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Police calls: $17,000 charged to Portola Valley resident's credit card

 

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

PORTOLA VALLEY

Identity theft report: Someone opened an unauthorized credit card account in the name of a resident of the 700 block of Alpine Road and made more than $17,000 in charges in the Sacramento area. The victim will not incur the losses. Jan. 21.

Auto burglary report: A vehicle parked at Alpine Road and Willowbrook Drive was found with a smashed window and missing a ThinkPad laptop computer and carrying bag, gift cards, and business paperwork for a total estimated loss of $2,150. Jan. 26.

WOODSIDE

Auto burglary report: A purse, a wallet and an Apple iPad are missing from a vehicle with a window smashed and parked on the shoulder of Canada Road about a half-mile north of the Jefferson Avenue intersection. Before reporting the $1,300 loss, the victim canceled the stolen checks and credit cards. Jan. 26.

MENLO PARK

Residential burglary reports:

■ Four televisions, three DVD players, a watch and silverware are missing from a home on Sevier Avenue, a $5,600 loss. Jan. 28.

■ Someone kicked a hole in the front door of a home on McKendry Drive while the residents were away and stole jewelry and a purse, a $2,906 loss. Jan. 29.

■ A $120 bike is missing after having been locked and under a carport on Coleman Place. Jan. 29.

■ A control box for an automatic gate was damaged and the padlock on the box forcibly removed at a home on Del Norte Avenue. Jan. 27.

■ A home on Ringwood Avenue was found with a smashed rear window but no evidence of anything having been taken. Feb. 1.

Commercial burglary reports:

■ A security guard interrupted two would-be burglars who had smashed a window to force their way into the offices of August Capital at 2480 Sand Hill Road. The suspects had allegedly taken two desktop computers out of the office, but in fleeing the scene had discarded them nearby, where they were recovered. Feb. 1.

■ Police arrested and booked into jail a Menlo Park man on suspicion of stealing a $39 bottle of an alcoholic beverage from the Draeger's Supermarket at 1010 University Drive. Jan. 30.

Theft reports:

■ Someone entered the law offices of Latham & Watkins LLP at 140 Scott Drive and stole packages containing two clutch purses, a loss estimated at $1,359. It's not known how the thief entered the building. Jan. 24.

■ A parking permit sticker for the Menlo Park parking plaza, a $592 item, is missing from a vehicle parked at Doyle Street and Menlo Avenue. Jan. 28.

■ A $375 bicycle, unlocked at the time, is missing from the 500 block of Glenwood Avenue. Jan. 27.

■ Police arrested, cited and subsequently released a Menlo Park man allegedly caught in the act of stealing $122 worth of food and alcoholic beverages from Draeger's Supermarket at 1010 University Drive. Jan. 24.

■ Police arrested and booked into jail a Menlo Park woman on suspicion of shoplifting $50 in food from Draeger's Supermarket at 1010 University Drive. The food was recovered. Jan. 24.

■ She fled before the police arrived, but a woman allegedly did try to obtain a $52 refund by using a fraudulent receipt to return stolen merchandise to the Safeway supermarket on Sharon Park Drive. She left behind the merchandise and the receipt. Jan. 27.

Dave Boyce

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