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Atherton, Menlo Park police calls: Burglaries, thefts, scams

 

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.

ATHERTON

Residential burglary: A burglar forcibly opened a locked side door of a house on Serrano Drive at about 11:30 p.m., then fled without having taken anything after becoming aware of residents in the house. Oct. 24.

Thefts:

• A thief stole jewelry from a home on Walsh Road. The items stolen were earrings, a $45,000 bracelet of platinum and diamonds, and a gold bracelet. Oct. 16.

• A resident of Atherton Avenue informed police of the Sept. 29 theft of a woman's watch with diamonds embedded around the face and on the wrist band. Estimated loss: $7,000. Oct. 21.

• Students at Menlo School on Valparaiso Avenue reported the theft of nine laptop computers from unattended backpacks. Estimated loss: $14,400. Oct. 31.

• Someone stole a brown leather-and-mink jacket from an unlocked vehicle parked in a driveway on Normandy Lane. Estimated loss: $3,000. Nov. 5.

• Two bikes were stolen from the campus of Menlo-Atherton High School at 555 Middlefield Road: a black-and-green Scott Aspect bike from a bike cage, and a red-and-black Trek mountain bike. Estimated losses: $471 and $450. Nov. 2 and 3.

• A thief stole about $50 in cash from an unlocked vehicle parked on Toyon Road. Nov. 3.

• Someone stole mail and a mailbox from a home on Jennings Lane. Estimated losses from the stolen mail: $15. Nov. 3.

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MENLO PARK

Residential burglary: A thief entered an unlocked garage on Terminal Avenue and stole a circular saw, a chain saw and a trimmer. Estimated loss: $928. Nov. 4.

Auto burglary: A burglar broke the door lock on the front passenger side of a vehicle parked on Constitution Drive and stole a cellphone, clothing and three purses. Estimated loss: $635. Nov. 3.

Fraud:

• A resident of Monte Rosa Drive received a phone call from someone claiming that the resident's grandson had been arrested in Lima, Peru, and needed $8,000 to be released on bail. Following the caller's instructions, the resident bought the required amount in gift cards from Best Buy and gave the caller access to the cards. The resident later learned that his grandson had not been arrested. Oct. 30.

• A resident of Stone Pine Lane received a call from someone claiming to be a legal aid for his grandson who, the caller said, had been arrested in Ohio and needed $3,200 for bail. The resident sent the money via MoneyGram, but it turned out to be a scam. Oct. 31.

Thefts:

• Someone stole a woman's purse from a shopping cart as she was shopping at the Safeway supermarket at 525 El Camino Real. Included in her purse was a tablet computer, her wallet and its contents, her keys and $800 in cash. Estimated loss: $1,030. Nov. 2.

• A thief entered an unlocked vehicle parked in front of the Safeway supermarket on El Camino Real and stole a tablet computer. Estimated loss: $1,000. Oct. 29.

• A woman discovered her wallet had been stolen from a meeting room in a building in the 2800 block of Sand Hill Road. No estimate on losses. Nov. 3.

• A resident of Berkeley Avenue told police that someone had stolen a political sign (in support of Donald Trump) from the front yard. Oct. 31.

Hit and run incident: A bicyclist riding in the vicinity of Willow Road and Hamilton Avenue collided with the side of a late-model gray Kia Optima that had "turned in front of him," police said. The driver fled the scene and the police did not provide a description. The cyclist complained of pain, but medics did not take him to the hospital. Nov. 5.

Stolen vehicle: A black 1998 Honda CRV from the 500 block of El Camino Real. Nov. 1.

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