Police calls: Burglaries, thefts in Menlo Park


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.


Residential burglary: After breaking a front window on a house on Pierce Road, a burglar stole jewelry and two pads of checks. Estimated loss: $7,500. Oct. 26.

Commercial burglary: Police arrested and booked into jail a Redwood City woman on charges that included burglary after she allegedly stole several pieces of merchandise (recovered) from the CVS pharmacy at 700 El Camino Real. Police also found heroin in her possession. Oct. 23.

Auto burglaries: Two vehicles parked at Bedwell Bayfront Park on Marsh Road were found with windows smashed and items stolen. In one case, a purse containing a credit/debit card, a medical card, gift cards and cosmetics, and in the other a wallet containing an ID and credit and debit cards. Estimated losses: $875 and $162. Oct. 27.


• A resident of Hollyburne Avenue found that someone had stolen approximately 100 avocados from a tree in the backyard. No estimate on losses. Oct. 24.

• Someone stole a backpack from an unlocked truck parked on Bay Laurel Road. Inside the backpack was a laptop computer. Estimated loss: $1,000. Oct. 24.

• A thief entered an unlocked vehicle parked on Merrill Street and stole paperwork and prescription eyeglasses from the glove box and console. Estimated loss: $1,000. Oct. 24.

• Someone stole two unlocked bikes parked next to a park bench at Willow Road and Coleman Avenue. Estimated loss: $1,000. Oct. 27.

• A thief stole a bike from the front porch of a home on University Drive. Estimated loss: $350. Oct. 24.

• A locked bike was stolen from an apartment complex on Mills Street. Estimated loss: $300. Oct. 23.

• Someone stole a scooter left unlocked in front of an apartment on Alma Street. Estimated loss: $40. Oct. 22.

• Police are investigating a case in which a former contract employee for Facebook may be selling company cellphones. Oct. 26.

• Three African American women allegedly stole baby formula from the Safeway supermarket at 525 El Camino Real and fled the scene in a brown hatchback. Oct. 27.

• A video surveillance camera showed a man leaving Menlo Park Ace Hardware with something square-shaped under his clothing. Oct. 23.

• A white man described as of average build and 6 feet 3 inches tall tried to leave the Safeway supermarket at 525 El Camino Real with merchandise he hadn't paid for, including shampoo and baby formula. He abandoned the merchandise when confronted by a store employee and fled the scene in a green Volkswagen convertible. Oct. 21.

• Campaign signs are being stolen from front yards all around the city. Police do not yet have leads. Oct. 21.


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