Police calls: Person cited for flying drone with camera over Atherton home


These reports are 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.



Drone violation: Police contacted and stopped a person from operating a drone equipped with a camera that had been flying above a house on Adam Way. The city's code-enforcement officer will likely be citing the drone operator, police said. Oct. 5.

Shooting into a dwelling: A .40 caliber bullet fell from the sky and penetrated the roof and TV room ceiling of a house on Wilburn Avenue sometime in the last four months. Oct. 2.



Brandishing a weapon: A woman reported being followed by a man as she drove to a location on Glenwood Avenue. When she arrived and exited her car, the man allegedly approached her, brandished a knife and told her to get into his vehicle. She chose to run away, and the man drove off in a vehicle described only as "red." Police describe the suspect as overweight and between 5 feet, 8 inches, and 5 feet, 10 inches tall, with wavy black hair and a patchy beard. He was wearing a black sweater. Sept. 30.

Residential burglary: Someone used a tool to pry open a storage bunker, but the bunker was empty and nothing was stolen. Oct. 3.

Commercial burglary: Someone threw a rock through a window of an unoccupied business after hours in the 2800 block of Sand Hill Road and stole four laptop computers. No estimate on losses. Sept. 30.


• Three women reported the theft of their wallets from inside their purses while inside Cafe Borrone at 1010 El Camino Real. One purse was on a table; the other two were hanging on the backs of chairs, police said. The estimated losses were $800, $588 and $346. Oct. 3.

• A man reported leaving a fanny pack at the Menlo Medical Clinic on Crane Street and that it was gone when he returned the next day. Inside the pack were credit cards, a car key, a cellphone and $220 in cash. Estimated loss: $1,220. Sept. 29.

• Two tires and two rims were stolen from a vehicle parked in the 1100 block of Willow Road. Estimated loss: $600. Sept. 30.

• An unlocked bike was stolen from a driveway on Felton Drive. Estimated loss: $600. Oct. 1.

Fraud: A resident reported sending over $2,000 in gift cards to someone who called claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service and warning of a warrant for the resident's arrest if the gift card payments were not made. Oct. 5.

Stolen vehicle: A black Mazda CX9 SUV from the driveway of a home on Regal Court. Oct. 5.

Hit and run: One party to a collision in the 700 block of Willow Road gave the other party outdated insurance information and left the scene before divulging any personal information. The vehicles involved were a Plymouth and a Ford. Oct. 3.


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Posted by John H.
a resident of Portola Valley: Woodside Highlands
on Oct 11, 2017 at 2:07 pm

Re the Menlo Park Residential Burglary...The owners of that empty storage bunker sure were lucky nothing was stolen. They could have been cleaned out.....

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Posted by MCbt
a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on Oct 11, 2017 at 10:10 pm

Too many Felton Fables residents leave bicycles and expensive toys unlocked. Too bad!

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