Police calls: Eight burglaries in Atherton, Portola Valley, Ladera


This information is based on reports from the Atherton Police Department and the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office. Under the law, those charged with offenses are considered innocent unless convicted. Police received the reports on the dates shown.


Residential burglaries:

■ Thieves entered a construction site on Atherton Avenue and stole a mobile toolbox with tools inside that included a chop saw and stand, a 10-inch gliding saw, a laser alignment tool and a jigsaw. A pair of bolt cutters were found at the scene. Estimated loss: $6,000. July 26.

■ A burglar broke through a deadbolt on the front door of a home on Maple Avenue and stole jewelry from the bedrooms. No estimate on losses. July 29.

Auto burglaries:

■ A black $500 Longchamp shoulder bag, a $100 gold Hobo wallet, credit cards and three pairs of Maui Jim sunglasses were stolen from a vehicle parked on De Bell Drive. When confronted by the person reporting the crime, the suspects got into a maroon Mercedes Benz and drove off toward Middlefield Road. Police are looking for a Hispanic man, a white man, a white woman with a ponytail and a black woman with her hair dyed blonde. July 24.

■ Thieves broke into two vehicles parked on San Benito Avenue and stole a laptop computer and fishing gear. July 24.

■ A blue backpack with a gray zipper was stolen from a vehicle parked on Rosewood Drive after the thief smashed a driver's side rear window with a rock. Estimated loss: $50. July 27.


■ Someone entered an unlocked vehicle in a garage on Magnolia Drive and stole a camera, an ultrasonic lens and brown cowboy boots. Estimated loss: $1,500. July 26.

■ A thief stole an eight-speed silver mountain bike from Menlo-Atherton High School at 555 Middlefield Road. Estimated loss: $550. July 27.


Residential burglaries:

■ A woman left her home on Golden Oak Drive to walk her dog and returned to find cabinet doors open inside the house and a laptop and purse stolen along with credit cards and $200 in cash. July 21.

■ Someone pried a screen from a side window of a home on Golden Oak Drive and stole two laptop computers. July 21.

Mountain lion sighting: An observer said he saw a mountain lion walk up to the front gate of a home in the 3000 block of Portola Road, then walked back to the road. July 19.


Commercial burglary: A burglar smashed a glass front door at Alpine Optometry at the Ladera Country Shopper mall at 3130 Alpine Road and stole 100 pairs of eyeglasses. The keys to the eyeglasses display case were found hanging from the display case door. Estimated loss: $15,000. July 19.


Theft: Someone stole a Fed Ex package containing tax information and the resident's Social Security number from the front porch of a home on Eleanor Drive. Estimated loss: $23. July 18.


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Posted by caroline V.
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Aug 10, 2016 at 2:32 pm

Thank you for a summary of recent burglaries.

Our law enforcement agents accepted this code of ethics:
3-1. Code of Ethics: To insure that all peace officers are fully aware of their individual responsibilities to maintain their own integrity and that of their agency, every peace officer, during basic training, or at the time of appointment, shall be administered the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics, as prescribed in Regulation 1013.

Code of Ethics

3-2. AS A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER, my fundamental duty is to serve mankind; to safeguard lives and property; to protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation, and the peaceful against violence or disorder; and to respect the Constitutional rights of all men to liberty, equality and justice.

I WILL keep my private life unsullied as an example to all; maintain courageous calm in the face of danger, scorn, or ridicule; develop self-restraint; and be constantly mindful of the welfare of others. Honest in thought and deed in both my personal and official life, I will be exemplary in obeying the laws of the land and the regulations of my department. Whatever I see or hear of a confidential nature or that is confided to me in my official capacity will be kept ever secret unless revelation is necessary in the performance of my duty.

I WILL never act officiously or permit personal feelings, prejudices, animosities or friendships to influence my decisions. With no compromise for crime and with relentless prosecution of criminals, I will enforce the law courteously and appropriately without fear or favor, malice or ill will, never employing unnecessary force or violence and never accepting gratuities.

I RECOGNIZE the badge of my office as a symbol of public faith, and I accept it as a public trust to be held so long as I am true to the ethics of the police service. I will constantly strive to achieve these objectives and ideals, dedicating myself before God1 to my chosen enforcement.

The California Association of Code Enforcement also lists the following through their website:
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"A Code Enforcement Officer is a sworn or non-sworn inspector, officer or investigator, employed by a city, or county, or city and county, who possesses specialized training in, and whose primary duties are the prevention, detection, investigation, and enforcement of violations of laws regulating public nuisance, public health, safety, and welfare, public works, business activities and consumer protection, building standards, land-use, or municipal affairs."

"Code Enforcement is the prevention, detection, investigation and enforcement of violations of statutes or ordinances regulating public health, safety, and welfare, public works, business activities and consumer protection, building standards, land-use, or municipal affairs."

It would be really nice to see this professional conduct reflected by the actions of our law enforcement agents........

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Posted by Roberto
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 11, 2016 at 10:53 am

Roberto is a registered user.

caroline V. I assume you are simply putting that there to create controversy. Hopefully the Almanac will ban you as you know as well as any human with reasonable intelligence that a bold statement about 'all' never portrays any level of accuracy. Hitler used to use the same argument as you that 'all' was reasonable.

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