Thieves pilfer electronics from Menlo Park church

More than $12,500 in electronics stolen from Menlo Park Presbyterian Church

A burglary and associated loss of about $12,900 has left the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church at 950 Santa Cruz Ave. without its electronic device that controlled the church lights, according to a March 5 police report.

Police investigators have no idea how many people might have been involved in the burglary, Menlo Park Police Department spokeswoman Nicole Acker said. The police report shows no indication of fingerprints having been found at the scene, she said.

The church was undamaged. Like many churches, this one was unlocked and open to the public from time to time, Acker said.

Police believe the burglary occurred between 9:30 p.m. on March 2 and 12:30 p.m. on March 4.

— Almanac staff

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Posted by Enough!
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Mar 8, 2011 at 10:54 am

With each sucessive story I read like this, I get more and more depressed. What is WRONG with people?

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Posted by Steve C
a resident of Menlo Park
on Mar 8, 2011 at 11:11 am

This equipment must show up somewhere for sale. Ads should be posted in
Craigslist at major cities in the state, identifying what equipment was stolen. Pawn shops should have already been notified by police, but as a precaution, that should be done as well. Also, any companies that deal in scrap and recycled electronics should also be notified.
It is sad, but this is how thieves survive. Where and whom they steal from is not a concern for them, only how quickly they can turn stolen property into cash.

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Posted by Crescent Park Dad
a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 8, 2011 at 11:18 am

Who steals from a church?

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Posted by inside job
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 8, 2011 at 11:31 am

Who targets a church for fancy electronic equipment? Who knows the equipment is there in the first place?

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Mar 8, 2011 at 11:51 am

Lots of people steal from churcher, unfortunately, from the donation boxes to clergy & staff personal items. Ashes of a person were just stolen recently from a backpack in a church. Can you imagine your loved one's remains getting stolen?

I have a minister friend whose backpack was stolen w/from her PA church office & it contained her knitting & her snacks. She left her office door unlocked for a few minutes while darting into another office. Many of the sanctuaries or church halls have LCD projectors, screens & electronics which are used often for rentals & church activities. If something's not locked up, even left unsecure for a short time, it can swiftly disappear. There are commonly rashes of church burglaries & vandalism, pretty lousy.

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Posted by Inside Job
a resident of Menlo Park
on Mar 8, 2011 at 12:13 pm

I think you are probably right.... who would be over there... and then who would know what was there.

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Posted by Enough!
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Mar 9, 2011 at 11:39 am

In Alameda, someone stole a backpack from the sanctuary of a church. It was left there for just a minute, and some scumbag stole it. The backpack contained the remains of a woman who brought them for a funeral type service. Disgusting.

I don't CARE if this is how thieves survive. It's not right.

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Posted by Enough!
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Mar 9, 2011 at 11:40 am

Excuse me, it contained the remains of a beloved husband that his widow brought to the church for a final mass.

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Posted by Wendy Bieber
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Mar 16, 2011 at 6:27 am

I just have a problem with those that are hurting ... hurt others to resolve their hurting. What is wrong with these people. It goes without saying: those that run through Nordstrom and rip parkas because they believe in animal rights is no way to show REI or NY carry real fur! Gee wiz. If you care for animals so much find another way to show your belief ... not by committing a crime! Oh Lord!

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