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Police calls: Bicycles valued at $11,000 stolen from open garage

This information is from 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.

WOODSIDE

Residential burglary report: A garage door on Tripp Court was inoperative and would not close for about an hour which, the resident said, led to his bicycles being stolen. Estimated loss: $11,000. June 11.

Theft reports:

■ A leaf blower and 5-gallon gas can were stolen from an unlocked horse stall used to store gardening equipment at Folger Stable at 4040 Woodside Road. Estimated loss: $475. May 31.

■ A purse containing a California driver's license, U.S. passport, vehicle keys, makeup, paperwork and credit cards was stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked in the 3000 block of Woodside Road. The credit cards were later used at Emerald City Liquors & Premium Wines in Redwood City and Target in Daly City. Estimated loss: $100. June 5.

Annoying a minor report: A man in a silver pickup truck exchanged greetings with a student from Woodside High School as she was walking along Hull Avenue in Redwood City. As she continued walking, the man came by in his truck and asked if she needed a ride home. She declined, and the man asked for her phone number, which she declined to give. He gave her his number and offered to "hang out" with her. Deputies contacted the suspect, who denied the behavior alleged. June 4.

Traffic accident report: A vehicle stopped at the stop sign on Mountain Home Road at Portola Road drove forward as a vehicle westbound on Portola Road was passing by and broadsided the westbound vehicle. Both vehicles were damaged, with major damage to the passing vehicle. The driver of the passing vehicle denied medical attention, but medics took the other driver to the hospital with an arm injury. June 12.

Dumping of waste report: A surveillance camera showed video of a man in a truck entering the parking lot of Roberts Market at the corner of Woodside and Mountain Home roads, taking garbage from the truck and placing it next to Roberts' trash compactor. The camera footage did not include a license plate and was too far away to get a clear image of the driver. June 13.

PORTOLA VALLEY

Traffic accident report: A man on a bicycle exiting from a driveway to head north on Arastradero Road ran broadside into a southbound vehicle whose driver "was unable to take action to avoid a collision." Medics took the cyclist to the hospital for his injuries. June 17.

Fraud report: Someone filed false tax returns in the name of a Hillbrook Drive resident, who was advised to contact the state tax board and the San Mateo County Sheriff's' Office. June 9.

WEST MENLO PARK

Residential burglary report: Someone kicked in the front door to a residence in the 2000 block of Santa Cruz Avenue, ransacked the interior and left with jewelry and an Apple iPad. Estimated loss: $2,400. June 15.

Theft report: A resident of Liberty Park Avenue who had left his bike unlocked in front of his house came out of his garage to see a stranger riding down his driveway on the resident's bike. The resident yelled "Stop," but to no avail as the rider turned left toward Cloud Avenue. The serial number will be entered in the statewide database. Estimated loss: $1,000. June 20.

Fraud report: Someone stole identity information from a resident of Hillside Avenue and used it to create an account that was then charged with online purchases. No losses. June 18.

LADERA

Vandalism report: A man in a black BMW drove away from the Shell gas station at 201 La Cuesta Drive with a gas nozzle still inserted in his vehicle's gas tank, which caused the hose to separate from its connection. Estimated loss: $200. June 22.

Dave Boyce

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Posted by resident
a resident of Woodside: other
on Jul 2, 2014 at 10:24 am

Pro tip: lock your bicycles, even in your garage with the door closed. Thieves are stalking bicyclists to see where they live, then come back at night to break into garages.


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Posted by Mark
a resident of Portola Valley: Brookside Park
on Jul 2, 2014 at 9:57 pm

Driving away with the gas hose still in the tank shouldn't cause damage since the hoses are designed to break free; it is easy to re-connect them. How do I know? I did the same thing and the gas station tried to charge me $100.00 I told them I'd call the police because I knew it could be re attached. Guess what, they quit asking me to pay and when I drove by 5 minutes later, the hose was reattached and being used.


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Posted by JasonE
a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on Jul 7, 2014 at 9:57 pm

I thought the entire gas pump was designed to detach, so then the driver would be more aware of his lapse and there would be more of an embarrassment factor.


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