Police calls: Espresso beans used in battery case


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.



Battery: An argument between a customer and a cashier at Peet's Coffee & Tea at 515 El Camino Real led to the customer, a woman, throwing bags of espresso beans at the cashier, hitting her in the face but not injuring her. The customer fled the scene before police arrived and could not be located. Oct. 15.

Brandishing a weapon: Police arrested and booked into jail a 23-year-old East Palo Alto man on suspicion of brandishing a weapon. Police responded to a call about an argument taking place in the Jack in the Box restaurant at 1401 Willow Road. Upon their arrival, police were informed by the person reporting that incident that a man had brandished a knife and had then run off toward undeveloped fields along the Bayfront Expressway. Police later found and arrested a suspect there. Oct. 17.

Residential burglary: Someone used a side door, possibly unlocked, to enter a home on Klamath Drive and ransack several rooms, stealing property that included jewelry and a camera. Estimated losses: $7,000. Oct. 17.


• Thieves stole a locked bicycle and a helmet from the 200 block of Ravenswood Avenue, a locked bike from in front of an apartment on Hamilton Avenue, and an unlocked bike from the 700 block of Coleman Avenue. Estimated losses: $500, $96 and $478. Oct. 12, 14 and 12.

• A woman shopping in a store in the 900 block of Willow Road left her purse in a shopping cart and didn't notice until she had already left the area. When she returned, her purse was gone. Estimated losses: $445. Oct. 12.

• Someone stole a power tool from a construction site on Constitution Drive. Estimated loss: $159. Oct. 12.

• Two men were seen walking out of the El Rancho Supermarket at 812 Willow Road with four cases of beer that they had not paid for. Estimated loss: $100. Oct. 13.

• A woman living on Carlton Avenue told police that she suspects a former boyfriend stole two of her handguns. No further information on the guns was available. Oct. 16.



Residential burglary: Someone entered a home on Polhemus Avenue through an unlocked door and stole property. No further information is available. Oct. 17.



Auto burglaries: Someone smashed windows of two vehicles parked in the 2900 block of Woodside Road and stole items from inside, including an earthquake preparedness kit. Oct. 17.

Possession of burglary tools: Deputies arrested and booked into jail a 29-year-old Fremont man on charges that included possession of burglary tools. The man, who was the subject of misdemeanor warrants from police departments in Milpitas and Campbell, was also suspected of drug-related charges and driving without a license. Oct. 18.


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