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Police calls: Crime reports in Atherton, Menlo Park

 

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

MENLO PARK

Thefts:

■ Two chairs were stolen from the front of Head Over Heels, a shoe store on Santa Cruz Avenue. Estimated loss: $3,000. Feb. 28.

■ An unlocked and unattended bike was stolen from in front of the Mi Tierra Market at Willow Road and Newbridge Street. Estimated loss: $1,500. Feb. 19.

■ Someone stole a basketball hoop from in front of a residence on Henderson Avenue. Estimated loss: $150. Feb. 23.

■ A package containing a dress was stolen from the doorstep of a house in the first block of Willow Road. Estimated loss: $76. Feb. 19.

■ A blue bag containing clothing and keys was stolen from an unlocked locker at Burgess Pool on Laurel Avenue. Estimated loss: $50. Feb. 22.

■ A resident of Newbridge Street told police he lent his cellphone to a friend who did not return it, and that he did not know how to contact the friend. Estimated loss: $20. Feb. 23.

■ A man at a bus stop at Merrill Street and Santa Cruz Avenue told police that a teenage boy approached him and demanded that he hand over his cellphone. The man refused and reported the incident. No loss. Feb. 19.

■ A woman tried to steal two cans of Red Bull from a Chevron gas station on Willow Road, but was stopped and relieved of the merchandise before she could leave the store. She left before police arrived. No loss. Feb. 23.

■ A resident of Menlo Avenue told police that someone stole a debit card from his pants pocket. He could not offer clues as to how the theft was accomplished. Feb. 24.

■ A woman told police that she came out of the Safeway supermarket on El Camino Real to discover that her vehicle's license plate had been stolen. Feb. 19.

Residential burglary: Someone smashed windows on a house and garage on Johnson Street and stole a women's cruiser bicycle. Estimated loss: $500. Feb. 26.

Fraud:

■ Police arrested and cited a Menlo Park man on suspicion of theft after finding him in possession of a debit card and a medical card with other peoples' names on them. The man told police he found them in a trash can. Feb. 23.

■ A man attempted to cash a fraudulent check at the Wells Fargo Bank on Santa Cruz Avenue, but left the bank without the check after learning that tellers had contacted the checking account's owner and learned that the check was fraudulent. Feb. 19.

ATHERTON

B Commercial burglary:== Someone entered an unlocked classroom and stole an unattended laptop computer at Menlo-Atherton High School at 555 Middlefield Road. Estimated loss: $250. Feb. 22.

Thefts:

■ A laptop computer was stolen from an unattended backpack in the men's locker room at Sacred Heart Prep high school on Valparaiso Avenue. Estimated loss: $1,400. Feb. 23.

■ Someone stole a camera and lens from an independent journalist working at a Super Bowl party on Polhemus Avenue. Estimated loss: $750. Feb. 12.

■ A woman left her wallet with $150 in cash inside unattended on a bench at Encinal School on Encinal Avenue and returned to find the wallet gone. Estimated loss: $450. Feb. 16.

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