Police calls: Woodside woman encounters lion at bottom of stairs


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.



Mountain lion sighting: After a resident of the 700 block of Patrol Road let her dog out to relieve itself, she heard noises implying that her dog was being chased. She looked out and saw, at the bottom of her stairs, an adult mountain lion about 8 feet long and weighing about 150 pounds, deputies said. There were no injuries and no apparent risks of injury. June 16.


■ Someone vandalized and opened residential mailboxes on Eleanor Drive. It's not clear if they took any mail. June 11.

■ After a man reported the theft of an indoor ceiling fan from a house on Woodside Drive, a deputy investigated and "observed a hole in the ceiling with two exposed wires," deputies said. A search around the building's exterior showed no signs of forced entry. June 7.

Possessing marijuana while driving:

■ A deputy encountered a male youth smoking marijuana in a vehicle parked with the lights off at Cinnabar and Crest roads. The deputy confiscated the marijuana and a digital scale and released the youth after citing him. June 6.

■ During a traffic stop for a vehicle code violation at Canada Road and Godetia Drive, a deputy smelled marijuana coming from inside the vehicle, investigated and cited the driver for possession while driving along with the code violations. June 7.

■ A deputy investigated a vehicle parked with its lights off on Glencrag Way and discovered the driver smoking marijuana. The driver claimed he had a marijuana card, but that it was at home, deputies said. He was cited for vehicle code violations and possession of marijuana while driving and released after promising to appear in court. June 11.



Residential burglaries:

■ A burglar smashed glass in the front door of a house in the 4500 block of Alpine Road, entered through the hole in the glass and stole two tablet computers, a laptop computer and $300 in cash. June 9.

■ Someone removed the screen from an open window at the rear of a house on Shawnee Pass, entered the house, went into the garage and stole cash from wallets found inside two unlocked vehicles. Estimated loss: $500. June 14.



Stolen vehicle: A surveillance camera captured a video of a man checking the doors of a van parked behind a restaurant in the 3500 block of Alameda de las Pulgas. The van doors were unlocked and the keys were inside, so the man loaded his bike into the van and drove off, deputies said. June 18.




■ Someone stole a white cruiser bike from the driveway of a house on Douglas Way. June 24

■ A thief entered an open garage of a house on Douglas Way and stole, from two unlocked vehicles, about $10 in coins, a $50 bill and $50 in pre-purchased movie tickets. June 24

Stolen vehicle: A white 2001 Toyota Tacoma was reported stolen from in front of a house on Lloyden Drive. June 24.



Commercial burglary: Someone opened locked storage containers by means unknown in a closed construction zone on Independence Drive and stole two theodolite surveying tools, an air compressor, a generator, a ground pounder, a laser level, a tablet computer and other tools. Estimated loss: $80,400. June 24.

Residential burglaries:

■ Someone removed a screen from a bedroom window of house on Ringwood Avenue, entered the house and stole a laptop computer. Estimated loss: $1,200. June 20.

■ Ammunition and firearms were stolen from a house "intentionally left unlocked" while the resident was away on vacation, deputies said. No estimate on losses or identifying information for the stolen firearms. June 28.

Auto burglaries:

■ After entering a locked vehicle parked on Sonoma Drive by means unknown, someone stole a backpack containing, among other items, three pairs of sunglasses. Estimated loss: $786. June 22.

■ A thief stole a debit card, sunglasses and coins from three unlocked vehicles in the driveway of a house on Hermosa Way. Estimated loss: $292.


■ Someone stole a laptop computer from an unlocked vehicle parked on East Creek Drive. Estimated loss: $2,000. June 22.

■ After cutting the lock on a trailer parked on Campbell Avenue with landscaping equipment inside, someone stole a lawnmower. Estimated loss: $1,190. June 20.

■ An unlocked bike was stolen from the patio of a house on Waverley Street. Estimated loss: $1,000. June 20.

■ A woman entered the CVS pharmacy at 700 El Camino Real, walked over to the cosmetics aisle, put several cosmetics into her large black purse/tote bag and walked out without having paid for them. Estimated loss: $1,000. June 25.

■ Someone took a cellphone while on the campus of Hillview School. The phone was later found on the campus, but damaged. Estimated loss: $600. June 20.

■ A bike was stolen from the fenced backyard of a house on Central Avenue. Estimated loss: $500. June 29.

■ A thief entered an unlocked vehicle parked in the 800 block of Alma Street and stole a video recorder. Estimated loss: $450. June 26.

■ A locked bike was stolen from an open carport on Roble Avenue. Estimated loss: $400. June 20.

■ Several items were stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked in the first block of Willow Road. Estimated loss: $305. June 17.

■ A thief cut the lock and stole a bike locked to a bike rack at Burgess pool. Estimated loss: $250. June 26.

■ Someone stole an unlocked bike from in front of a patio in the 100 block of Santa Cruz Avenue. Estimated loss: $200. June 17.

■ A resident of White Oak Drive told police that someone had opened a birthday card she received in the mail and stolen $100 from inside. June 25.

■ A thief made off with bike locked to a bike rack in front of the public library. Estimated loss: $50. June 25.

■ A man stole a beer from the 7-Eleven convenience store on Oak Grove Avenue. The man left the clerk $1.43, but the price of the beer was $3.80. June 26.

Suspicious circumstances: A pedestrian walking along San Francisquito Creek noticed a safe dumped in the creek bed. Police booked the safe as property, saying that it had been pried open and was empty. June 24.

Fraud: Someone created fraudulent checks through unauthorized access to a bank account, forged the account owner's signature on seven checks written for a total of $6,266, and managed to cash three of the checks before stop-payment orders were issued. No estimate on losses. June 23.

Hit-and-run incidents:

■ A man walking north on El Camino Real was allegedly struck by a silver Porsche Cayenne driving out of a parking lot in the 500 block. The car allegedly ran over the man's feet, causing him to hit his head on the car as the driver continued out into the street and drove south. The man had "no visible sign of injury, bruising or swelling," but was taken to the hospital with a complaint of pain to his head. June 29.

■ A vehicle allegedly struck a man walking in the roadway on Haven Avenue, then left the scene. The vehicle's description was not available and though the man complained of minor injuries, he refused transport to a hospital. June 26.

■ A driver in a maroon four-door sedan leaving a parking lot in the 1100 block of El Camino Real left the scene after he allegedly struck a bicyclist riding on the sidewalk in a direction against traffic. The cyclist suffered minor injuries and was taken to the hospital. June 26.


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Posted by Sandra Farrell
a resident of another community
on Jul 6, 2016 at 10:34 am

It is the time of year that young male Mt. lions have to seek out their own territory, so we tend to have these experiences with lions even in town, let alone in the more rural areas. We probably all know to keep pets indoors, bit dogs do need to relieve themselves. Keep all dog food indoors. Water is also a driver for these animals It is scarce at this time of year and lions as well as other animals will seek it out. Deer are plentiful right now so there is predation going on, too.
Keep water bowls inside. Especially avoid letting dogs or cats out at dusk or dawn. Remember, this was their territory long before we civilized folk moved in, so be cautious and careful, but try to avoid having to have a mt. lion killed.We also have coyotes, who delight in grabbing cats & the little lap dogs.

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