Police calls: Woman's purse stolen from carport while her back was turned


This information is from the Menlo Park 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.



• A thief wearing a hooded sweatshirt and a hat stole a purse from the carport of a Waverley Street apartment while the purse's owner was standing nearby with her back turned. In the purse were a cellphone, a laptop computer, her wallet, cosmetics, sunglasses and prescription glasses. Estimated loss: $3,237. March 3.

• Someone stole a locked bicycle from the Hillview School parking lot on Elder Avenue. Estimated loss: $1,000. March 4.

• A cyclist left his bike unlocked in front of a store at Willow Road and Newbridge Street. After shopping in the store, he came out to find that his bike had been stolen. Estimated loss: $600. March 6.

• A wallet and other items were stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked on Roble Avenue. Estimated loss: $203. March 9.

• A patron of the Menlo Park Library told police that someone stole his backpack while he was sleeping in the library. Inside the backpack were a knife and a USB device. Estimated loss: $92.

• A resident of Elm Street told police that someone had entered his unlocked vehicle and stolen his garage door opener. Estimated loss: $20. March 7.

• A resident of Woodland Avenue found that her locked mailbox had been pried open and some unknown amount of mail stolen. March 8.

Stolen vehicle: A silver 2000 Honda Civic from a parking garage on Linfield Drive. March 3.

Residential burglary: Someone stole a camera, two video game players, four medallions and a laptop computer from a home on Pierce Road. Estimated loss: $2,769. March 6.

Auto burglary: After smashing a window of a vehicle parked at Bedwell Bayfront Park on Marsh Road, someone stole a purse containing a cellphone, keys, credit cards, a checkbook and $150 in cash. Estimated loss: $2,070. March 6.



Theft: A woman reported the theft of her wallet from her handbag and a later attempt to charge purchases valued at several hundred dollars on her credit card. Estimated loss: $1,080. March 3.


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Dave Boyce


1 person likes this
Posted by Tax paying resident
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Mar 19, 2017 at 9:25 pm

Where is MP PD?

Theft of locked and secured items from carports and storage lockers at night is rampant, but ominously we never read about these on here (except some petty crimes).
MP PD is nowhere to be seen after dark in Central Menlo (walking my dog late I have maybe seen MPPD once during the last 5 years).

Are renters who don't own second class citizens who don't get protection?

Or are theft/burglary just the price we have to pay on top of the fabulous taxes?

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