Police calls: Woodside, Atherton, Portola Valley and Menlo Park


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.


Fraud: A resident of Eleanor Drive bought $500 in prepaid debit cards and provided the card numbers to someone who phoned claiming to be the resident's brother-in-law and claiming to have been arrested in another state and in need of money. May 11.

Theft: Several mailboxes were found opened or pried open on Godetia Drive. May 11 and 12.


Traffic accident: Two 27-year-old Redwood City women, one driving a Honda and the other a passenger in the Honda, received injuries sufficient to require their transfer to a hospital after a solo-vehicle accident in which the driver ran into a tree on Middlefield Road near Watkins Avenue. May 15.


Theft: Someone stole a purse, whose contents included $50 in cash, a cellphone and keys, from inside an unlocked vehicle parked in the 900 block of Portola Road. May 15.

Traffic accident: One vehicle allegedly rear-ended another on Golden Oak Drive in a road-rage incident. There were no injuries. May 10.


Residential burglary: Electrical wire was stolen from inside a locked box at a construction site in the 1000 block of Marsh Road. Estimated loss: $2,500. May 16.


■ Someone stole a purse, clothing and medicine from an unlocked vehicle parked in the 1100 block of El Camino Real. Estimated loss: $1,448. May 18.

■ Police arrested a San Mateo man on suspicion of charges of burglary and resisting arrest after the man ran from police after being ordered to stop. Police found the man in possession of several items allegedly stolen from the CVS Pharmacy at 700 El Camino Real. No losses. May 17.

■ Police cited and released two youths on suspicion of theft charges, specifically that they had stolen beer from the 7-Eleven convenience store at Oak Grove Avenue and Alma Street. No loss. May 13.

■ Items of clothing were stolen from a dryer in a laundry room in the 300 block of Sharon Park Drive. Estimated loss: $500. May 17.

■ Someone stole a basketball set-up from the front of a house on Concord Drive. Estimated loss: $300. May 13.

■ Towels were stolen from a dryer at a coin-operated laundry in the 900 block of Willow Road. Estimated loss: $45. May 15.

Traffic accident: A bicyclist traveling west on Menalto Avenue collided with a vehicle traveling south on Willow Road that had stopped for a stop sign at O'Keefe Street. The cyclist collided with the vehicle proceeding through the intersection after the cyclist allegedly did not stop for the stop sign at O'Keefe. The cyclist suffered non-life-threatening injuries and sought medical attention on his own, police said. 2:43 p.m. on May 18.

— Dave Boyce

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