Fraud: A stranger called a resident of Ringwood Avenue, told her that her computer had been hacked and directed her to buy Apple and Google gift cards to improve her computer security and to provide the card serial numbers to the caller. Estimated loss: $5,300. May 3.
Fraud: A resident of O'Connor Street, after being informed by a stranger that her computer may have a virus, bought a $100 Apple gift card and gave the card's information to the stranger over the phone. She then gave the stranger access to her computer, with which the stranger "somehow" gained access to her bank account and made four withdrawals adding up to $304. May 6.
Residential burglary: Police arrested and booked a Menlo Park man on suspicion of attempted burglary after the owner of a home on Henderson Avenue allegedly confronted him as he was attempting to break the glass of the home's back door. The man fled, jumping over a fence, but dropped his cellphone. Police used the phone to locate the man at his home, where he was taken into custody. May 9.
Auto burglary: Police in Burlingame arrested and booked into jail two East Bay men on suspicion of burglary and conspiracy to commit a crime after witnesses at Bedwell Bayfront Park at 1600 Marsh Road in Menlo Park had taken a photo of a car in which the suspected burglars were traveling. The men, ages 21 and 25, allegedly smashed a window of a parked vehicle at the park and stole a purse from inside. A countywide alert went out to police to be on the lookout for a dark-colored BMW 3 series car with yellow dealer plates. Burlingame police confirmed that the vehicle was the one in question, and that the stolen purse was inside. May 2.
• A thief stole power tools from an unlocked truck parked at Constitution Drive and Chrysler Drive. Taken were a generator, two rotor hammers, a power-combo toolkit, a Sawzall, a rotary saw and a third saw. Estimated loss: $3,000. May 9.
• A thief stole several rose bushes from in front of a home on Seminary Drive. Estimated loss: $600. May 4.
• Someone stole a backpack that had been left unattended on an outdoor dining table at the Una Mas restaurant on Santa Cruz Avenue. The restaurant was closed at the time, and the backpack's owner had been away for less than two minutes, police said. In the backpack were bicycle-related tools and equipment and a cellphone. Estimated loss: $335. April 30.
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