Menlo Park police calls: Burglar takes jewelry, cash, bonds


This information is based on reports from the Menlo Park Police Department. Under the law, people charged with offenses are considered innocent unless convicted. Police received the reports on the dates shown.


Residential burglaries:

■ Someone entered a home on Sharon Park Drive and stole a gold necklace, emeralds, $500 in cash, $300 in foreign currency and U. S. savings bonds. Estimated loss: $29,100. Sept. 9.

■ A resident of Sand Hill Circle told police that, in a cold case, someone went through her jewelry collection and stole two brooches. Estimated loss: $11,500. Aug. 29.

■ A burglar entered an unlocked garage on Hollyburne Avenue and stole two tablet computers, an e-book reader and a shopping bag. Estimated loss: $1,100. Aug. 30.

Commercial burglary: Someone smashed the front window of Transcriptic, a provider of robotic services in the cloud, and stole four laptop computers. Estimated loss: $4,400. Aug. 30.

Auto burglaries:

■ Four burglaries were reported in the 600 block of Oak Grove Avenue, all involving smashed windows. From one vehicle, the thief or thieves stole a tablet computer, shoes, eyeglasses and a backpack for an estimated loss of $1,000; the second and third incidents involved the theft of computer bags for losses in each case of $200; the fourth incident involved the theft of a backpack, a lunch bag and notes for a loss of $102.

■ A vehicle parked on Crane Street and found with a window smashed was also missing a laptop computer, a briefcase, and car and house keys. Estimated loss: $700. Sept. 9.

■ A burglar entered an unlocked vehicle parked in the 400 block of Ravenswood Avenue and stole a charging device, two pairs of shoes and clothing. Estimated loss: $775. Sept. 9.


■ Someone stole a locked bike from the common garage of an apartment on University Drive. Estimated loss: $1,100. Sept. 8.

■ A thief stole a bike parked and locked on some stairs at an apartment on Coleman Avenue. Estimated loss: $1,000. Sept. 8.

■ Someone stole a bike locked to the bike rack at the public library on Alma Street. Estimated loss: $900. Sept. 8.

■ A thief or thieves made off with two bikes sitting unlocked in front of the Starbucks coffee shop on Santa Cruz Avenue. Estimated losses: $850 and $750. Sept. 8.

■ Someone stole a bike from the patio of an apartment on Roble Avenue. Estimated loss: $615. Aug. 29.

■ Someone stole a package containing a computer monitor from the front porch of a home on Windermere Avenue. Estimated loss: $355. Sept. 8.

■ A man discovered he'd dropped his wallet while emerging from his vehicle and found that the wallet was gone when he returned after five minutes to retrieve it. Estimated loss: $30. Aug. 30.

■ A man entered the Beverages and More liquor store at 700 El Camino Real and walked out with a unpaid for bottle of brandy. Estimated loss: $12. Aug. 26.

■ Safeway supermarket management told police that a former employee walked out of the store with an unpaid for tube of Neosporin. Estimated loss: $7.99. Aug. 27.

■ A patron of the public library noticed her wallet missing from her purse and, suspecting someone standing nearby had taken it, demanded that it be returned. The suspect pointed to the wallet sitting on a shelf nearby. The wallet's owner found that nothing had been taken. Aug. 29.

Traffic accident: The driver of a 2016 Jeep Compass heading north on Evelyn Street and stopped at the intersection with Santa Cruz Avenue made a right turn at Santa Cruz and collided with a pedestrian crossing Santa Cruz in the crosswalk. Medics took the pedestrian to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries after she complained of pain in her shoulders and neck.


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Posted by Wondering?
a resident of Woodside: other
on Sep 14, 2016 at 12:09 pm

I am so disappointed in our local police and Sheriff departments. They spend an inordinate amount of time writing speeding tickets, when they should be actively engaged in solving crimes. I don't understand their lack of focus on CRIME!

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Posted by Get Real
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Sep 14, 2016 at 12:23 pm

Wondering --- I couldn't disagree more, and I'm sure any families with children / teeagers using bikes to travel to local schools would join me---speeding and distracted driving in our city and residential area puts lives at risk. Improving that situation is more important to me than trying to chase down some low-life that has run off with a few hundred / thousand dollars worth of property. Tickets are a proven deterrent.

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Posted by Joe
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Sep 14, 2016 at 1:21 pm

Real: Thieves are breaking into our homes and cars, stealing our bikes and computers--and anything else valuable that's handy--and you're disappointed in the police?! I'm beyond disappointed that there are people out there who would do this. Besides taking our property, they are ruining the friendly, neighborly feel of Menlo. Taking bikes LOCKED at the library and from cars at the clinic for Pete's sake! (Altho I agree the parking police are overzealous in their job performance. Annoying, too.)

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Posted by Joe
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Sep 14, 2016 at 1:56 pm

(I have been Joe from Allied Arts for some years, which I say so as not to confuse me with the previous person who posted.)

A note on stolen bikes: Locked bikes stolen from bike racks may be vulnerable because the owners are using locks that are such in name only. Unless it's a lock as as tough as a Kryptonite lock, a thief can cut through it in a few seconds.

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Posted by SteveC
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Sep 14, 2016 at 2:23 pm

SteveC is a registered user.

The best part of all of this crime waive to how easy it was to steal the items. Left in cars, doors/window left unlocked. May as well leave neon lights to indicate hit this car/house.

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Posted by Calypso41
a resident of another community
on Sep 14, 2016 at 3:57 pm

Calypso41 is a registered user.

I hope the wallet suspect received an abject apology!

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Posted by Superman
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Sep 14, 2016 at 8:47 pm

Kryptonite locks can be easily broken. All you need is a little liquid nitrogen, a hammer and light tap and watch the lock shatter. It is mere child's play.

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Posted by Joel
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Sep 15, 2016 at 9:55 am

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