Police calls: Burglar ransacks house but appears to take nothing


These reports are from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office and 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: Someone broke a window in a rear door of a guest house on Bridle Lane, ransacked the interior of the house but apparently did not take anything. Feb. 18.

Vandalism: A resident of Creek Trail told deputies that someone removed the lug nuts from all four wheels of the resident's vehicle. Estimated loss: $65. Feb. 14.



Auto burglary: A thief broke a window on a vehicle parked at Alpine Road and Piers Lane (satellite dish parking) and stole a purse from underneath the driver's seat. Estimated loss: $1,000. Feb. 16.



Commercial burglaries:

• Someone pried open the front door to Menlo Optical at 1166 University Drive and stole an estimated 56 pairs of sunglasses. Estimated loss: $19,600. Feb. 19.

• Three desktop computers were stolen from Milad Concierge Real Estate at 1160 University Drive after someone smashed the glass front door. Estimated loss: $5,600. Feb. 19.

• A thief smashed a window at Menlo Church at 1111 University Drive and stole computers. No estimate on losses. Feb. 22.

Residential burglaries:

• Someone pried open a residential garage door in the 2100 block of Sand Hill Road and stole tools and two bicycles. Estimated loss: $6,000. Feb. 9.

• A thief pried open a storage unit in a carport of an apartment complex on Roble Avenue and stole a bicycle. Estimated loss: $1,100. Feb. 10.

• Police arrested and booked into jail a Newark man and a Fremont man on suspicion of possession of burglary tools; the Fremont man is also under suspicion of prowling, resisting arrest and conspiracy. Police found the two men at a home under construction on East Creek Drive, picking up one man in front of the residence and the other from inside a portable outhouse. Feb. 21.

Auto burglary: Thieves stole batteries from four vehicles parked on O'Keefe Street, and a stereo deck from one of the vehicles. The steering column in one of the vehicles had also been tampered with. Estimated loss: $430. Feb. 13.


• A thief entered an unlocked vehicle parked on Tehama Avenue and stole four pairs of sunglasses and a bracelet. Estimated loss: $2,750. Feb. 21.

• A woman eating at Amici's East Coast Pizzeria on Santa Cruz Avenue reported the theft of her wallet from her purse, which had been hanging on the back of her chair. Estimated loss: $1,100. Feb. 21.

• Someone stole a bike from Hillview Middle School. Estimated loss: $540. Feb. 14.

• A thief shoplifted several items from Gitane Freedom of Style clothing store at 855 Santa Cruz Ave. while the store was open for business. No estimate on losses. Feb. 20.

Hit-and-run incident: A man was walking his bike in a crosswalk across Hamilton Avenue at Willow Road when a driver in a black SUV passing through the intersection struck the bike's front tire, sending it to the ground. The driver fled and the man with the bike complained of pain to his wrist, but did not require transport to a hospital, police said. Feb. 13.


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