Menlo Park police calls: Peacemakers break up assaults


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



• Two women who had been conversing while having their nails done in a salon on Willow Road were later involved in a physical fight with each other, police said. One of the women left the salon, but came back and accused the other woman -- who was outside smoking a cigarette -- of having taken money from her purse. The woman with the cigarette denied the accusation and a fight ensued, initiated by the accuser, police said. Three men on the scene separated the two whereupon the accusing woman returned to her vehicle and drove off. The woman smoking suffered minor scratches on her nose and declined medical attention. Police are looking for a light-skinned black woman in her 50s or 60s, about 5 feet 3 inches tall, weighing between 100 and 120 pounds and wearing blue jeans. Oct. 1.

• An altercation between two dogs in the vicinity of La Entrada School on Sharon Road led to an altercation between their owners that involved one woman punching the other in the head. One dog allegedly ran up and attacked the other. The owner of the dog attacked kicked the attacking dog to fend it off, and the owner of the attacking dog allegedly responded by striking in the head with her fist the woman who had defended her dog, police said. A man on the scene separated them. Police are looking for an Asian woman about 25 years old with black hair, weighing about 100 pounds and wearing a pink sweatsuit. The report did not describe the dogs. Oct. 2.

Residential burglary: A thief entered a home on Pope Street, probably through an unlocked rear door, and stole a laptop computer and a jewel box containing about 30 pieces of jewelry. Estimated loss: $30,000. Oct. 6.

Auto burglary: Police arrested a man in possession of a small handsaw on suspicion of petty theft and possession of burglary tools. The arrest was made in connection with someone having tried to cut a cable lock that was securing an air compressor to the bed of a pickup truck parked in the 1100 block of Willow Road. Oct. 2.



Residential burglary: A gardener discovered a broken window on a detached garage of a home on James Avenue. Police have no leads. Sept. 29.


• Someone stole a laptop computer from a bag at Menlo School on Valparaiso Avenue. Estimated loss: $1,300. Sept. 28.

• A thief cut a cable lock and stole a black-and-white Trek Domane bicycle at Menlo-Atherton High School at 555 Middlefield Road. Estimated loss: $1,300. Sept. 19.


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