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News - November 6, 2013

Police Calls

This information is from the San Mateo County Sheriff''s Office and the Menlo Park Police Department. Under the law, people charged with offenses are considered innocent unless convicted.

PORTOLA VALLEY

Assault report: Two 10-year-old girls and an 11-year-old boy were assaulted in the parking lot of the Alpine Hills Swim and Tennis Club during a Halloween party. The children had no visible injuries and refused medical treatment, Oct. 26.

Residential burglary report: Five pieces of jewelry with a value of about $38,400 are missing from a home on Buckeye. There were no signs of forced entry, Oct. 23.

WEST MENLO PARK

Theft report: A resident of Sterling Avenue had removed his $4,800 watch and put it in the center console of his vehicle before going swimming at Burgess Park pool in Menlo Park. He later left the vehicle on the street in front of his home and discovered the watch missing while driving to work, though did not find evidence of forced entry into the vehicle, Oct. 16.

LADERA

Residential burglary report: Someone pried open a side door and ransacked a home on La Mesa Drive, left with $22,370 in silverware and assorted jewelry and fled in an unknown direction, Oct. 18.

WOODSIDE

Residential burglary reports:

• A resident of Meadow Road came home to find several pieces of jewelry missing from the master bedroom and her wallet removed from her purse, a loss estimated at $4,000 to $5,000. The house had been locked except for a window left open for ventilation, she told sheriff's deputies, Oct. 16.

• An older iPod with a value of about $50 is missing from a Woodside Road residence in which a rear door and an interior door had been forced open, Oct. 22.

Auto burglary reports:

• A shawl and the purse underneath it, a combined value of $206, were discovered to be missing from the front seat of a locked vehicle parked on Old La Honda Road near Dennis Martin Creek. The vehicle's owner had gone for a hike, Oct. 18.

• Someone smashed the rear passenger side window of a vehicle parked near Dennis Martin Creek and stole items from the back seat with an estimated value of $1,500, Oct. 25.

MENLO PARK

Residential burglary reports:

• A resident of Arnold Way told police that she is missing a diamond engagement ring with a value of $15,000 to $20,000, Oct. 12.

• Someone entered an unlocked residence on Partridge Avenue and stole a laptop computer and jewelry, a loss estimated at $2,200, Oct. 31.

• The resident of a Woodland Avenue home spoke to and scared away burglary suspects who had removed a window screen and were trying to pry the window open, Oct. 29.

• A washer and dryer are missing from a home under construction on Hobart Street, but police have not yet reported on the value of the appliances or the method of entering the home, Oct. 24.

• A resident of Ringwood Avenue told police that a would-be burglar trying to gain entry through a bedroom window fled after the resident called 9-1-1. The suspect is male, about 5 feet 9 inches tall and wearing blue jeans and a gray hooded sweatshirt, Oct. 25.

Robbery reports:

• A delivery man was robbed of an envelope containing cash and gift cards while sitting at a table in front of Donut Delite at Willow Road and Durham Street. He chased the robbery suspect into a vehicle and recovered the envelope but found that $500 was missing, Oct. 23.

• A woman who said she had a gun but did not display it robbed the Bank of the West at 701 Santa Cruz Avenue and fled out a side door at about 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29. She was wearing a red Cincinnati baseball cap, sunglasses, a dark gray or black puffy jacket, gray sweatpants and white-and-black tennis shoes and is believed to be in her mid-20s, between 5 feet 9 inches and 6 feet tall and of Pacific Islander ethnicity.

Theft reports:

• Someone stole an automatic-gate opener and a camera from an unlocked vehicle and a bicycle from an apartment shed from a residence on East O'Keefe Street for a total loss estimated at $1,680, Oct. 24.

• A $1,500 bicycle was left unlocked in the backyard of a Claremont Way residence and is now missing, Oct. 30.

• Between $1,000 and $1,500 in cash is missing from a residence on Hollyburne Avenue and police are unable to prove conflicting accounts of what happened, Oct. 28.

• A BMX bicycle with a value of $400 is missing and believed stolen from the rear parking lot of Menlo Velo bicycle shop at 433 El Camino Real, Oct. 30.

• A patron of McDonald's restaurant at 1100 El Camino Real is missing $350 in cash and his wallet, believed stolen while inside the restaurant, Oct. 30.

Vandalism reports: The front windows of three businesses on Sharon Park Drive — European Shoe Service, El Cerrito Restaurant and Mitsonubu Restaurant — were damaged or smashed, Oct. 27.

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