These reports are from the Menlo Park Police Department and 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.
Robbery: A 17-year-old male robbed a 77-year-old woman of her purse and pushed her to the ground as she was loading groceries into her car in the parking lot of the Safeway at 525 El Camino Real. A witness gave police the license plate number of the car the suspect drove away in and he was caught and arrested minutes later, with the stolen property found inside his vehicle, police said. He was booked into Hillcrest Juvenile Hall. The woman suffered abrasions to her legs, but she denied medical treatment. Jan. 17.
• Someone entered a construction site in the 2900 block of Sand Hill Road, cut open locks on storage containers and stole 44 different tools. Estimated loss: $40,160. Jan. 14.
• A thief removed a barricade from a chain-link fence at a residential construction site on Rosefield Way, entered the home through the front door, broke into the garage and stole power tools and appliances. No estimate on losses. Jan. 16.
• Someone smashed a window and "broke off" the panel to an alarm system of a model home on Encinal Avenue, but apparently stole nothing. Estimated loss: $150. Jan. 16.
• A woman with an account at the branch office of Wells Fargo Bank at 735 Santa Cruz Ave. told police that, over a period of more than 12 months, jewelry worth between $300,000 and $600,000 has gone missing from her safe deposit box. Police are investigating. Jan. 14.
• Three instances of bicycle theft and two of the theft of bicycle components were reported recently. An unlocked bike was stolen from the bike rack at Hillview Middle School on Elder Avenue, a locked bike was stolen from a bike-storage room on Haven Avenue, and a locked bike was stolen from a carport on Middle Avenue. Someone stole the tires and wheels from a bike on Hamilton Avenue, while the headlight and taillight were stolen from a bike inside an apartment storage locker on Haven Avenue. Estimated losses: $640, $440, $150, $300 and $105. Jan. 15, 13, 14, and 17.
• Someone stole $200 in cash from an unlocked vehicle parked in the first block of Willow Road. Jan. 16.
• Three packages were stolen from the porch of a home on Laurel Avenue. The packages contained a pillow, a potty-training seat, a toothbrush holder and perishable food. Estimated loss: $147. Jan. 12.
• A thief entered an unlocked vehicle parked on Coleman Avenue and stole cash, credit cards and the vehicle owner's driver's license. Estimated loss: $64. Jan. 16.
• Police arrested, cited and released a 33-year-old San Mateo man in connection with the theft of $43.30 in miscellaneous merchandise from the CVS pharmacy at 700 El Camino Real. Police said they found the missing merchandise in the man's backpack. Jan. 11.
• A resident of Laurel Street told police that her "newly met male friend" stole two laptops from her, but returned them that evening after being contacted by police. Jan. 12.
• A phone charger was stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked in the first block of Willow Road. No estimate on losses. Jan. 17.
Residential burglary: A surveillance camera caught images of two people breaking into a home in the 800 block of Canada Road. Nothing was reported taken. Jan. 10.
• Someone smashed a sliding glass door at the rear of a home on Cordova Court and rummaged through several rooms, but apparently took nothing. Jan. 9.
• A burglar broke a kitchen window at the front of a home in the 100 block of Portola Road and rummaged through the home, but apparently took nothing. Jan. 9.