Police calls: Man wangles $100,000 from woman online


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.




• Police are looking into a scam in which a woman residing on Sand Hill Circle sent, over a period of a year, more than $100,000 to a man she met on an internet dating site. The man convinced her that he was in danger of losing his job and going to jail if she didn't send him "large amounts of money," police said.

• A resident of Roble Avenue told police that someone had accessed her bank account by means unknown and stolen nearly $14,300. Nov. 13.

• A resident of Hill Avenue received a letter from a finance company telling her that she owed money, though she has no account with the company. Nov. 13.

• Someone with access to the bank account of a resident of Waverley Street attempted to place a hold on the account and then attempted to create four new accounts under the victim's name. No losses, but the bank is investigating. Nov. 14.

Residential burglaries:

• After breaking into a lockbox and taking out the keys to a home on Continental Drive, someone entered the house and opened a storage container and stole lamps, a garbage disposal and a washer and dryer. Estimated loss: $5,440. Nov. 13.

• A resident of an apartment undergoing renovation in the 300 block of Sharon Park Drive left his apartment and returned to find that someone had entered through a rear sliding door and stolen a tool bag, a voice-activated cloud-based robot, and money from his wallet. Estimated loss: $547. Nov. 19.

• Someone cut the screen on a window of a home on Dunsmuir Way but did not enter the home. Nov. 25.

Commercial burglaries:

• Someone broke into and damaged the locks of the front door of the Pet Place animal supply store on Santa Cruz Avenue. The office was ransacked, but nothing was taken. Estimated loss: $400. Nov. 17.

• Police arrested and booked into jail a 23-year-old Redwood City man who picked up a tablet computer from the hostess stand at the Park James Hotel at 1400 El Camino Real and concealed it. Police stopped him before he could leave the lobby. Nov. 20.

Auto burglaries:

• Someone broke a window on a vehicle parked in the 3600 block of Haven Avenue and stole a paintball mask. Estimated loss: $100. Nov. 14.

• A burglar broke windows on a vehicle parked in the 1300 block of Willow Road and stole a gym bag containing a blanket, towels and hair products. Estimated loss: $100. Nov. 16.

• Someone entered a vehicle parked at the Safeway at 525 El Camino Real and stole a book bag, a water bottle, a coffee tumbler, headphones and hospital scrubs. Estimated loss: $100. Nov. 19.

• The owner of a vehicle parked in the 300 block of Sharon Park Drive returned to find that someone had smashed the passenger side front window and rummaged through the car, apparently taking nothing. Nov. 13.

• The owner of a Volvo SUV parked on Ringwood Avenue told police that someone damaged the vehicle's rear window but took nothing. Nov. 14.


• Thieves stole five bicycles, all unlocked. One bike was stolen from a side yard on Arbor Road, two from an open garage on Oak Court, one from an apartment carport on Live Oak Avenue, and another from a front yard on Cambridge Avenue. Estimated losses: $3,800, $2,100 (for both bikes), $170 and $100. Nov. 18, 15 and 20.

• Three women entered Big 5 Sporting Goods at 700 El Camino Real and walked out with clothing they had not paid for. They left the scene in a Nissan with tinted windows and black-and-orange license plates, police said. Estimated loss: $1,000. Nov. 19.

• Someone took a package containing dresses from the front porch of a home on Waverley Street. Estimated loss: $120. Nov. 13.

• An employee of the Willows Market near the corner of Middlefield and Willow roads chased two men out of the store who stole three bottles of alcoholic beverages and fled the scene in a four-door sedan with paper license plates. Estimated loss: $120. Nov. 14.

• Three women entered the CVS pharmacy and left with cosmetics, hygiene products and a $20 hair dryer, all of which they had not paid for. They fled in a white Honda SUV. Nov. 15.

Stolen vehicle: A black Audi Q7 SUV from the 300 block of Sharon Park Drive. Nov. 13.



Theft: Deputies responded to a report of a woman in a vehicle blocking Willowbrook Drive as she was looking into a mailbox. The woman sped off after being asked to move. While looking over the area, deputies found several pieces of mail. Nov. 15.



Animal call: An Atherton resident was walking his dog in the first block of Selby Lane when a dog of an unknown breed ran out of a driveway and attacked the walking dog, injuring the walking dog's left front paw. The case has been referred to county animal control. Nov. 21.


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