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News - August 22, 2018

Police Calls

These reports are from the Menlo Park Police Department 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.

PORTOLA VALLEY

Commercial burglary: A thief cut a padlock to a storage shed in the 100 block of Portola Road and stole landscaping, gardening and construction tools. Estimated loss: $15,000. Aug. 4.

LADERA

Attempted burglary: Someone threw something hard against a glass door at the Shell gas station at La Cuesta Drive and Alpine Road, but surveillance footage showed them fleeing the scene after being unable to enter the building. Aug. 6.

MENLO PARK

Residential burglaries:

• Police arrested and booked a 35-year-old Atwater man on charges that include burglary, attempted burglary and prowling. Police allege that the man was seen attempting, and failing, to enter a residence on Hollyburne Avenue by trying the handles on a patio door. He was then allegedly seen trying to enter a second house by manipulating the window screens, and was also unsuccessful. He was allegedly successful in entering a third residence through an unlocked rear door. The residents of the house reportedly saw him fleeing upon their arrival home, and they then described a suspect to the police. The police found someone matching the description hiding in shrubbery near the house. The burglary victims "positively identified" the suspect who, police said, was in possession of stolen property, including a cellphone, two tablet computers, an audio speaker, a duffel bag and a wallet with credit cards. Aug. 3.

Auto burglary: Police arrested and booked into jail two 18-year-old men, one from Menlo Park and the other from Belmont, on suspicion of burglary and conspiracy to commit a crime. Police responded to a call at 1:26 a.m. regarding two people seen looking into cars in the vicinity of Santa Cruz Avenue and Arbor Road. In encountering the two men, police said that one admitted to stealing two bicycles from a carport in a nearby apartment complex. The second man was allegedly in possession of "numerous items" of stolen property, later found to have been taken from an unlocked vehicle parked in an underground garage nearby. The second man admitted to police that he and his companion had planned to steal bicycles that evening. Aug. 18.

Thefts:

• A resident of Corrine Lane told police that he was defrauded of more than $16,000 by someone he knows. Police are following up. Aug. 8.

• Someone visiting the Facebook campus on Hacker Way left a bag of 10 to 15 shirts in need of laundering in the trunk of a ride-share vehicle and has been unable to recover them. Estimated loss: $750. Aug. 14.

• Two men, one black and the other Hispanic, allegedly walked out of the Safeway at 525 El Camino Real with 24 cans of baby formula and fled the scene in a black Audi. Estimated loss: $575. Aug. 13.

• Police are looking for a black man and a white woman seen entering the Safeway at 525 El Camino Real and leaving with infant formula they had not paid for. The man is described as tall and skinny and wearing a black shirt, black shorts and a blue hat. The woman was about 5 feet 4 inches tall, heavy set with brownish orange hair and wearing an orange shirt, black capri pants and glasses, police said. Estimated loss: $236. Aug. 4.

Fraud:

• A resident of Stanford Avenue told police that a person masquerading as his friend called to say he'd been arrested in Reno, Nevada, and needed $16,000 to bail out of jail. The resident sent the money before realizing that his friend was not in Reno and that he had been scammed. Aug. 8.

• An apartment in the 1100 block of Willow Road and advertised on Craigslist led a would-be tenant to transfer $875 to the alleged landlord as a deposit and the first month's rent. The would-be tenant visited the apartment and learned that it was occupied and not available. Aug. 13.

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