Police calls: Shoplifting figures in several recent incidents in Menlo Park


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.


Commercial burglary: Police were called to CVS pharmacy at 700 El Camino Real in responding to a report of a crime in progress, then arrested and booked into Hillcrest juvenile facility two teenagers on suspicion of burglary and possession of burglary tools. A third teen ran off and could not be found. Both girls wore concealed sacks around their waists, and a search of one turned up items with a total value of about $2,500, police said. The other girl's sack and purse were empty. Police determined that one girl had been acting as a lookout. Sept. 28.


• Someone stole a bike locked to the bike rack in front of the public library on Alma Street. Estimated loss: $600. Sept. 26.

• A thief made off with a bike locked to a bike rack outside the entrance to the Burgess Park swimming pool. Estimated loss: $500. Sept. 26.

• A thief stole two packages containing children's clothing from the front porch of a home on Seminary Drive. Estimated loss: $420. Sept. 27.

• A man walked into Trader Joe's supermarket on Menlo Avenue and walked out with a bottle of tequila that he had not paid for. An employee pursuing the man saw the man get into the back seat of a waiting vehicle that police located a short time later, but without making an arrest. An investigation is ongoing. Estimated loss: $39. Sept. 25.

• Two men walked out of the Safeway supermarket at 525 El Camino Real with two unpaid-for six-packs of Mike's Hard Lemonade and fled before officers arrived on the scene. Estimated loss: $20. Sept. 23.

• A woman walked out of the Safeway supermarket at 525 El Camino Real with several items she hadn't paid for. Police were not given an estimate of losses, but were told the woman was seen holding paper plates while entering a gray Saturn vehicle. Sept. 29.

Brandishing a weapon: A man exited a Nissan Maxima parked at Bedwell Bayfront Park on Marsh Road while holding what looked like a firearm, cocked the gun and fired a pellet into some grass. A pair of pedestrians nearby had the impression that the gun was real until it was discharged. Two people in the Maxima then exited the car and walked with the man with the pellet gun in the direction of the park. Sept. 22.

Assault with deadly weapon: One family member of a household in the 800 block of Cambridge Avenue and wielding a baseball bat allegedly threatened and injured another family member, then fled before police arrived. The threats included those of a life-threatening nature, and the injuries included a broken arm and minor bruises. Medics took the injured party to the hospital. The person accused of assault was upset over an issue with medication. Sept. 22.



Auto burglary: Two vehicles parked at the informal Dish parking lot at Alpine Road and Piers Lane were found with windows smashed and two purses and their contents stolen. No estimated on losses. Sept. 18.



Fraud: A woman deposited $1,800 in gift cards that she transferred to someone claiming to be a attorney acting on behalf of her granddaughter, who was said to be in a Miami jail and in need of bail money. The woman later talked with her granddaughter and realized she'd been scammed. Sept. 14.



Auto burglary: A man who parked his vehicle in the 500 block of Runnymede Road and went for a run returned to find a window smashed and a purse and a gym bag stolen. The contents of the gym bag included clothing and a diamond ring. Estimated losses: $2,990. Sept. 14.


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