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News - August 15, 2012

Wave of property crimes hits Menlo Park

A walker, a generator, computers and a gun were among the items stolen in a wave of property crimes in Menlo Park over the past several days that included seven burglaries and three cases of theft, according to police reports.

Among the residential burglaries, the largest loss — $5,620 — involved a broken bedroom window and the theft of a laptop computer, diamond ring, platinum ring and checkbook from a house on Hillview Avenue in a case reported Aug. 5.

Two other home burglaries, both in the same block of Woodland Avenue, involved thefts of jewelry and electronic gear on Aug. 7. In neither case did police report a value for the losses, but both involved entries through unlocked portals, in one case a window and in the other a garage door.

Someone stole a generator valued at $1,200 from the bed of a truck after cutting a hole in the fence of a parking lot on Haven Avenue, according to a report for Aug. 6.

In an Aug. 4 report of a commercial burglary on Bay Road, someone stole a wallet containing $65 in cash from the Flood Park Ranger Station. Another wallet was stolen on Aug. 7 from an unlocked residence on Henderson Avenue. The report did not include an estimate of losses.

Someone stole two pairs of jeans and five tank tops in a package delivered to a house on McKendry Drive and reported on Aug. 5. In that same case, someone broke a side window of the house, but nothing was missing from inside, police said.

In three thefts reported on Aug. 4, 5 and 7, theifs stole a bicycle valued at $4,000 from a bike rack on a vehicle parked on Laurel Street, a handgun valued at $500 from an unlocked vehicle on Newbridge Street, and a walker from outside a residential back door on Crane Street, police said.