Police calls: Portola Valley home ransacked in $59K jewelry heist


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.


Residential burglary: Someone smashed a window of a home on Santa Maria Avenue, ransacked the interior and stole jewelry. Estimated loss: $59,000. Feb. 23.

Fraud: Someone unknown transferred money from the bank account of a resident of Willowbrook Drive. Estimated loss: $1,150. Feb. 21.




• Thieves stole two spools of copper wire from a construction site in the 1300 block of Willow Road. Estimated loss: $34,000. Feb. 27.

• Two men stole a walker from a woman waiting for a ride from a friend in the vicinity of Chestnut Street and Menlo Avenue. Inside the walker's storage compartment were groceries. Police described the men as black, clean-shaven and about 6 feet tall. Estimated loss: $210. Feb. 28.

• A thief entered a storage unit in the first bloc of Willow Road and stole two Louis Vuitton suitcases. Estimated loss: $3,000. March 2.

• Thieves stole air-duct materials from a construction site in the 1300 block of Willow Road. Estimated loss: $700. Feb. 27.

• Someone stole a wallet with $160 in cash inside from an unlocked vehicle parked under a carport on Fremont Street. Estimated loss: $210. Feb. 11.

• Thieves stole Ring-brand Wi-Fi doorbell/camera devices from two homes, one of Elder Avenue and the other in the 600 block of Willow Road. Estimated losses: $210 and $200. Feb. 27.

• An unlocked bicycle was stolen from the front porch of a home on Hamilton Avenue. Estimated loss: $200. Feb. 26.

• Someone stole two pocket knives and a pair of sunglasses from an unlocked vehicle parked on Fremont Street. Estimated loss: $150. Feb. 27.

• A cellphone, charger and cords were stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked on Grayson Court. Estimated loss: $55. Feb. 28.

• A man walked into Safeway supermarket at 525 El Camino Real, picked out a bottle of wine and left the store without paying for it. Police describe the man as black, in his 20s, about 6 feet tall and wearing a white fleece hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. Feb. 10.

• Police arrested a San Jose man on suspicion of having stolen razors, which were subsequently returned, from CVS pharmacy at 700 El Camino Real. Feb. 25.

Residential burglaries:

• Someone stole action figurines and other collectible items, Christmas decorations and camping equipment from a storage locker in the first block of Willow Road. Estimated loss:$9,400. March 2.

• An unlocked bike was stolen from the open garage of a home on Harmon Drive. Estimated loss: $650. March 1.

• Someone stole a bike from a bike rack under a carport on Alice Lane. Estimated loss: $500. Feb. 28.

Auto burglary: By means unknown, someone entered a vehicle parked on Waverley Street and stole a pair of sunglasses and a set of golf clubs. Estimated loss: $2,200. March 3.



Theft: Someone entered an unlocked vehicle and stole hearing aids. Estimated loss: $6,700. Feb. 15.

Auto burglary: A burglar smashed a window on a vehicle parked on Avy Avenue and stole a bag with a computer inside. Estimated loss: $1,150. Feb. 21.

Fraud: A resident of Sneckner Court said that someone opened a line of credit in her name for a retailer in Roseville. Estimated loss: $1,500. Jan. 23.



Theft and forgery: A resident of the 2800 block of Woodside Road told deputies of a stolen package with checks inside and the subsequent cashing of one of those checks for $1,433.50. Feb. 17.

Drunkenness: A deputy arriving on the scene of a traffic accident at Friars Lane and La Honda Road cited a driver on charges of driving under the influence and another person on the scene on charges of being drunk in public and unable to take care of herself. Feb. 20.




• Someone stole a cellphone and a wallet from a backpack in a hallway outside a weight room at Menlo-Atherton High School at 555 Middlefield Road. Estimated loss: $250. March 2.

• Someone stole a backpack from a locker room at M-A High. No estimate on losses. March 1.

Accident report: A vehicle heading south on El Camino Real collided with a bicyclist riding across El Camino inside a crosswalk at Stockbridge Avenue. Medics took the cyclist to Stanford Hospital with minor injuries, but police cited him for "unsafe starting," a charge referring to his illegal activity of riding a bike in a crosswalk, police said. Feb. 25.


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Dave Boyce


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Posted by Where are the cops?
a resident of Woodside: other
on Mar 7, 2017 at 1:15 pm

Where are the police in Atherton, Menlo Park, and Woodside.

Oh, right they are playing with their radar guns. Dump the radar and start solving crimes.

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Posted by 70s gal
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on Mar 7, 2017 at 4:23 pm

Why doesn't the construction site at 1300 Willow Road have security? How much is this construction billed out at and how much money in materials can they afford to loose? oh wait, the insurance.

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Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Mar 7, 2017 at 6:33 pm

Menlo Voter. is a registered user.

70s gal:

who said the site didn't have security? Most sites have fences and locked gates. BUT, crooks have bolt cutters. Its really not that complicated. Believe me, as a builder who's had this happen, its definitely NOT about the insurance. Tool and material thefts are a giant pain in the ass. The insurance doesn't even begin to make up for it. Not to mention when you cough up a $3500 to $5000 deductible there's really no point.

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Posted by 70s gal
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on Mar 8, 2017 at 8:51 am

Menlo Voter,
Point taken. These crooks just make me so mad. If we don't hire round the clock watchdogs we are vulnerable, and that is just so wrong.

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Posted by SteveC
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Mar 8, 2017 at 10:27 am

Good point 70s gal, attack dogs should be behing locked fences/gate. Area posted, enter at your own risk. Fresh meat on the run!!

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Posted by Unbelievable
a resident of another community
on Mar 9, 2017 at 2:45 pm

Wait one cotton picking minute. A cyclist cannot ride in the crosswalk on el Camino real? The cyclist in a crosswalk gets hit by a motorist and is cited?

The Atherton cops have been rumored to be jerks but this one takes the cake. Is there more to this story?

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