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Portola Valley: Burglar stole $90,000 in cash from home, deputies say

 

A detail has been made public in the case of a residential burglary on Zapata Way in Portola Valley (first reported in a March 6 email to the community from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office): the burglar got away with $90,000 in cash, according to a brief entry in a Sheriff's Office crime log.

In the email, sheriff's deputies said the burglary occurred sometime between Feb. 28 and March 3 and showed no signs of forced entry into the home.

Neither the email nor the log entry says where in the house the money had been or how it had been packaged. Deputies did advise residents to "secure all valuables in a safe or a bank, if appropriate" and to "be aware of their surroundings."

The Sheriff's Office has not yet responded to a request for details.

Deputies said they had no leads on a suspect and are asking anyone with information to call the Sheriff's Office anonymous tip line at 1-800-547-2700.

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Dave Boyce

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12 people like this
Posted by Neighbor writer
a resident of Corte Madera School
on Mar 12, 2018 at 1:35 pm

Seriously...Why not put "undisclosed amount"? I would advise the Sheriff's office not to disclose the amount involved in a residential burglary. When was the last time you saw an amount stolen in a bank robbery?


8 people like this
Posted by Janet
a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Weekend Acres
on Mar 12, 2018 at 2:01 pm

Anyone keeping $90K around the house is asking for trouble. I don't have too much sympathy for them


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Posted by resident
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Mar 12, 2018 at 2:16 pm

Janet:
Please don't suggest that simply because the neighbor had that kind of money there was some sort of problem with it. There are a few legitimate reasons for having cash on hand for business purposes or if you don't trust banks.

Many people in the Bay Area hold considerable assets themselves. It's not rare.


There is however no good reason to publish details of a crime like that.

Foul on you Almanac. Crime is bad enough without highlighting opportunities.


2 people like this
Posted by Janet
a resident of Corte Madera School
on Mar 12, 2018 at 2:28 pm

Janet: Let's not blame the victim. If you are in the circulation area of this news outlet, you are put at risk when specifics of a crime such as this are published. Others are to blame here, the criminal first and foremost!


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Posted by Steve_J
a resident of another community
on Mar 12, 2018 at 3:05 pm

Steve_J is a registered user.

Not very bright to have that kind of cash around the house.


4 people like this
Posted by actual resident
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Mar 12, 2018 at 6:08 pm

Honestly, do none of you have valuable jewelry, watches, or other items that might add up to a significant amount? Computers? Stereo equipment? For all you know, they were about to buy a car with cash. Since there was no evidence of forced entry, it does lend credence that someone knew about it ahead of time, and swiped it while the owners were away for the weekend.

Let's not blame the victims here.


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Posted by Keep PV broke
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on Mar 12, 2018 at 8:45 pm

Thank heavens that the $90000 is going to pay for.the license plate readers!

That will make PV sooooooo safe!

Oh, wait a sec....


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Posted by Keep PV broke
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on Mar 12, 2018 at 8:48 pm

BTW... A lot of folks pay with cash these days. Some are forced to deal in cash, even for legal transactions. Dispensaries, growers....


3 people like this
Posted by Sure
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on Mar 13, 2018 at 12:32 am

Also plenty of reasons to think of when it may be advantageous that moneys or other small highly valuable assets (jewelry) are officially no longer associated with the original owner.

Then the miraculous burglary/theft out of thin air and without a trace is a popular option.


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