada Road after falling asleep at the wheel and drifting into the bike lane. Medics took the cyclist to the hospital for minor injuries. Jan. 26.

■ A driver trying to catch up to a friend failed to negotiate a hairpin curve on La Honda Road near Fox Hill Road, slammed on his brakes, left the road and landed in some brush behind a home. No one involved wanted to file an accident report. Deputies learned that the vehicle's registration expired six months ago and had the vehicle towed. Jan. 31.

■ A woman driving east on La Honda Road near Fox Hill Road crossed over the fog line and onto the gravel shoulder and struck a concrete barrier. Medics took her to the hospital for her injuries. Jan. 28.

Encounter with stranger: A resident of Glencrag Way answered a knock at her front door and spoke briefly with an unknown woman on the subject of mycology -- the study of fungi. The woman "was looking inside" the house, the resident told deputies, so she closed the door and called the Sheriff's Office. Deputies contacted the woman and advised her not to go door-to-door soliciting her services. Jan. 28.


Residential burglary: Someone entered a home on Shawnee Pass through an unlocked door and stole a laptop computer from the kitchen counter. Estimated loss: $2,500. Jan. 27.


Residential burglary: Sometime over the past two weeks, someone entered a home on Parkwood Drive, opened every cupboard and cabinet in the home and took several pieces of property. No alarms sounded and the home was not equipped for video surveillance. No estimate on losses. Feb. 9.


■ A videographer working as a sound man at a party at a home on Polhemus Avenue left a backpack containing video recording equipment unattended near the driveway for about 10 minutes while retrieving his car. He returned to find the backpack and equipment gone. The backpack was later recovered in San Francisco. Estimated loss: $1,600. Feb. 10.

■ A laptop computer was stolen from a backpack at Sacred Heart Prep High School on Valparaiso Avenue while the backpack's owner was playing soccer. No estimate on losses. Feb. 9.

Dave Boyce

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