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News - March 20, 2019

Police Calls

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.


Stolen vehicles:

• A white 2008 Toyota Sequoia was taken from the street in front of a home in the first block of Oak Hollow Way. The vehicle was unlocked with the keys inside. March 2.

• An unlocked 2016 Toyota Tacoma with the engine running was taken from the 200 block of Ivy Drive, where the owner had left his car warming up. March 6.

Burglary: Someone entered a residence in the 200 block of Hedge Road between 1 and 2 p.m. and took $600 in cash, a PlayStation console, an Apple watch and other miscellaneous items valued at $1,400. March 8.


• $6,000 worth of construction tools were taken from a residence in the 1000 block of Oakland Avenue after a lock was broken off a rear sliding glass door to enter the residence. March 5.

• Sometime between Saturday morning and Monday morning someone took tools, a generator and two saws valued at $3,522 from the 300 block of Constitution Drive. March 5.

• Two bikes valued at $1,800 were taken from a closet in a carport in the 1000 block of Laurel Street. March 5.

• Someone took $1,700 from a locked filing cabinet at H&R Block on Chestnut Street. Police say several employees have access to the cabinet. March 4.

• An unlocked bicycle valued at $1,100 was taken from in front of Hillview Middle School, 100 block of Elder Avenue. March 6.

• Two bicycles, valued at $700, were taken from Oak Knoll School. March 7.

• Someone took items valued at $470, including sunglasses, a gift card and a wrench, from an unlocked vehicle in the 2300 block of Sharon Road. March 2

• A cellphone valued at $450 was taken from the bathroom of the Starbucks on the 1400 block of Willow Road. March 5.

• A purse valued at $200 was taken from the bathroom stall at Left Bank restaurant in the 600 block of Santa Cruz Avenue. March 6.

• A wallet valued at $100 was taken from the 400 block of Sherwood Way. March 5

• Someone took a box of weight loss supplements valued at $73 from the CVS store on the 700 block of El Camino Real. March 6.

• A wallet and a key valued at $50 were taken from Safeway on the 500 block of El Camino Real. March 6.

• Someone took a parcel containing baby clothes valued at $30 from in front of a residence on the 1300 block of Hoover Street. March 5.

Auto burglaries:

• Two cars had their windows smashed on the 1300 block of El Camino Real between 6 and 9 p.m. In one car a backpack with a laptop in it valued at $2,460 was taken; in the second the interior of the car was tampered with, but nothing was taken. March 8.

• A car parked at Ivy Drive and Carlton Avenue had its window smashed between noon and 11 p.m. The registration and insurance card were taken. March 8.


• Someone in the first block of Siskiyou Place noticed several unauthorized charges on both personal and business checking accounts, starting in late July 2018, totaling approximately $6,000. March 5.

• Someone used the personal information of a resident of the 1000 block of Cascade Drive, gained by unknown means, to open accounts at AT&T and Sprint. March 7.


• The window of a Toyota Prius was smashed, but nothing was taken, in the 100 block of Jefferson Drive. March 3.

• Paint was applied to a car parked on the 700 block of Live Oak Avenue. March 9.

• Someone put glue in a front door lock on the 800 block of Oak Grove Ave. March 10.

Hit and run

• A driver was heading northbound on El Camino Real near Oak Grove Avenue and turning right into the Chevron station when someone driving a Honda Accord sideswiped her car while passing on the right and then continued northbound on El Camino without stopping. The driver was not injured. March 8.

• A car parked on the 700 block of Santa Cruz Avenue was hit by a unknown vehicle and driver. March 10.



• Sometime between March 1 and March 4, a bike lock, valued at $30 was cut and an orange Felt Hybrid bicycle valued at $400 was taken from a bike rack in the 100 block of Encinal Avenue. March 4.

• Someone was caught on surveillance cameras taking a red and white specialized 21-speed bicycle valued at $70 on Feb. 25 at about 8:30 a.m. from the 500 block of Middlefield Road, but could not be identified. March 7.


• A resident of Fair Oaks Lane said someone had changed the password and current mailing address of an online bank account but had not been able to access the account. March 6.

Hit and run

• A two-vehicle collision at El Camino Real and Walnut Avenue left one person with minor injuries. One vehicle left the scene, but the driver was later found, and the case forwarded to the District Attorney's Office for review. March 7.

• One vehicle collided with another while both were traveling southbound on Middlefield Road. Police said the driver at fault fled the scene and has not been identified. March 8.

Suspicious circumstances:

• Someone was seen on surveillance footage walking on and off an ungated property on Gresham Lane at close to midnight on March 7.

• A resident of Jennings Lane said someone had cut the screens to several rear windows, but the windows remained locked and undamaged, and no one had entered the home. March 10


Suspicious circumstances: A resident of the 3200 block of Woodside Road reported that someone had gained access to and transferred an unknown amount of money from a bank account. The bank was contacted and the account frozen. Feb. 28.


Public intoxication: Responding to a reported open gate in the 300 block of Portola Road, deputies found a man walking in the middle of the road and unable to care for himself. He was arrested and transported to the San Mateo County Jail, to be released when sober. March 4.

Theft: A resident of the first block of Oakhill Drive reported someone had used personal information to spend $3,200 at retail stores. March 2 through March 4.


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