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News - July 13, 2011

Briefs: Three arrested in connection with burglaries

Menlo Park police arrested three male juveniles Thursday (July 7) in connection with several residential burglaries on Gilbert Avenue, Laurel Avenue and Pope Street in Menlo Park.

The arrests were triggered by a report from a resident in the 700 block of Gilbert Avenue who said that on returning home at about 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 6, it was discovered that the home was broken into and property was stolen.

The next day Menlo Park police detectives found that the property reported missing was similar to items confiscated by officers on Monday, July 4, from three male juveniles.

The juveniles — a 14-year-old from Coalinga and a 13- and 14-year-old from East Palo Alto — were booked into Juvenile Hall on suspicion of burglary.

The suspects admitted to other burglaries in the 700 block of Gilbert Avenue, the 100 and 800 blocks of Laurel Avenue, and the 500 block of Pope Street, said Nicole Acker, a spokesperson for the Menlo Park Police Department.

Anyone with information about these burglaries is asked to call the police department at 330-6300.

Burglars take laptops from Corte Madera

One or more burglars broke into the computer lab at Corte Madera Middle School in Portola Valley and got away with 21 laptop computers valued at about $16,000, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

The incident was reported to the Sheriff's Office on June 30. The school, located at 4195 Alpine Road in Portola Valley, is closed for the summer and investigators have no leads, deputies said.

Car accident in Portola Valley

A woman attempting to park her car June 30 in the 500 block of Portola Road — the location of The Sequoias retirement community — jumped a curb and collided with a 3-foot retaining wall after accidentally stepping on the accelerator, deputies said.

After hitting the wall, the vehicle veered and traveled 35 feet along the wall, ran into a golf cart and pushed it into another wall, deputies said.

The driver's vehicle sustained "moderate damage" to the hood, grill and driver's side fender and rear quarter panel, the report said. The driver was reported "incapacitated at the scene."

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