Almanac

News - November 23, 2011

Thieves target laptop computers and bikes

by Dave Boyce

Recent crime reports from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office show bicycles and laptop computers to be prized objects for theft.

Thieves reportedly stole four "high priced" bicycles, total loss estimated at $27,000, from the side yard of a home on Dedalera Drive in the unincorporated community of Ladera, deputies reported Nov. 12.

The bicycle thefts are the second such incident in Ladera in recent weeks. In a Nov. 4 report, two bikes valued at $3,600 were stolen from a garage on Lucero Way by someone who entered through "an opening" at the back end of the garage, deputies said.

Also in Ladera, someone stole a briefcase and two laptop computers on Nov. 11 from an unlocked vehicle on West Floresta Way, deputies said.

Two backpacks containing laptop computers were reported stolen on Nov. 7 at the Woodside Priory School at 302 Portola Road in Portola Valley, with one computer valued at $2,000 and the other at $3,600, deputies said.

An unlocked vehicle on Stonegate Road in Portola Valley was the scene of a Nov. 5 theft of a toiletry bag containing pain medications, a pair of Gucci sunglasses, a key to the Alpine Hills Swim & Tennis Club, and $40 in cash, for a total loss esimated at $440, deputies said.

Tools valued at $2,600 were stolen in a Nov. 11 break-in to a locked pickup truck at the Park-and-Ride at Woodside Road and Interstate 280, deputies said.

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