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Radio equipment reported missing from garage

More than $139,000 worth of radio equipment was reported missing in Atherton on Friday, July 9, amid a crime spree in town.

Police said Monday, July 12, that sometime between November 2019 and July 1 of this year, someone stole 59 radio equipment items from a garage. If the burglary occurred this year, it will be the 32nd in town so far in 2021.

"The victim moved out of state and left the equipment at his parents' home in Atherton," Cmdr. Daniel Larsen said in a Monday email. "The victim's parents sent him a photograph of where the equipment was stored (in the garage) and the victim noticed the equipment was gone."

The incident is under investigation.

In a July 9 news bulletin, police noted that burglaries in town are typically happening in the early evenings or early morning hours. The department has added patrols during these times and is sending out decoy vehicles to assist with visibility and deterrence.

Burglars are mostly breaking into homes through unlocked doors or by shattering master bedroom glass doors and windows.

Although the town installed automated license plate readers (ALPRs) to alert police to known stolen or wanted vehicles and forensic investigation, the recent burglaries have involved perpetrators that are on foot or on a bicycle. The cameras cannot be used to identify perpetrators on foot or those that use bicycles to reach homes.

If you see something suspicious, report it to police at 650-688-6500 or 911 for emergencies.

Menlo Park resident arrested in jewelry theft

Detectives arrested a 23-year-old Menlo Park man Tuesday, July 13, on suspicion of stealing at least $20,000 to $30,000 worth of jewelry from a pest control client in Portola Valley, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

On July 2, a woman reported she discovered a "large amount" of her jewelry missing from her Portola Valley home shortly after the pest control employee left her home for the day, a Sheriff's Office press release states.

Detectives said that the man was on probation, which allowed law enforcement to conduct searches. On July 13 they said they searched his Menlo Park home and found a large amount of jewelry in his bedroom, including the items reported stolen by the Portola Valley victim. The suspect could not explain how he had gotten the other jewelry that did not belong to the victim, police say.

He was arrested on suspicion of grand theft and possession of stolen property. He was booked at the San Mateo County Main Jail.

Detectives believe there may be other victims. Anyone with information on this case or a case that might be related is asked to contact Detective J. Piper at 650-363-4062 or via email at [email protected]

—Angela Swartz

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