Police calls: Lion seen jumping over home's front gate in Woodside


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: A man told a deputy that he'd seen a young and healthy mountain lion jump over a front gate and into the yard of a house on Olive Hill Lane. The man said he did not see the lion after it jumped the gate. July 10.



Residential burglary: A resident of the 1300 block of Westridge Drive woke up to the sounds of her dog growling and of noises associated with someone else being in the house. She then heard footsteps running down her street. No losses. July 15.



Stolen vehicle: Deputies ordered a parked vehicle that turned out to be stolen to be towed from a parking area at Alpine Road and Piers Lane. July 8.



Mail theft: Four people were seen taking mail from mailboxes in the North Fair Oaks and Lindenwood neighborhoods around 7:30 a.m Sunday, July 24. Traveling in a charcoal-colored Mercedes Benz station wagon were a white man, a white woman, a black woman and the driver, who was not described. A stolen car matched the description of the Mercedes, which was found abandoned in Mountain View.

Theft: Someone stole a rented umbrella from Holbrook-Palmer Park on Watkins Avenue. The ivory-colored umbrella was 9 feet high and free-standing, with a brown pole, and was being used by Bianchini's Market for a catered event at the park. Estimated loss: $90. July 15.

Fireworks turned in: A Euclid Avenue resident turned in two bags of "various fireworks" that had been in the possession of his son. Police gave the fireworks to firefighters of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District. July 4.



Auto burglaries:

> In three incidents at Bedwell Bayfront Park, thieves broke into three vehicles and two purses and stole a wallet containing $1,400 in cash. Estimated losses: $2,737. Reported at 9:22 and 9:37 a.m. and 2:22 p.m. on July 19.

> Someone smashed a rear passenger window of a vehicle parked in the 2900 block of Sand Hill Road and stole a backpack, wallet, credit cards, $100 in cash, glasses, an ice chest and hand tools. Estimated loss: $474. July 18.


> Someone stole three unlocked bicycles from the front yard of a house on San Mateo Drive. Estimated loss: $2,700. July 12.

> In separate incidents, thieves made off with two bikes that had been locked to the bike rack in front of the public library on Alma Street. Estimated losses: $500 and $300. July 11 and July 18.

> Someone stole a bike locked to a bike rack in front of the Arrillaga gym on Alma Street. Estimated loss: $450. July 15.

> A backpack was stolen from an apartment carport on Arbor Road. Inside were a sleeping bag and a camp stove. Estimated loss: $400. July 17.

> Someone stole a mountain bike locked to a bike rack on Laurel Street in the vicinity of the West Bay Sanitary District offices. Estimated loss: $300. July 10.

> A bike was stolen from the breezeway of a house on Elm Street. Estimated loss: $200. July 10.

> A bike secured by a cable lock outside an apartment complex on Middle Avenue was stolen after someone removed the lock by means unknown. Also stolen: a package containing a computer part. Estimated losses: $325. July 9.

> A man who had been sleeping in his vehicle in the vicinity of Bedwell Bayfront Park on Marsh Road awoke to find a man reaching into his front passenger-side window. The man, who was grabbing the vehicle owner's backpack as the owner yelled at him, dropped the backpack and ran off. Police are looking for a Hispanic man about 25 years old with a full beard, about 6 feet tall and weighing 180 pounds. At the time, he was wearing dark clothing and dark glasses with gold frames. July 10.

> Someone stole two patio chairs from the deck of a house on Oliver Court. Estimated loss: $20. July 12.


> A woman entered the Wells Fargo Bank on Santa Cruz Avenue and attempted to cash a check for $1,540. The teller learned that the check was from a flagged account and stepped away to contact the account holder, at which point the woman grabbed the check and "quickly" left the building. July 21.

> Police arrested a North Highlands man and a Sacramento woman seen on University Drive asking for monetary donations for a fictitious organization, the New Horizon Homeless Coalition Charity, police said. July 16.

Injury accident: A bicyclist crossing Bayfront Expressway against a red light at Chilco Street was struck by a side mirror on a 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe and ejected from his bike. Medics took the rider to the hospital for a complaint of pain in his chest and non-life-threatening injuries. July 16.

— Dave Boyce

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