News - June 8, 2011

Crime briefs: Store robbed at gunpoint

The Tri-E-Z convenience store on El Camino Real in Menlo Park lost cash and alcohol during an armed robbery on May 30.

Menlo Park police said two suspects entered the store in the 1800 block of El Camino Real, near Spruce Avenue, around 10:30 p.m.

One man, carrying a gun, forced an employee to empty $400 out of the cash register while the other suspect stuffed six bottles of hard liquor into a backpack before the pair fled, heading south.

A witness described the first man as either a Hispanic or white man standing between 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall, weighing about 180 pounds, and wearing a black ski mask, dark hoodie, jeans, and gloves.

The second man appeared to be a light-skinned black man of similar height, weighing about 200 pounds, wearing a dark ski mask, dark hoodie sweat shirt, jeans, gloves, and carrying a black backpack, according to the police report.

Teen flasher arrested

A 16-year-old boy allegedly approached two groups of women and exposed himself, leading the women to make rapid exits from his vicinity. He shoved one into a fence, but she was not hurt, according to Sgt. William Dixon of the Menlo Park Police Department.

The women, in their 30s, were walking in Belle Haven near the 1200 block of Sevier Avenue. The officer who took the reports recognized something familiar in their descriptions, and contacted a woman who'd been flashed back in February. She reportedly also identified the teen, who was arrested.


A string of thefts in Menlo Park continued without missing a beat last week. A burglar crept in through an unlocked backyard door in the 1000 block of Creek Drive on May 31, and left with $2,200 in stolen goods that included a laptop and digital camera, police said.

On June 1, a woman discovered $20,000 worth of diamond jewelry missing from her bedroom in the 2300 block of Crane Lane. The unidentified thief pulled off the caper sometime during the past two months, according to police.

Finally, a UPS package containing $20,000 in endoscopes vanished from a front porch in the 800 block of Laurel Avenue between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., according to the police report.


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