Police calls: Cameras stolen after three windows smashed


This information is based on reports from the Menlo Park Police Department 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.



Auto burglary: A thief smashed three windows of a locked vehicle parked in the 500 block of Portola Road and stole camera equipment on a seat and covered with a blanket. Estimated loss: $5,800. March 8.

Forgery: A resident of Zapata Way learned that eight $100 checks had been cashed in her name, none of which was signed by anyone in her family. When she logged into her bank account, she discovered 15 more such checks. March 12.

Traffic accidents:

■ A bicyclist's front wheel hit a three-foot-wide trench in the 800 block of Portola Road and the cyclist was thrown from the bike. Medics took the cyclist to Stanford Hospital. Feb. 4.

■ A driver crossed over the fog line on Highway 84 near the intersection with Portola Road and hit a dirt embankment that caused the vehicle to roll over on to its roof. Deputies issued a speeding citation. There were no injuries. Feb. 6.



Traffic accident: A deputy investigating a report of a hit-and-run incident in the 3300 block of Alameda de las Pulgas determined that a driver lost control of his vehicle, struck a tree, and then ran home. The driver, who told deputies that he had panicked, was cited on charges related to resisting arrest and obstructing an officer in the performance of duties. Feb. 27.

Soliciting without a license: A resident of Cloud Avenue told deputies that a man had been pounding on his door. Deputies encountered the man and learned he was soliciting magazine subscriptions, but without a permit. The man was cited and released. March 3.



Grand theft: Someone stole a tower fan and a Bose music system from a dorm room at Menlo College on El Camino Real. Estimated loss: $740. March 13.

Residential burglary: A thief entered an unlocked garage via an unlocked gate on Redwood Way and stole a Trek bicycle, three baking pans, two NorthFace jackets and a Patagonia jacket. Estimated loss: $1,379. March 5.



Commercial burglary: Someone pried open a locked side window of the restaurant at the Allied Arts Guild at Arbor Road and Cambridge Avenue, entered the building and stole a tablet computer and $250 from an unlocked drawer. Estimated loss: $750. March 7.

Residential burglaries:

■ An unlocked bicycle was stolen from an open carport on Waverley Street. Estimated loss: $400. March 11.

■ A resident of Hobart Street found a window smashed on the house's back door and several rooms ransacked, but no signs of anything having been taken. March 8.

Auto burglaries:

■ A thief smashed a window and broke into a vehicle parked at Bayshore Park on Marsh Road and stole a purse with $200 cash inside. Estimated loss: $300. March 5.

■ Someone entered a secure area of the parking garage of an apartment complex on Willow Road, smashed a window on a vehicle parked there and stole a vest. Estimated loss: $20. March 16.


■ A 3-year-old gray-and-brown female Yorkshire terrier, weighing about four pounds and wearing a pink collar and a green "shirt," was reported stolen from the front yard of a home on Carlton Avenue. March 17.

■ A resident of Arbor Road bought two $1,000 money orders through MoneyGram, but said she left them in her vehicle while shopping and came back to find them gone. She tried to issue a stop-payment order, but one money order had already been cashed. March 7.

■ A thief stole a bike after cutting the chain lock securing it to a bike rack in front of the public library. Estimated loss: $1,000. March 16.

■ Someone stole a bike locked to a bike rack at the U. S. Geological Survey office on Middlefield Road. Estimated loss: $800. March 17.

■ A paint sprayer and a camera were stolen from a home on Hamilton Avenue. Estimated loss: $688. March 13.

■ Someone stole a camera from Mike's Camera on Santa Cruz Avenue. Estimated loss: $630. March 14.

■ A patron of the public library left her cellphone in the library and it was gone when she came back to retrieve it. Estimated loss: $200. March 14.

■ After breaking the key mechanism on a washer/dryer set at an apartment complex on Hoover Street, someone stole approximately $60 in quarters. March 11.

Stolen vehicles:

■ A silver 2016 Nissan Versa Note from a carport in the 1600 block of El Camino Real. March 11.

■ A trailer used to carry trash from a locked residential construction site on Cambridge Avenue. March 12.

Traffic accident: The driver of a white 2001 Volvo was headed west on Willow Road and had a green light to turn left at Gilbert Avenue, but did not yield to eastbound traffic as required. The car collided with an eastbound bicyclist, partially throwing the rider from his bike. Medics from the Menlo Park Fire Protection District treated the cyclist for a non-life-threatening injury at the scene. March 6.

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12 people like this
Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Mar 25, 2016 at 9:49 am

Re Atherton garage burglary.
If anyone sees a bike rider on a Trek bike wearing NorthFace jacket selling homemade baked goods - call the cops.

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Posted by jackrabbit
a resident of Portola Valley: Westridge
on Mar 26, 2016 at 8:33 am

Thank you SF DA Gascon and your ill-conceived Prop 47. More crime to come.

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