Police calls: Atherton and 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.




■ Catalytic converters -- pollution-control devices -- were stolen from underneath two vehicles, a 2012 gray Toyota Tundra and a 2002 gray Jeep Cherokee, both parked at Menlo College in the 1000 block of El Camino Real. Estimated total loss: $3,000. April 30.

■ Someone stole a blue cruiser bicycle locked to a chain-link fence at Menlo-Atherton High School on Middlefield Road. Estimated loss: $500. May 4.



Commercial burglary: Someone smashed open a sliding glass door at Willow Cove Gas at 500 Willow Road and stole a cash register from the front counter containing $200 in cash. May 5.

Auto burglaries:

■ Before grocery shopping at the Safeway supermarket at 525 El Camino Real, a woman put her purse in the trunk of her car, but when she returned to her car, she found a front window smashed, her trunk open and her purse stolen. Estimated loss: $215. May 2.

■ A woman returned to her vehicle parked on Jefferson Drive to find a window smashed and her purse stolen. No estimate on losses. May 5.


■ A resident of Clayton Drive told police that her diamond pendant necklace was stolen sometime between October 2015 and mid-March 2016. Estimated loss: $11,400. May 2.

■ A man left a suitcase unattended on the patio at Cafe Borrone and returned to find his watch stolen from a pocket of the suitcase. Estimated loss: $7,500. May 2.

■ Someone stole a bicycle from the patio of an apartment on Middle Avenue. Estimated loss: $1,152. May 2.

■ An unlocked bike was stolen from the bike rack in front of the public library on Alma Street. Estimated loss: $500. May 2.

■ Several packages were stolen from the front porch of a house in the 1800 block of Santa Cruz Avenue. Along with the two chairs, the items stolen were all massage tools, including a Rumble Roller, a Super Nova and a massage mobility stick. Estimated loss: $400. May 2.

■ Someone cut off and stole a catalytic converter from beneath a 2008 Toyota Tundra parked in the 100 block of El Camino Real. Estimated loss: $300. May 1.

■ Police arrested a Sacramento man on theft charges for allegedly stealing bottles of vodka, whiskey and bourbon (that were later recovered) from the Safeway supermarket at 525 El Camino Real. No loss. May 5.

■ A woman carrying two bottles of Hennessy cognac that she hadn't paid for fled from the Willows Market on Middlefield Road when confronted by a store employee. Estimated loss: $78. May 5.

■ Police stopped an East Palo Alto man on O'Keefe Street for a vehicle code violation, discovered that he was in possession of a Social Security card that was not his own, then arrested and released him on his promise to appear in court. May 3.

Assault with deadly weapon: Police arrested and booked into county jail an Alameda man on suspicion of charges of assault with a deadly weapon in a road rage incident at Willow Road and Hamilton Avenue. The man allegedly approached a vehicle and broke one of its windows with a heavy cable, causing non-life threatening injuries to someone in the vehicle. April 29.

Dave Boyce

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