Tonight: After home-invasion robbery, Portola Valley holds community meeting


In a follow-up to a home-invasion robbery by armed men in central Portola Valley on Sunday evening (June 12), the town has scheduled a community meeting with San Mateo County Sheriff Greg Munks and deputies at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, in the Community Hall at 765 Portola Road.

The robbery occurred at around 10:30 p.m. Sunday night when three men with handguns invaded an occupied house on Golden Oak Drive, entering through an open garage and an unlocked kitchen door, and confronted the occupants, deputies said.

They demanded valuables, then left the scene in an unknown direction with "an undetermined amount of U.S. currency and gold jewelry," deputies said. The men were described as either white or Hispanic and in their late teens to early twenties.

At the community meeting, Mr. Munks and deputies will be available to answer questions from the public, according to a statement from the town.

Investigators said they don't believe that the incident was random, and that the home was a target for the robbery.

Deputies are taking the opportunity to remind residents of the importance of keeping doors, windows and gates locked.

Deputies ask that anyone with information on this case contact Detective Jonathan Sebring at 650-363-4057 or write to him at

To remain anonymous, call 1-800-547-2700.


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Posted by Christine
a resident of Woodside: Mountain Home Road
on Jun 13, 2016 at 12:38 pm

Such a shame to see out once save neighborhoods riddled with more and more thefts. This is the result of opening our jails and letting the so-called 'non-violent prisoners free. It's likely to get worse.

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Posted by resident
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on Jun 13, 2016 at 1:14 pm

Were the perp wearing masks? If not, are artists sketches of their faces available? What types of guns did they have? Very curious that so little information is being released about a serious violent crime like this.

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Posted by Liz
a resident of Portola Valley: Ladera
on Jun 13, 2016 at 4:32 pm

This is a bit too close to home for me, but like Christine, I have noted an increase in thefts locally. Even if this theft was not random, it is not the norm. We tend to feel safe in our communities out here, but that needs to change. We all need to be more watchful.

SteveC. Please refrain from personal insults. People are free to speculate about the theft and if indeed the victims got a good look at the criminals, sketches could be helpful for us as well as for the police.

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Posted by Bill
a resident of another community
on Jun 13, 2016 at 9:59 pm

Right, it is well-known that smoking a bit of pot is a gateway drug to armed home invasions...just watch Reefer Madness.

No chance that locking up a non-violent offender with a big crowd of violent offenders might make them more likely to commit violent crimes later, either...

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Posted by Lindenwood resident
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jun 14, 2016 at 1:09 pm

I'm so sorry that family had to endure this experience (I'm sure it was traumatizing), and am thankful that the robbers didn't hurt anyone in the process.

I have to agree with the sentiment (if not the tone) of part of Steve C.'s remark -- which is that we should not be too quick to judge who the robbers were or how law enforcement handled it until we have more information. Chistine's speculation that this crime was a result of "opening up our jails" draws a spurious correlation between one specific, tragic event and a vague judicial policy which may have no relevance to this crime.

As a victim of violent crime myself, I have to work doubly hard not to let that experience and my fear of it happening again take over my thinking. I try to be as compassionate as possible when thinking that people who turn to any crime -- violent or otherwise -- do it because they feel they have no other choice, have few opportunities, and are often caught in a vicious cycle of poverty, drugs, abuse, and a fractured home life.

I'm not justifying crime in any way, nor am I forgiving it. I simply believe that by not looking deeper into what divides our society, and making policies that give people hope and opportunity for a way out, we aren't doing all we can to fight crime.

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Posted by Member
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Jun 14, 2016 at 1:28 pm

[Post removed. Please don't speculate on what may have happened and who may have been involved.]

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