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Police calls: Laser pointed at aircraft in Woodside/Portola Valley area

 

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.

PORTOLA VALLEY

Laser incident: Sheriff's office dispatchers received a report of someone pointing a green laser at a flying aircraft -- a federal crime -- from somewhere in the area of Woodside and Portola Valley. Sept. 9.

WOODSIDE

Commercial burglary: Someone entered a locked locker room at Canada Community College and stole two Apple cellphones and two wallets (containing a total of $160) from soccer players while the team was in the field playing. Sept. 9.

LADERA

Drunken driving: After making a traffic stop in the 3100 block of Alpine Road, a deputy conducted a sobriety test on the driver, then cited and arrested the driver after he failed the test. He is suspected of involvement in a hit-and-run incident. Sept. 11.

MENLO PARK

Auto burglaries:

■ There were no indications of forced entry in an incident in which someone stole a cellphone and a wallet, including $320 in cash, from a locked vehicle parked at Bedwell Bayfront Park on Marsh Road. Estimated loss: $826. Sept. 16.

■ Someone stole a cellphone charger, speakers and a bag from a vehicle parked on Peggy Lane. Estimated loss: $60. Sept. 14.

Thefts:

■ A thief stole a bike locked to a bike rack in front of the public library on Alma Street. Estimated loss: $3,500. Sept. 13.

■ Someone stole a bag containing a laptop computer and a tablet computer from an unlocked vehicle parked on Timothy Lane. Estimated loss: $1,520. Sept. 13.

■ A woman in her 20s with short blonde hair is suspected of having stolen baby formula from the Safeway supermarket on Sharon Park Drive. Estimated loss: $500. Sept. 13.

■ Someone stole a cellphone from beside a man sleeping on the ground in the parking plaza behind the U. S. post office on Oak Grove Avenue. Estimated loss: $300. Sept. 12.

■ Two wicker chairs were reported stolen from the backyard of an unoccupied home in the 700 block of Cambridge Avenue. Estimated loss: $200. Sept. 9.

Fraud: Someone with a "private video" of a resident of Olive Street contacted the resident via Skype and Facebook and threatened to make the video public unless the victim handed over $10,000. So far, there has been no exchange of money, police said. Sept. 13.

WEST MENLO PARK

Suspicious circumstances:

■ A resident of the 2100 block of Sand Hill Road told deputies that a man was repeatedly "hitting the button" trying to open a gate to the property, but fled when confronted by the resident. Sept. 11.

■ Responding to a report of a man having hopped a fence into private property in the 2100 block of Sand Hill Road, a deputy found a man on the property. After advising him of the impropriety of being on a private property without permission and to be in possession of other people's mail, the deputy arrested the man. Sept. 5.

ATHERTON

Auto burglary: Someone entered an unlocked vehicle parked at Menlo-Atherton High School at 555 Middlefield Road and stole a wallet containing credit cards. Sept. 16.

Theft: Someone stole a cellphone from the back pocket of someone else attending a football game at Menlo-Atherton High School. Estimated loss: $300. Sept. 16.

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