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Community - May 15, 2013

Police Calls

This information is from the Menlo Park and Atherton police departments and the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office. Under the law, people charged with offenses are considered innocent until convicted.

WOODSIDE

Intruder: A woman spotted a flashlight shining in her backyard at night, wielded by persons unknown. A search of the Glenwood Avenue home found a courtyard gate open, but no other signs of intruders, May 3.

MENLO PARK

Thefts: Thieves made off with one Pope Street resident's $1,000 laptop, lifted from a cabinet, and a neighbor's ice skating bag, complete with skates, luggage, shoes and three books, with a total value of $1,900, stolen from an unlocked car during the early afternoon of May 3.

•Two catalytic converters, worth $1,200, vanished from a Toyota parked on Woodland Avenue, May 3.

• Bikes remained a popular target. A $150 bicycle was stolen from an Encinal Avenue carport despite being locked, May 5. A cut cable lock testified to the disappearance of a $250 silver "beach cruiser" bike from a carport on San Antonio Street on May 7; the theft may or may not be related to an earlier incident where someone loosened all the lug nuts, the victim told police. The owner of a $600 bicycle stored on Willow Road was equally unfortunate; that bicycle vanished sometime during a span of two weeks despite being held in a secured garage, May 9.

Shoplifting A 21-year-old Palo Alto woman opted to leave a store on El Camino Real with two bottles of wine in her purse without first stopping by the checkout counter. A store employee confiscated the wine and called police, who arrested the woman for petty theft, May 4. No word on whether she simply forgot to bring a reusable shopping bag.

• A man departed from a 7-11 on Oak Grove Avenue with an 18-pack of beer and four bags of chips without paying for the goods, worth $32.05. The suspect wore a black baseball cap with red writing, a white shirt and glasses, according to witnesses, who described him as a Hispanic man about 25 to 30 years old, May 5.

Burglaries: Someone dropped down into Ann's Coffee Shop on Santa Cruz Avenue through a roof hatch, and stole a laptop along with approximately $450 before fleeing undetected, May 6.

• A locked vehicle provided little challenge to a thief who smashed in its window to grab eight shirts, a fleece blanket and headphones worth $630 on Alma Street, May 5.

ATHERTON

Scam: A man claiming to be an Atherton resident's grandson called and asked for money to be sent to Australia. Police officers advised it was likely a scam, May 6.

Burglary: Someone smashed the window of a vehicle parked on Patricia Drive, but didn't steal anything, May 10.

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