Menlo Park police calls: Soup and bottles of bitters among shoplifted items


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.



■ A man prepared himself a bowl of hot soup with a bread roll to accompany it at the Safeway supermarket at 525 El Camino Real, then "walked by all points of sale" and left the store without having paid for the food. He fled on foot. Estimated loss: $4.50. Sept. 20.

■ A woman entered the Beverages and More liquor store at 700 El Camino Real, picked up four bottles of bitters from a shelf and attempted to "return" them for a refund. After she was denied a refund, she left the store with the bottles of bitters but without having paid for them. Estimated loss: $30. Sept. 22.

■ A man walked out of Draeger's Market on University Drive with several bottles of alcoholic beverages, but was stopped, cited by police and released. No loss. Sept. 16.

■ A thief stole a bike from a bike rack in front of Burgess public swimming pool in Burgess Park. Estimated loss: $400. Sept. 22.

■ A man was seen walking out of the Safeway supermarket at 525 El Camino Real with 22 packs of batteries that he hadn't paid for, then fleeing the scene before police arrived. Estimated loss: $335. Sept. 21.

■ Someone took a coin purse and the contents of a purse, including $40 in cash, a debit card and insurance cards, from a room at the Atherton Regency rehabilitation center on Crane Street. Sept. 20.

Residential burglary: Someone kicked in the front door of a home on Euclid Avenue and stole a laptop computer. Estimated loss: $1,500. Sept. 23.


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Dave Boyce


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