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Police calls: CO2 tank used to break open door in steak house

This information is from the Menlo Park Police Department. Under the law, people charged with offenses are considered innocent unless convicted. Police received the reports on the dates shown.

MENLO PARK

Commercial burglary report: Someone smashed the side door of the LB Steak House at 898 Santa Cruz Ave. and used a tank of carbon dioxide to force open a locked door inside. Stolen were several bottles of alcoholic beverages and a meat slicer. Estimated loss: $550. June 20.

Auto burglary report: Two toolboxes and tools, a radar detector and scanner were stolen from a locked vehicle parked on Haven Avenue. Estimated loss: $1,600. June 17.

Theft reports:

■ Two laptop computers, two Apple iPads, a Kindle reader, earphones, headphones, a cell phone and luggage were stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked in the 500 block of El Camino Real. Estimated loss: $7,565. June 19.

■ Ten bottles of wine were stolen in a hand-basket from the Safeway supermarket at 525 El Camino Real. Estimated loss: $650. June 16.

■ Someone stole a wallet, gym bag containing shoes and sunglasses and clothing, and a watch from an unlocked vehicle parked on Hobart Street. Estimated loss: $270. June 16.

■ Two visitors to the CVS Pharmacy at 700 El Camino Real were caught on a video surveillance camera stealing 21 containers of makeup. Estimated loss: $178.50. June 19.

■ A car battery was stolen from a vehicle parked in the 100 block of Independence Drive. Estimated loss: $150. June 17.

■ Someone stole a surveillance camera from the exterior of Stack Plastics at 3525 Haven Ave. Estimated loss: $150. June 19.

■ A handbag left unattended inside the Subway sandwich shop on Santa Cruz Avenue was stolen. Estimated loss: $89. June 19.

■ Someone stole a purse left inadvertently at a location in the 200 block of El Camino Real. Estimated loss: $25.

Fraud reports:

■ Police arrested a man, without incident, who allegedly attempted to cash a fraudulent check at Citibank on Santa Cruz Avenue. No loss. June 17.

■ Someone claiming to be a utility worker called on an individual on Doyle Street demanding $498.95 to pay off an account balance or lose electric power within the hour. The individual bought a gift card as directed and paid the amount. June 17.

■ A resident of Middle Avenue received voice mails threatening the resident with "legal ramifications" if an outstanding account balance with the IRS were not paid. No loss. June 17.

■ Someone used stolen credit card information to extract money from the PayPal account of a Durham Street resident who sold products online. PayPal made the resident whole. No losses. June 18.

■ Two people used counterfeit bills to buy gift cards at the Safeway supermarket at 525 El Camino Real. Estimated loss: $430. June 18.

Dave Boyce

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