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Police calls: Homeless man stabbed in encampment

 

These reports are from the Atherton and Menlo Park 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.

MENLO PARK

Assaults:

• Police took a report from a patient at the Atherton Regency health care facility on Crane Street alleging that another patient had struck him on the shin with his cane, and further alleging that the patient with the cane had taken his shoes. Aug. 27.

• A transient man sleeping in a homeless encampment told police that he'd been stabbed with steak knives while he was asleep. The man who allegedly stabbed him had accused him of killing his brother, a notion the victim said he had no knowledge of, adding that he had had no argument with the man accused of stabbing him. Medics took the victim to the hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening cuts to his arm and finger. Police could not locate the suspect in the case and are investigating. Aug. 28.

Commercial burglary: Police recovered six laptops from the car of a 24-year-old Daly City man whom they arrested, booked and charged with burglary. Police had been called to Spaces Menlo Park, a company located on Jefferson Drive, after an employee reported seeing a man rummaging through cabinets and trying to enter locked offices. Police saw a vehicle parked with its engine running in the parking lot and found several laptops said to have belonged to another business that the suspect visited earlier in the day. Aug. 27.

Thefts:

• A resident of Sharon Park Drive who had advertised the sale of his 2013 BMW for $39,000 received $20,000 in cash from a buyer who agreed to wire the seller the remaining $19,000. The buyer sent the seller an email allegedly confirming the wire transfer and the seller signed over the title. The seller learned later that the wire transfer had been fraudulent. Aug. 29.

• Someone entered a break room at the Safeway at 525 El Camino Real and stole a backpack that had been unattended. Inside the backpack was a cellphone, a debit card, an ID card and a case for sunglasses. Estimated loss: $777. Aug. 27.

• Three unlocked bicycles were stolen from locations on East Creek Drive (from an open garage), Claremont Way (from the driveway) and Ivy Drive (from a bike rack). Estimated losses are $525, $500 and $500, respectively. Aug. 27, 28 and 25.

• Someone stole a locked bike from a bike rack at Oak Knoll Elementary School on Oak Knoll Lane. Estimated loss: $300. Sept. 5.

• Police are looking for a woman of about 60 years of age with red hair who is suspected of stealing an adult tricycle from the porch of an apartment on Sharon Park Drive. Estimated loss: $120. Sept. 4.

• A thief walked off with a box of succulent plants from the backyard of a resident in the 800 block of Middle Avenue. Estimated loss: $80. Aug. 27.

• Someone stole a rear reflector from a bike parked on Crane Street. Estimated loss: $15. Sept. 4.

Fraud: The La Hacienda Market compensated a customer who had been given five counterfeit $100 bills when they cashed a check at the store, police said. Aug. 27.

Brandishing: Police arrested and booked a 55-year-old East Palo Alto man on suspicion of brandishing a weapon and resisting arrest. The man barricaded himself in a men's room at the Safeway at 525 El Camino Real after allegedly threatening a store employee with a shaving razor, police said. When the man did not respond to police orders to come out of the restroom, police entered and arrested the man. Sept. 3.

Trespassing: Police cited and released a man on suspicion of trespassing on the property of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, on Ravenswood Avenue. Sept. 5.

ATHERTON

Auto burglary: Someone stole an iPhone 7 from an unlocked car parked at Holbrook-Palmer Park on Watkins Avenue. No estimate on losses. Sept. 4.

Thefts:

• A resident of Betty Lane told police that 11 pieces of jewelry were either lost or stolen sometime between April 1 and Sept. 3. No estimate on losses. Sept. 6.

• A student at Menlo-Atherton High School told police that someone stole an iPhone 7 from his or her backpack. Estimated loss: $785. Sept. 4.

PORTOLA VALLEY

Suspicious circumstances: A resident of Ash Lane noticed a moving truck outside his or her home. Upon realizing that the truck was under observation, the driver "quickly drove away," according to deputies. Aug. 30.

Medical emergency: Medics took a construction worker to the hospital after being called to the scene of a project on Mapache Road where the worker had fallen into "a large hole" while operating an excavator. Sept. 4.

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