Menlo Park police calls: Email ruse tricks unwary recipient into wiring $27,500


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.


Fraud: An impersonator faked an identity using an email address from the LifeMoves shelter network for the homeless, with offices on Constitution Drive. The ruse continued when the impersonator contacted someone while using that faked address and requesting -- and receiving -- a wire transfer of $27,500. Feb. 12.

Residential burglary: Someone tampered with locks on coin-operated laundry machines in the 700 block of Roble Avenue and stole cash. Estimated loss: $150. Feb. 16.

Auto burglary: Speakers and a stereo amplifier were stolen from a vehicle parked on Sevier Avenue. It's not clear how the thief entered the vehicle. Estimated loss: $2,000. Feb. 12.


■ An unlocked bicycle was stolen from the balcony of an apartment on Sharon Park Drive. Estimated loss: $500. Feb. 17.

■ Someone stole a UPS uniform from a resident of Adams Court. No estimate on loss. Feb. 17.

Reckless driving: Police arrested a man on reckless driving charges and impounded his vehicle after allegedly seeing the vehicle "spinning doughnuts" at the intersection of Newbridge Street and Carlton Avenue in the vicinity of a crosswalk. Feb. 15.

Vehicle accident: A bicyclist riding on a sidewalk collided with the front end of a vehicle pulling out of the 76 gas station in the 700 block of Willow Road. The cyclist fell off his bike and was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Feb. 16.

— Dave Boyce

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