Sheriff's deputies were on the scene today (Tuesday, Oct. 18) investigating another residential burglary in the Alpine Hills neighborhood of Portola Valley. A "residential alarm call" came in at about 10:50 a.m. from a home on Golden Oak Drive, deputies said.
It's not clear whether the house was occupied while the burglars were there.
Town Manager Jeremy Dennis reported around 3 p.m. today that a Sheriff Office's plane "has been flying over town for the last few hours in conjunction with the burglary earlier today."
The San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services issued an alert about the burglary shortly after noon advising residents to lock their doors and window, and to report suspicious activity to the Sheriff's Office.
Tensions about property crime in the community are elevated. While the crime rate in town is not high relative to other communities and lower than the high in 2014, the Alpine Hills neighborhood is the scene of two home-invasion robberies by armed men this year, one in June and the other on Oct. 13.
The town is enabling the set up of neighborhood watch organizations, and the Sheriff's Office has added an extra team of three detectives and a sergeant to patrol localities in town where crime has been more common.
An online petition is circulating asking the Town Council to reconsider a recent decision to not install fixed automatic license-plate-reading cameras to monitor traffic in and out of town.