Police calls: Fraud cases claim losses of nearly $7,000


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.




• A thief, by means unknown, stole the personal checks of someone with connections to the 300 block of Middlefield Road, and cashed two checks for a total of $5,500. Sept. 21.

• A resident of Olive Street wired $1,485 to someone online for the purchase of a radio, but never received the radio. Sept. 21.

Possession of burglary tools: Police arrested a 22-year-old Fremont man on suspicion of possession of burglary tools and a probation violation after police searched the man in connection with a jaywalking incident at O'Brien Drive and Willow Road. Sept. 23.

Auto burglary: Someone smashed the passenger side window of a vehicle parked at the Safeway at 525 El Camino Real and stole a laptop and personal items. Estimated loss: $1,050. Oct. 1.


• A former resident of Menlo Park hired a moving company to move his possessions to Florida, but noticed that items were missing after he received the last shipment. Among the missing items: rugs, swimming gear and digital entertainment systems. Estimated loss: $12,000. Oct. 2.

• Thieves cut the locks from locked bicycles on Mills Court, Live Oak Avenue and Hamilton Avenue and stole the bikes. Estimated losses: $1,200, $800 and $500. Sept. 27 and 25.

• A thief entered an unlocked vehicle parked on Alice Lane and stole credit cards, several gift cards and $100 in cash. Estimated loss: $1,100. Sept. 25.

• A thief entered an unlocked vehicle on Stanford Avenue and stole a tablet computer. Estimated loss: $700. Sept. 30.

• A bicycle was stolen from the vicinity of Laurel School on Elliott Drive. Estimated loss: $380. Sept. 25.

• Someone stole packages from in front of a home on Stone Pine Lane. Inside were two jerseys, tips for ski poles and a portrait. Estimated loss: $230. Sept. 25.

• A thief opened a parcel "from the victim's residence" on Oak Knoll Lane, stole a ring and left an empty package. Estimated loss: $170. Sept. 27.

• Someone stole an unattended bicycle from the 700 block of Willow Road. Estimated loss: $100. Sept. 29.

• A thief stole an unknown amount of cash from an unlocked vehicle parked in the 600 block of University Drive. Sept. 25.

• The owner of an unlocked car parked on Oak Grove Avenue confronted a stranger who had been rummaging through the vehicle. The stranger fled on foot after the confrontation, but was later apprehended by police and identified by the vehicle owner as the stranger in question. The owner declined to press charges, police said. Sept. 30.

• Police arrested and booked an employee of the CVS pharmacy on Sharon Park Drive on suspicion of theft. After an investigation, police allege that the employee conspired with an accomplice to make fraudulent returns for cash or store credit. The allegations include theft of items that were later returned. Oct. 2.

Property turned in for destruction: A resident of the 1200 block of Willow Road found a bag of ammunition in the laundry room of an apartment complex and turned it in to police. Oct. 2.

Assault: With the statute of limitations expired, and for information purposes only, police noted an allegation of a sexual assault from 2006 by someone known to the woman making the report. Sept. 22.


• Police arrested and booked into jail a 31-year-old East Palo Alto woman after responding to a report of battery on Henderson Avenue from a man she was dating. Police noted that the man's cheek showed "very minor redness and swelling." Sept. 24.

• Police are investigating a report of an altercation between two employees of the Left Bank restaurant on Santa Cruz Avenue that left one of the employees bleeding from his nose. The incident involved one employee allegedly head-butting the other. The assaulted employee refused medical attention, while the other worker was told to leave the restaurant. Sept. 29.

Vehicle tampering: The owner of a car parked on Alice Lane told police that someone had rummaged through the vehicle's glove box and center console. Nothing was taken and the vehicle was not entered forcibly, police said. Sept. 27.



• Someone stole a bicycle from a bike rack in the vicinity of Oak Grove Avenue and Middlefield Road at Menlo-Atherton High School. School staff is reviewing surveillance video and the case is under investigation. Sept. 24.

• A thief stole 10 5-gallon barrels of waterproofing material from a construction site at Las Lomitas School at 299 Alameda de las Pulgas. Police found a lock cut on a portable sprayer, but the sprayer in place. No estimate on losses. Sept. 25.


Suspicious circumstances: A homeowner on Corte Madera Road examined a surveillance video and saw someone unknown on her property, deputies said. Sept. 25.


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