Police calls: West Menlo Park woman sends $9,800 to bogus NY police official


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.


Fraud: In the interest of having her "grandson" released from jail, an elderly woman living in the 1800 block of Valparaiso Avenue bought $9,800 in iTune gift cards and turned over the access numbers to someone on the phone claiming to be from the "New York Police Department." She later found out that her grandson had not been arrested and then called the Sheriff's Office. July 25.


Residential burglary: Someone entered a house in the 4700 block of Alpine Road, rummages through the residence and stole a pillow case. Estimated loss: $50. July 25.


Accident report: Medics and firefighters attended to a bicyclist who had fallen in the roadway in the vicinity of Mountain Home Road and Portola Road. Medics took him to the hospital for a complaint of pain to his left elbow. The accident did not involve a collision, deputies said. July 31.


Residential burglaries:

■ Using a rock to break a window near the front door of a house in the 1100 block of Santa Cruz Avenue, a thief entered the home and stole jewelry, a video surveillance camera, and a computer. Estimated losses: $1,800. July 29.

■ Someone broke into an apartment in the 1300 block of Willow Road and stole a wallet, including the resident's ID, credit cards and $400 in cash. Estimated losses: $451. Aug. 4.

Auto burglary: The owner of a vehicle parked at Bedwell Bayfront Park at the eastern end of Marsh Road told police that his vehicle had been locked in reporting the theft of his wallet. There were no signs of forced entry. In the wallet were a driver's license, credit cards and $250 in cash. Estimated losses: $279. July 30.


■ A thief stole a trailer attached to a bicycle parked at the side of a house on Hoover Street. Estimated loss: $300. July 30.

■ A man described as being in his late 20s, 6 feet tall and of a slender build pocketed some $30 worth of items while in Menlo Park Ace Hardware on Santa Cruz Avenue and walked around inside the store before leaving without paying for the merchandise. An employee who had been following the man around the store confronted him at the doorway, but the man kept going and left the store. He was described as African American, wearing a dark cap, a black hoodie and gray shorts, police said. July 30.


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