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Auto burglars hit 10 vehicles in Ladera shopping center Wednesday evening


Ten vehicles were reported burglarized in the parking lot of the Ladera shopping center on Wednesday evening (Jan. 15), according to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office is actively investigating the reports and is working with information obtained from security cameras.

The office is reminding drivers not to leave any valuables inside of vehicles because of the increase in auto burglaries statewide.

It takes burglars 30 to 40 seconds to break into a vehicle and take items left inside, according to a Sheriff’s Office bulletin.


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Posted by PV Res
a resident of Portola Valley: Ladera
on Jan 16, 2020 at 8:34 pm

How is this possible? What time did the beakins occur? In which lot did they take place? What about the license plate readers?

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Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jan 17, 2020 at 8:23 am

"What about the license plate readers?"

Guess they don't work?

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Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jan 17, 2020 at 9:02 am

Could be wrong but I don't think Ladera is actually part of Portola Valley, and thus the license readers are further up Alpine Rd.

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Posted by David B
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Jan 17, 2020 at 12:38 pm

@whatever: one of the cameras is along Alpine Rd between Ladera and the freeway. So maybe (?) they'll be able to find something

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Posted by Regina R
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Jan 17, 2020 at 2:09 pm

The getaway cars are almost always stolen. Downtown Palo Alto is really bad too, and it is happening in broad daylight.
It happens very quickly and the police aren’t going to endanger the public with a high-speed chase.

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Posted by Kris
a resident of Portola Valley: Portola Valley Ranch
on Jan 17, 2020 at 3:08 pm

Re: timing----at least one of the smash and grabs occurred between 6:40 p.m. and about 7:45-8:00 p.m. We had 6:45 p.m. reservations for dinner and came out after to find police with flashlights and some very unhappy young people, whose car had a window broken. We were parked two cars away from that car. It felt like this was the first of break-ins, because the police were actively looking around, and all was quiet when we went in for dinner.

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Posted by MM
a resident of Portola Valley: Ladera
on Jan 17, 2020 at 4:37 pm

License plate readers are indeed north (aka west) of the shopper. Per the SO press release they are reviewing info to see if they can glean any info on potential suspects.

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Posted by PV Res
a resident of Portola Valley: Ladera
on Jan 17, 2020 at 8:24 pm

I’ve heard similar information. The thefts occurred at approximately 6:30pm out in front of the UPS store in the row of cars closest to Alpine. Lots of people would have been in the area. Don’t know if the plate readers have been helpful but have heard that Bianchini’s cameras caught the whole affair. A get away car drove slowly down the lot as two thieves worked their way down the parked cars looking in with flashlights. Admittedly this is hearsay information, but from good sources. Worried that homes may be next. Report ANY suspicious activity to the Sheriff. Lock your doors and keep security systems armed. Also review your camera footage for suspicious activity.

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Posted by Astounding!
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jan 22, 2020 at 10:01 am

It's astounding that so many people still leave things worth stealing in their cars when they leave them.

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