Police calls: $1,000 in cash found strapped to chest of arrested man


This information is based on reports 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 unless convicted. Police received the reports on the dates shown.


Marijuana-related arrest: A deputy checked on a man found walking in the 1500 block of La Honda Road and found that he was wanted in New York on a felony charge, that he had about $1,000 in cash "strapped to his chest," and that an inventory of his belongings at the county jail turned up 5.4 pounds of marijuana vacuum-packed into six pouches and about 8 ounces of marijuana butter. Dec. 7.

Soliciting: A deputy met with and issued a citation to a man going door-to-door to sell books in the vicinity of Laning Drive. Dec. 10.

Suspicious circumstances: Responding to a call about a suspicious person, and after making a records check, a sheriff's deputy advised a man standing at a corner in the 700 block of Mountain Home Road to leave the area unless he had an invitation to be there. Dec. 5.



Theft: While a delivery truck was parked at the Menlo Circus Club on Park Lane, someone stole bottles of Jack Daniels whiskey in a box in the back of the truck. Estimated loss: $200. Dec. 21.



Stolen vehicle: A resident of Ansel Lane told a deputy that he learned that his vehicle had been stolen after receiving a towing bill in the mail. Dec. 5.



Fraud and theft: A resident of Bellair Way reported that someone manipulated the resident's credit card account and conducted transactions amounting to $58,023. Dec. 8.



Residential burglary: A burglar kicked in the back door of a home on Gilbert Avenue and stole the resident's jewelry. Estimated loss: $10,000. Dec. 18.

Auto burglaries:

• A thief entered an unlocked vehicle parked on Sonoma Avenue and stole a bracelet, a cellphone charger and a phone earpiece. Estimated loss: $350. Dec. 21.

• Someone stole a wallet including a driver's license, credit card and $20 in cash from an unlocked vehicle parked on Nash Avenue. Estimated loss: $60. Dec. 17.

• Thieves broke into "several vehicles" parked underground at Bradley's Fine Diner on Merrill Street while the vehicle owners were in the restaurant, police said. No estimate yet on losses. Dec. 21.


• Someone walked into an unlocked office at Sparta Performance Science at 165A Constitution Drive and stole three laptop computers and a wallet with credit cards inside. Estimated loss: $4,505. Dec. 19.

• A resident of San Luis Drive reported the theft of silver flatware. Estimated loss: $3,200. Dec. 21.

• Someone stole a bicycle and accessories from the back porch of a home on O'Connor Street. Estimated loss: $1,740. Dec. 20.

• A thief stole a package containing a pair of shoes, a blouse and underwear from in front of a home on Trinity Drive. Estimated loss: $456. Dec. 18.

• A man walked into the CVS pharmacy at 700 El Camino Real and walked out with 12 boxes of allergy medication that he did not pay for. Police describe the man as white and in his early 20s, with short brown hair and wearing a black coat, blue jeans and "white tennis shoes," with a white Walmart bag slung over his shoulder. Estimated loss: $447. Dec. 19.

• Someone stole an unlocked bike from in front of Jeffrey's Hamburgers restaurant at 888 El Camino Real. Estimated loss: $400. Dec. 18.

• A thief stole a package from the front porch of a home on Pierce Road. Inside the package were components for a machine designed to help people with sleep apnea breathe through the night. Estimated loss: $116. Dec. 16.

• A man walked into the Safeway supermarket at 525 El Camino Real and allegedly picked out items to buy. While standing in line to pay for a drink, he picked up a tote from his shopping cart and left the store. No estimate on losses. Dec. 17.

• Police report that two people entered the CVS pharmacy at 700 El Camino Real and stole merchandise and fled. No other details were available. Dec. 18.

• Police report that four men were involved in a theft, possibly of razor blades and soap, from the Safeway supermarket at 525 El Camino Real. No estimate on losses. Dec. 18.

• Police cited and released a Palo Alto woman after she allegedly ran out of the Safeway supermarket at 525 El Camino Real with "a cart full of groceries" without paying for them. The groceries were recovered. Dec. 20.


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