Police calls: Burglar breaks into bank with screwdriver


These reports are from the Menlo Park and Atherton police departments 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.



Commercial burglaries:

• Someone used a screwdriver to break into a branch of Silicon Valley Bank at 3000 Sand Hill Road and is alleged to have stolen a $10 roll of quarters and envelopes with unknown contents. The incident was captured on surveillance cameras. July 22.

• Thieves used a rock to smash a glass front door at the 76 gas station at 275 El Camino Real. Entering the store, they stole about $350 in cash and an undetermined number of "scratcher" lottery tickets. July 23.

Residential burglaries:

• Someone stole a bicycle, bike pump and bike lock from an unlocked carport on Ravenswood Avenue. Estimated loss: $320. July 29.

• A would-be burglar attempted to gain entry into a house on Sharon Oaks Drive, but was unsuccessful. July 29.

Auto burglary: A thief smashed a passenger side window of a car parked on Oak Court. Placed next to the vehicle was a collection of items that appeared to be taken from inside the vehicle, but nothing was reported stolen. July 30.


• A man told police that he left his wallet on a counter at a Starbucks on Hamilton Avenue and came back to find the wallet gone. He later found the wallet in the trash, but with $2,000 in cash missing. July 30.

• Someone stole an electric bike that had been left unlocked on the front porch of a home on Arbor Road. Estimated loss: $1,000. July 23.

• A thief stole a locked bicycle from in front of the Safeway at 525 El Camino Real. Estimated loss: $1,000. July 27.

• Someone entered a home on Encinal Avenue during a garage sale and stole a laptop. Estimated loss: $1,000. July 28.

• Police are looking for a man and a woman, both of Middle Eastern descent and in their mid-20s, in connection with a theft from Big 5 Sporting Goods at 700 El Camino Real. The two allegedly picked up paintball guns they hadn't paid for, walked past the cash registers and out the door. They headed south, but were not seen getting into a car, police said. The man is described as weighing about 160 pounds, with short black hair and wearing a blue zippered hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. Police described the woman as weighing about 130 pounds, with long straight black hair and wearing a white dress and an orange blouse. Estimated loss: $250. July 28.

• A thief stole a bike that had been locked to a bike rack in the 1000 block of El Camino Real. Estimated loss: $250. July 25.

• A copper mailbox was stolen from the front porch of a home on Santa Margarita Avenue. Estimated loss: $100. July 26.

• A woman told police that someone stole her wallet from her purse while she was shopping in Trader Joe's grocery store on Menlo Avenue. July 23.


• A resident of Robin Way told police that someone wrote to him via email asking him to buy $500 in Apple iTunes gift cards, which he did. But, suspecting fraud, he did not send the card information to his contact as requested, police said. July 23.

• A resident of Menlo Park told police of the unauthorized use of his credit card, adding that he was told his account now has $10,500 in recent charges. July 30.


• A resident of Henderson Avenue told police of a family verbal dispute in which one member threatened to kill another with a knife. There were no injuries and the person making the threat left the premises. July 23.

• A transient man came to police headquarters on Laurel Street to report that someone had sexually assaulted him, but he could not provide further information about the allegation. Detectives are looking into the case. July 25.

• A 30-year-old East Palo Alto man riding on a SamTrans bus in the vicinity of Middlefield Road and Ringwood Avenue allegedly approached "a random passenger" and punched him in the face without provocation, police said. The man fled the scene, but was shortly located, arrested and booked into jail. The victim declined medical attention, police said. July 31.



Fraud: A resident of the 1600 block of La Honda Road bought $200 in gift cards on the advice of someone who called claiming to be an IT representative from a computer company and who had been "trying to fix" the resident's computer and internet connection. The resident suspected a scam. July 19.



Residential burglary: While a resident of Alamos Drive was out of town, someone broke into her home and stole jewelry. No estimate on losses. July 22.



Vandalism: A resident of Arrowhead Lane told deputies that someone "damaged" her vehicle's rear window with a brick. Estimated loss: $200. July 23.



Residential burglaries:

• A thief forced open a window of a home on Isabella Avenue and ransacked a bedroom. It's not clear if anything was stolen. July 24.

• Someone entered a pool house via and unlocked sliding glass door at a home on Atherton Avenue and stole jewelry. No estimated on losses. July 14.

Fraud: A resident of Catalpa Drive was defrauded of "a small amount of money" by someone unknown while the resident was playing an online game. July 23.


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