Menlo Park, Portola Valley police calls: Dog alerts resident to attempted break-in


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.


Suspicious circumstances: A resident of Perry Avenue awoke to the sound of her dog barking and discovered someone trying to open a rear door of her home around 2 a.m. The would-be burglar fled into the night. April 17.

Theft: Someone stole things from the glove box of a vehicle parked at the Stanford Dish parking area at Alpine Road and Piers Lane. The vehicle might have been unlocked, deputies said. Estimated losses: $800. April 17.



Accident: While the driver of a tractor trailer hauling a load of gravel was trying to make a U-turn, the load shifted and the trailer "slowly overturned," causing about half the load to be dumped in the vicinity of the intersection of Los Trancos Road and Buck Meadow Drive. The crew associated with the gravel delivery "quickly cleared" the road, deputies said, and through traffic was restored after about an hour. April 8.



Residential burglary: Someone broke into a house on Timothy lane and stole gold coins, a bar of silver, $1,000 in cash, jewelry and a laptop computer. Estimated losses: $11,000. April 12.

Commercial burglary: A woman was seen putting bottles of baby formula into a bag at the Safeway supermarket on Sharon Park Drive while another woman acted as lookout. Both women left the store without paying for the goods and left the scene in a white four-door vehicle. Estimated losses: $222. April 11.


■ A bicycle locked with a chain was stolen from the side of a house on Oakland Avenue. Estimated loss: $750. April 20.

■ Someone stole a red and black scooter from the 700 block of Alma Street. No estimate on losses. April 17.

■ A pair of sunglasses, a GPS device, a Bluetooth headset and $5 in cash were stolen from the console and glove box of an unlocked vehicle parked on Lennox Avenue. April 11.

■ A teenager wearing a black Northface fleece jacket and blue jeans and carrying an orange camouflage patterned backpack is suspected of putting bottles of Hennessy cognac into his backpack at Draeger's Market on University Drive and leaving the store without paying for them. Estimated loss: $109. April 16.

■ A woman putting groceries into an unlocked vehicle outside the Safeway supermarket at 525 El Camino Real had left her wallet on the passenger seat with the door open. A suspect, described by police as male, was seen reaching in and taking the wallet and then running across the parking lot toward El Camino Real. Estimated loss: $450. April 19.

■ Someone stole and used a debit card from Occasions Etc., a gift store on Santa Cruz Avenue. No estimate on losses. April 19.

■ Two residents, one in the 100 block of Yale Road and the other in the 300 block of Lennox Avenue, reported having mail stolen from a curbside mailbox. No estimates on losses. April 17 and 20.

Fraud: Union Bank on Curtis Avenue reported 13 bad checks cashed against an old account. No estimate on losses. April 18.

Accident: A 56-year-old woman riding north on a sidewalk in the 100 block El Camino Real veered right and rode off the sidewalk and into some bushes and fell off her bike. Medics took her to the hospital with minor, non-life-threatening injuries. April 18.

— Dave Boyce

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