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Police calls: $38,400 in jewelry missing from Portola Valley home

Original post made on Oct 31, 2013

Crime reports from Portola Valley, West Menlo Park, Ladera, Woodside and Menlo Park.

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Posted by Fred
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Oct 31, 2013 at 11:40 am

What's with all these portola valley people getting thousands of dollars in jewelry stolen and not mentioning it until months later?

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Posted by gunste
a resident of Portola Valley: Ladera
on Oct 31, 2013 at 12:52 pm

The sheriff does little patrolling in this large area. In the end, property crimes are very low priority and little or nothing is done to solve them. - Years ago, I reported a theft. documented all the property taken with pictures. The taking of the report was prompt. The detective assigned to following up, who was provided with the name of the primary suspect, never contacted us and was never available when we tried to contact him. He was busy with major crimes.

I am reminded of a case where someone stole a piece of my son's car. SF police advised him that if he caught to thief to finish him, otherwise he might be sued to bodily harm. - Lesson: Do we have to protect our own property with firearms?

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Posted by PV Resident
a resident of Portola Valley: Westridge
on Oct 31, 2013 at 7:56 pm

I agree with the posted comments. We were robbed early in the summer. One door was left unlocked for just an hour and the burglars entered through that door. I really believe that they "stumbled" upon many many years of accumulated jewelry and escaped uncaught. The police were called and a report filed. We never got a copy of that report despite multiple calls. Additionally, about a month after the event, the theft finally appeared in the Police Blotter. The report stated that $1,000 in jewelry was stolen. In fact, the value was close to $200,000. Why the number was so severely rounded down remains a mystery. It is unfortunate that the focus upon these home thefts remains such a low priority. I read about them week after week, but seems so little is being done to prevent the losses.