Burglars struck the Sharon Heights neighborhood of Menlo Park four times in the past six days, with one resident on Continental Drive reporting the theft of jewelry with an estimated value of $175,000, according to reports from the Menlo Park Police Department.
Thieves apparently entered the Continental Drive home through an unlocked sliding glass door, in an incident reported to police on Feb. 5. The jewelry was taken from a dresser drawer, with the interior of the home otherwise undisturbed, police said.
In a home on Siskiyou Drive, a rear door had been pried open leaving significant damage to the deadbolt and door frame, police said. In this case, thieves rifled several drawers and got away with $10 in coins and miscellaneous jewelry, with total losses estimated at $1,710, police said in a Feb. 4 report.
The other two incidents were auto burglaries, both on Sharon Road and reported on the morning of Feb. 2 about 30 minutes apart. In the first case, someone opened a zipper on the convertible top of a Jeep Wrangler and stole a laptop computer, sunglasses, clothing, CDs and $15 in cash, with total losses estimated at $2,525, police said. The thieves may have also damaged a rear fender by standing on it and trying to get in. The fender was "a little loose," the owner reportedly told police.
In the second case, thieves smashed the rear passenger window of a Honda SUV and stole a cell phone, a sleeping bag, food, clothing and a pair of shoes, for a total loss estimated at $980, police said.