Police calls: 450-pound safe stolen from Atherton home


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: A resident of Irving Avenue came home to find the glass smashed on the double doors to the first-floor master bedroom and a 450-pound tan-colored safe stolen. In the safe were jewelry and documents, police said. March 17.



Theft: Someone stole a wallet from a bag when the bag's owner stepped away from a desk in the 3100 block of Woodside Road. No estimate on losses. March 12.



Auto burglary: A thief smashed a window on a vehicle parked at Alpine Road and Piers Lane – the Stanford Dish parking lot – and stole clothing and cash. Estimated loss: $2,900. March 1.

Theft: Someone stole a package from in front of a house on Cedar Avenue. No estimate on losses. March 6.



Impersonation: At the Rosewood Hotel on Sand Hill Road, police arrested a 53-year-old Palo Alto man alleged to have purchased badges to portray himself as someone he was not: a San Francisco police officer and/or an FBI agent. The man wore the badges so they could be seen, spoke with patrons as if he were an officer, and used the badges "to meet women," police said. March 22.

Dog bite: A pit bull residing on Sevier Avenue escaped containment in the backyard, came out to the front of the house and bit a mail carrier in the thigh as the carrier was walking up the driveway to deliver the mail. The dog's owner was home at the time, police said. Medics treated the mail carrier for a puncture wound. The Peninsula Humane Society is reviewing the case. March 16.

Commercial burglaries:

• Thieves broke a window in the kitchen at the Allied Arts Guild on Arbor Road and stole food, wine and beer from the kitchen and a nearby storage unit, which was also broken into. They also broke into an office in an adjacent building and stole a laptop computer. Estimated losses: $5,650. March 28.

• Two women carrying black shopping bags walked out of Walgreens pharmacy on Santa Cruz Avenue with about 40 boxes of allergy medicine that they hadn't paid for. Police are looking for two black women in their late teens to early 20s, one wearing a black puffy jacket, gray jogging pants and a red bandanna in her hair, and the other wearing a black zip-up sweatshirt and black tights with a white stripe down the side. Estimated loss: $1,600. March 25.


• Someone cut a lock at a construction site on Facebook Way and stole three spot welders. Estimated loss: $8,100. March 17.

• A thief made off with a wedding ring from a home on Noel Drive. Estimated loss: $3,800. March 29.

• A thief stole a bike from a storage area at an apartment complex on Haven Avenue. Estimated loss: $1,400. March 15.

• Police arrested and booked an employee of Petco at 515 El Camino Real on theft charges. The employee allegedly admitted to police the theft of $1,291.75. March 21.

• A laptop computer was stolen from a desk at Redlock Inc. on Jefferson Drive. No estimate on loss. March 27.

• Police arrested and booked an employee of the Jack in the Box restaurant at 1401 Willow Road on theft charges. The employee allegedly admitted stealing around $980, police said. March 24.

• Someone stole a leaf blower from the back of a truck parked on Pope Street. Estimated loss: $900. March 16.

• A motorized bike was stolen from the basement of an office building in the 1000 block of El Camino Real. Estimated loss: $600. March 28.

• A man left his cellphone unattended at a location on Bohannon Drive and it was gone when he returned to retrieve it. Estimated loss: $287. March 28.

• A locked bike was stolen from a bike rack on Elder Avenue. Estimated loss: $200. March 20.

• A thief entered an unlocked vehicle parked on Middle Avenue and stole a multi-tool, a paper pad and a key. Estimated loss:$52. March 21.

• Police arrested two juveniles on suspicion of having stolen cosmetics from the CVS pharmacy at 700 El Camino Real. Police recovered the cosmetics. One suspect was released to her mother; the other, a runaway from a receiving home, was booked into Juvenile Hall. March 26.

• Someone stole two bottles of spa cleaner from the front porch of a home on Ringwood Avenue. Estimated loss: $40. March 22.

Auto burglaries:

• The owner of a vehicle parked in the 500 block of El Camino Real found a side window smashed on her car and a backpack stolen from the floorboard inside. In the backpack were her wallet, a book, paperwork and an iPad. Estimated loss: $1,192. March 16.

• A thief entered a locked vehicle parked on Oak Grove Avenue by means unknown and stole the owner's gym bag, a pair of boxing gloves, a pair of shin guards, elbow pads, shoes, a first aid kit and several CDs in a case. Estimated loss: $470. March 27.

• Someone smashed a window on a vehicle parked at Bedwell Bayfront Park and stole a jacket, two dresses and a kitchen mat. Estimated loss: $295. March 19.


• A resident of Sharon Park Drive told police that someone claiming to be with Apple tech support called her and advised her that her computer and her cellphone had been hacked, and that to repair them required her to buy $250 in Apple gift cards and provide the card numbers to the caller, which she did. March 22.

• A resident of Felton Drive told police that someone used a fraudulent PayPal account to purchase something from the resident, and that the fraud wasn't discovered until after the package had been sent. March. 25.

• A resident of Monte Rosa Drive told police that someone had hacked into her Facebook account to request that her friends send her money. No loss. March 20.


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Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Apr 6, 2018 at 10:20 am

Never buy a safe on wheels.

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Posted by Deleted Comments?
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on Apr 6, 2018 at 2:09 pm

Almanac, Why do you delete people's comments? I've seen the censorship of individual but I had this open in my browser window and notice that more than a few comments had been completely deleted. Is this not a forum for public Comments?

[Editor's Note: This is indeed a forum for public comments, but comments posted in a particular thread should be related to the thread's topic. One comment that was removed was completely off-topic; the second removed post was by a tiresome but persistent troll; and the third removed post was taken down not because any rule had been broken but because it was in response to the troll's post, and because that post had been removed, the response would not have made sense to readers.]

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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Apr 6, 2018 at 2:49 pm

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