Police calls: Burglar takes $17,500 in coins, jewelry and computers

Menlo Park, Woodside and Portola Valley

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.


Residential burglaries:

■ After climbing through an open window of a house on Hermosa Way, a burglar made off with two laptop computers, jewelry and coins, including gold coins with a value of $16,300. Estimated loss: $17,526. July 6.

■ Someone tampered with the front door of a house on Seminary Drive, but while the door was damaged, the attempt at a break-in was unsuccessful. July 3.


■ Four men entered the Walgreens pharmacy on Santa Cruz Avenue, managed to unlock a locked display cabinet, took out razors that were inside the cabinet and, after being confronted by store employees, left the store without paying for them. The men fled through the parking lot at the rear of the store and headed north on Doyle Street. Estimated loss: $500. July 4.

■ Someone stole a pair of wireless headphones from an unlocked vehicle parked on Harvard Avenue. Estimated loss: $300. July 4.

■ A woman reported the theft of her wallet from her purse while it was in a shopping cart at the Safeway supermarket on El Camino Real. She told police that she suspects the theft occurred while she was looking away at grocery items. Estimated loss: $235. July 1.

■ A woman discovered that her purse had been stolen from an open desk drawer at Ruby Livingdesign furniture store on Santa Cruz Avenue. Inside the purse were credit cards, a driver's license and $20 in cash. Estimated loss: $97. July 6.

■ A vase was stolen from the front yard of a house on Menalto Avenue. Estimated loss: $5. July 7.

■ Police arrested a Belmont man on theft charges after a search of his backpack revealed several new items of sports equipment, all with the tags still on them, as well as new still-in-the-box shoes and packaged food. The items were allegedly stolen from Big 5 Sporting Goods at 700 El Camino Real and the Safeway supermarket across the street. The backpack, too, had a sales tag still attached. July 7.



Marijuana possession: During a traffic stop on Cinnabar Road in connection with a vehicle code violation, a deputy smelled marijuana coming from inside the vehicle and saw marijuana on the driver's lap "in plain sight." The deputy cited the driver for possession. June 20.



Residential burglary: Someone entered a structure at a Cervantes Road home through an unlocked door, went into a game room and stole a computer monitor and part of a video game system. Estimated loss: $1,100. June 20.


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