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Police calls: Several locked mailboxes forced open in Woodside

 

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.

WOODSIDE

Vandalism: Someone apparently forced open several mailboxes in the vicinity of Still Creek Road and Skywood Way. One resident telling deputies that the lock to his mailbox no longer works. No estimate on losses. March 30.

Fraud: A resident of Skywood Way told deputies that someone broke into his mailbox, stole a debit card, and used the card three times before it was canceled. Estimated loss: $1,054. March 30.

ATHERTON

Residential burglary: Police found a group of people having a party at a vacant house on Polhemus Avenue. No estimate on losses. April 2.

Auto burglary: Someone, using means unknown, entered a vehicle parked on Redwood Way and stole a green Kate Spade bag. Estimated loss: $100. April 3.

Thefts:

■ A gray Apple laptop computer was stolen from a locker room at Sacred Heart Schools on Valparaiso Avenue. Estimated loss: $1,000. April 6.

■ Someone stole a black Apple wristwatch from a gym bag sitting on the porch of a home in the 600 block of El Camino Real. Estimated loss: $600. April 4.

Mail tampering: The lock on a mailbox was found disabled outside a home on Watkins Avenue. Police don't know if mail was stolen. No estimate on losses. April 3.

LADERA

Fraud: A resident of Mimosa Way received a tax refund in the mail despite having not yet filed her federal income taxes. She was told the IRS would investigate only after she initiated an identity theft report. March 30.

MENLO PARK

Rape: Police arrested Antoine Sprueel, 46, of Hayward on charges of rape and oral copulation by force and battery over an incident reported at the Dumbarton Bridge by a woman said to be in his vehicle. April 8.

Commercial burglary: Someone stole $300 in cash from the Burgess Park snack shack at Laurel Street and Burgess Drive. It's unclear how the thief entered the building. April 2.

Auto burglaries:

■ Two vehicles parked in the 1100 block of El Camino Real were found with a window smashed in each vehicle but no indications that anything had been taken. April 8.

■ A thief entered a carport area of an apartment complex on Oak Grove Avenue and stole a jewelry box from an unlocked vehicle and a gym bag containing running shoes from a locked vehicle after smashing a window. Estimated losses: $220. April 9.

Thefts:

■ At Cafe Borrone at 1010 El Camino Real, police recovered a laptop computer and phone believed to have been stolen from an office near the swimming pool at Burgess Park. A man suspected of the theft reportedly ran toward downtown before officers arrived. No loss. April 2.

■ Someone broke into a laundry on Hoover Street, pried open several coin-operated machines and stole the coins inside. No estimate on how much was taken. April 3.

■ A thief stole a locked bicycle from the bike rack outside the public library on Alma Street after cutting the lock. Estimated loss: $930. April 3.

■ A package containing a cellphone was stolen after allegedly being delivered to a home on Cheryl Place. Estimated loss: $450. April 5.

■ Someone stole a bike from a bike rack in front of Burgess pool on Laurel Street after cutting the lock. Estimated loss: $300. April 4.

■ In separate incidents, police sited a San Carlos man and an East Palo Alto woman with shoplifting charges after they left Safeway supermarket at 525 El Camino Real allegedly carrying goods they had not paid for. Both were released with a promise to appear in court. April 3.

■ In separate incidents, police cited and released two men one from San Jose and the other from San Mateo accused of attempted shoplifting at the Safeway supermarket at 525 El Camino Real. A store employee intercepted each man before he could leave the store allegedly carrying merchandise he hadn't paid for. Both men were given a three-year, no-trespassing warning. April 6.

■ Someone stole two yard signs saying "Stop Gun Violence" from the front yard of a home in the 1200 block of Santa Cruz Avenue. April 4.

Traffic accidents:

■ A 10-year-old boy riding a bicycle received minor non-life-threatening injuries after a collision with a 2008 black Toyota in a crosswalk at Oak Grove Avenue and Hoover Street. The driver told police she had not seen the child and attempted to brake when she did, but that it was "too late." Medics cleared the child for release to his father at the scene. April 4.

■ A 10-year-old girl fell off her bike and complained of pain in her left leg after a collision with a 2007 silver Honda Civic while she was headed west on Plumas Avenue. The girl allegedly ran the stop sign at the intersection with Hamilton Avenue. Medics treated her for non-life-threatening injuries at the scene and released her to her mother. April 4.

Police arrested, cited and released a Union City woman, a passenger in a vehicle involved in a traffic stop at Willow Road and Blackburn Avenue, after she gave police a false name during an investigation of drunken driving. April 6.

Fraud: Police arrested a Redwood City man on charges of burglary and forgery in the alleged theft of a pad of medical prescription forms from the Safeway supermarket at 525 El Camino Real. Four days after the store reported the theft, the man allegedly presented a false prescription and attempted to pick up medication. A female associate was also arrested in connection with a narcotics-related offense, police said. April 7.

Dave Boyce

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