Police calls: Driver looks away briefly and crashes into pole

This information is from the Menlo Park Police Department 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.


Traffic accident report: A man driving east in the 4000 block of Woodside Road (Highway 84) crashed into a telephone pole after looking away from the road "for only a second" at a cell phone ringing from its place on the passenger seat. May 10.


Residential burglary reports:

■ A $400 locked bicycle was stolen from an apartment carport on Sharon Park Drive. May 16.

■ Someone removed a screen from a bedroom window of a home on Linfield Drive and opened the window. No one entered the home and there was no evidence that anything was taken. May 16.

Commercial burglary report: Two laptop computers were stolen from a business on the 1500 block of El Camino Real. Estimated loss: $500. May 16.

Theft reports:

■ Someone stole two bicycles locked to a bike rack in the 1000 block of El Camino Real. Estimated loss: $2,800. May 14.

■ A UPS package containing $100 in American Express rewards card was stolen from a home on Adams Court. May 12.

■ Someone broke the glass on a game vending machine in the 1100 block of Willow Road and stole $45 in cash. May 14.

■ A $25 serving dish was delivered to, and stolen from, the front porch of a home on Crane Street. May 16.


Residential burglary report: Someone entered a home in the 2000 block of Santa Cruz Avenue while the residents were at home and stole two Apple computers, an Apple iPad, a Specialized bicycle, $500 in cash and three bottles of Patron tequila, a total loss of about $3,900. The residents neither heard nor saw the burglar(s). May 9.

Dave Boyce


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Posted by straight talk
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 22, 2014 at 8:42 pm

straight talk is a registered user.

Lucky it was a telephone poll and not a kid. I see countless people staring at their phones as they are driving - as the statewide campaign says: "it can wait". Don't be so selfish and be responsible for a glance away and an action you will regret forever.

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