Almanac

News - May 4, 2011

Menlo Park police see rise in burglaries, thefts

by Dave Boyce

Police are noticing a rise in property crimes — burglaries and thefts — in Menlo Park.

In a seven-day period from April 22 to 28, property crimes resulted in losses of about $21,000, according to Menlo Park police.

"We have definitely noticed it," Sgt. Matthew Ortega told the Almanac when asked about the string of crimes. Redwood City and Palo Alto have been "hit just as hard," he said.

The department has deployed burglary suppression teams of detectives and officers, including undercover officers and bicycle patrols, to make contact with suspicious people and people with property-crime histories, Sgt. Ortega said.

A major loss in Menlo Park occurred at a home in the 220 block of Tioga Drive in the Sharon Heights neighborhood, where thieves entered through an unlocked sliding glass door and took a laptop computer, jewelry and a digital camera for a total estimated loss of $7,325, according to an April 25 report.

In two burglaries in the 1200 and 1300 block of Carlton Avenue, also through unlocked entries, thieves hauled out goods valued at $5,800, including jewelry and laptops plus electronic entertainment equipment, two watches, a cell phone, and four baseball caps, police reported April 24.

Thieves forced open the front door of a residence in the 300 block of Ivy Drive and stole stuff valued at $3,000, including jewelry, a TV, credit cards and $200 in cash, an incident also reported on April 24.

On the following day, thieves stole a stove and a refrigerator valued at $1,420 from an unoccupied apartment in the 1100 block of Willow Road, police said.

In a commercial burglary, thieves entered the Esquire Barber Shop at 830 Newbridge St. on April 26 and stole $800 in cash and clippers, blades and shears valued at $250.

A resident of a Willow Road apartment told police on April 25 of a forced entry into a storage room but was not forthcoming as to whether anything had been stolen, police said.

Thieves entered the property of a paving contractor in the 3600 block of Haven Avenue on April 20 and stole a metal tank used for sealing asphalt and valued at $1,926, police said.

Finally, an auto burglary in the 100 block of Durham Street resulted in the break-in and taking of a $400 GPS unit from a vehicle,

Thieves stole two vehicles over the week, a white 2011 Nissan Versa from the 2700 block of Sand Hill Road, and a white 1992 Lexus ES300 from the 1100 block of Bieber Avenue.

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