Police calls: Losses exceed $54K in two Menlo Park home burglaries


This information is based on reports from the Menlo Park and Atherton 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.


Residential burglaries:

• Thieves kicked in the front door of a home on Marmona Drive and stole two cameras, a computer, a tablet computer and jewelry. Estimated loss: $33,450. Nov. 27.

• Someone entered a storage locker in the 1500 block of Willow Road and stole clothing, handbags and shoes. There were no signs of a break-in. Estimated loss: $20,744. Nov. 27.

• Someone broke into an apartment, damaging the front door frame in the process, but took nothing. Nov. 21.

Commercial burglary: Police arrested two women, from East Palo Alto and Los Angeles, on suspicion of shoplifting from the Safeway supermarket at 525 El Camino Real. The unpaid-for merchandise, food and alcohol had a value of over $300. Nov. 23.


• A man and a woman were seen on a surveillance camera stealing five bottles of Hennessy cognac from BevMo! at 700 El Camino Real. The woman distracted employees while the man concealed the bottles inside his pants, police said. Estimated loss: $220. Nov. 23.

• Two men stole four bottles of Hennessy cognac out of gift boxes at BevMo! at 700 El Camino Real. Estimated loss: $176. Nov. 23.

• A woman shopping at Trader Joe's supermarket on Menlo Avenue told police that someone took her wallet from inside her purse, which she said was open as she shopped. Estimated loss: $60. Nov. 23.

• An employee of the Safeway supermarket at 525 El Camino Real chased three woman through the parking lot on suspicion that they had left the store with unpaid for baby formula and hygiene products. The women allegedly dropped the stolen items while running, and two of the three fled in a vehicle. Police said they issued a citation to the third woman. No losses. Nov. 23.



Traffic accidents:

• A deputy checking out an unoccupied vehicle parked against a tree along Espinosa Road followed a "disturbance" in the earth, shone his flashlight over an embankment and heard moaning from down in the ravine. Medics rescued a woman and took her to Stanford Hospital. Nov. 7.

• Two vehicles headed in opposite directions collided on La Honda Road near Grandview Drive when the eastbound vehicle slid out of control while negotiating a curve, damaging the fender of the westbound vehicle. Nov. 5.

• A driver headed west on La Honda Road drove into a tree about one-third mile beyond the intersection with Portola Road. The driver abandoned the vehicle, and authorities had it towed. Nov. 6.

• A woman lost control of her vehicle and it went down an embankment near La Honda and Portola roads. There were no injuries, deputies said. Nov. 6.



Prowler: Police arrested and booked Vito Ferrara, 32, of San Francisco on suspicion of prowling, attempted theft from a vehicle, and possession of burglary tools in connection with several 911 calls to police about a man entering properties on Marsh Road. Nov. 20.


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Dave Boyce


8 people like this
Posted by Upper ELake
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Nov 29, 2016 at 11:18 am

Good, they got the baby food thieves, they've been at it for a long time

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