Police calls: Forgery, flimflammery and finagling


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.




• Someone removed a blank check from the checkbook of a resident of Forest Lane and cashed it for $3,800 using a forged signature. Nov. 26.

• A person claiming to be a lieutenant with the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office called a resident of Menlo Avenue and instructed the resident that, to avoid being arrested, he or she should buy prepaid Visa cards and provide the numbers to be redeemed by the caller. Estimated loss: $2,024. Nov. 27.

• Someone installed a card-number skimming device on a gas pump at the Shell station at 495 E Camino Real. Police know of one victim. Estimated loss: $85. Nov. 30.

Residential burglaries:

• Someone stole jewelry and a digital camera after entering an apartment on Live Oak Avenue by means unknown. Estimated loss: $35,000. Dec. 1.

• A thief entered a home on Avy Avenue by climbing through an unlocked window and stole jewelry. Estimated loss: $18,000. Nov. 28.

• Someone used the front door – perhaps with a hidden key that is now missing – to enter an apartment on Hoover Street and steal jewelry, a laptop, a tablet computer, a computer bag, tools and a pair of boots. Estimated loss: $8,340. Nov. 28.

• A thief entered an apartment on Sharon Park Drive through a sliding glass door and stole the resident's purse, which contained a credit card, keys and $60 in cash. Estimated loss: $570. Dec. 3.

• Someone kicked in the door of an apartment on Alice Lane and stole a laptop. Estimated loss: $100. Nov. 26.

• A thief stole tools from a construction site on Constitution Drive. No estimate on losses. Dec. 3.

• A thief stole a boxed Christmas tree after entering a garage on O'Connor Street through an unlocked side door. Estimated loss: $50. Nov. 29.

• Someone used a pry bar to force entry into an apartment on Haven Avenue, but he or she is not thought to have taken anything. Dec. 5.

• After breaking a bedroom window of a home on Crest Lane, someone ransacked the bedroom but didn't appear to have taken anything. Nov. 28.

• Someone shattered the glass in a sliding door of a home on Laurel Avenue, but the resident does not think that anyone entered. Nov. 29.

Commercial burglary: A thief threw a large rock through the front windows of the Back A Yard Caribbean Grill at 1189 Willow Road, entered the restaurant and stole an undisclosed amount of money from the cash register at the front counter. Nov. 28.

Auto burglaries: In two incidents in the 1300 block of Willow Road, a thief smashed a window on one vehicle and opened the glove compartment, but apparently did not take anything. A second vehicle nearby showed signs of a failed attempt to smash a window. Dec. 1.


• A resident of Lorelei Lane told police that while he saw no evidence of a break-in at his home, his guitar and his laptop are missing. Estimated loss: $9,000. Dec. 5.

• In three cases of theft of unlocked bikes and one of an unlocked bike trailer, thieves took a bike from a home on Harvard Avenue, a bike from a carport on Fremont Street, a children's bike trailer and helmet from a porch on Fremont Street, and a bike from a bike rack in the 800 block of El Camino Real. Estimated losses: $2,000, $600, $180 and $90. Nov. 30 and Nov. 26.

• A thief stole a payroll check from the mailbox of a resident of Hamilton Avenue. Dec. 2.

• Someone stole a package from the porch of a home on Arbor Road. It's not known what was in the package. Nov. 29.

• Police arrested and booked a 27-year-old man from San Francisco on suspicion of theft and possession of drug paraphernalia in a case in which someone stole merchandise from the Safeway at 525 El Camino Real. Nov. 30.

• A thief stole an unknown amount of merchandise from Cheeky Monkey Toys on Santa Cruz Avenue. Nov. 30.

• Police arrested, cited and released a 40-year-old San Francisco woman on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia and shoplifting from a store at the strip mall at 700 El Camino Real. Police responded to a call about a woman seen putting goods in her purse and a bag, then leaving the store without paying for them. All the merchandise was retrieved. Nov. 30.

• Someone stole a package containing car keys placed near the front door of a home on Sharon Park Drive. Nov. 28.

• A resident of Trenton Way told police that his in-home surveillance camera captured in-the-act images of theft by someone the resident had hired to watch his dogs while he was away. The resident made contact with the person, who later returned all the goods. Nov. 26.

Stolen vehicles:

• A white Ford F-350 pickup truck from the 3500 block of Haven Avenue. Dec. 1.

• A silver 2011 Ford Mustang from a home on Lorelei Lane. Dec. 5.



Residential burglary: Someone smashed a rear bedroom window of a home on Stanford Avenue, rummaged through the room and opened several drawers, stealing a small amount of currency. Nov. 24.



Residential burglaries:

• Someone smashed a window at Encinal School at 195 Encinal Ave. and stole laptop and tablet computers. Estimated loss: $14,000. Dec. 3.

• After cutting a chain and lock at a construction site on Adam Way, someone stole construction equipment and home speakers. Dec. 5.



Stolen vehicle: Someone stole a vehicle parked on Swett Road. Nov. 28.



Theft: A thief ripped a mailbox from a wooden frame at a residence on Tynan Way. Nov. 23.


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