Wave of property crimes hits Menlo Park

Seven burglaries, three thefts reported in city since Aug. 4

A walker, a generator, computers and a gun were among the items stolen in a wave of property crimes in Menlo Park over the past several days that included seven burglaries and three cases of theft, according to police reports.

Among the residential burglaries, the largest loss -- $5,620 -- involved a broken bedroom window and the theft of a laptop computer, a diamond ring, a platinum ring and a checkbook from a house on Hillview Avenue in a case reported Aug. 5.

Two other home burglaries, both in the same block of Woodland Avenue, involved thefts of jewelry and electronic gear on Aug. 7. In neither case did police report a value for the losses, but both involved entries through unlocked portals, in one case a window and in the other a garage door.

Someone stole a generator valued at $1,200 from the bed of a truck after cutting a hole in the fence of a parking lot on Haven Avenue, according to a report for Aug. 6.

In an Aug. 4 report of a commercial burglary on Bay Road, someone stole a wallet containing $65 in cash from the Flood Park Ranger Station. Another wallet was stolen on Aug. 7 from an unlocked residence on Henderson Avenue. The report did not include an estimate of losses.

Someone stole two pairs of jeans and five tank tops in a package delivered to a house on McKendry Drive and reported on Aug. 5. In that same case, someone broke a side window of the house, but nothing was missing from inside, police said.

In three thefts reported on Aug. 4, 5 and 7, thieves stole a bicycle valued at $4,000 from a bike rack on a vehicle parked on Laurel Street, a handgun valued at $500 from an unlocked vehicle on Newbridge Street, and a walker from outside a residential back door on Crane Street, police said.


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Posted by Joe
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 9, 2012 at 8:35 am

There was a nice article, including a chart, of the crimes the neighboring cities. Palo Alto seemed to have the largest increase in property crimes. The article, quoting police, indicated that unlocked doors and windows in Palo Alto were significant contributors to these crimes.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 9, 2012 at 8:51 am

This gun is now out on the streets ready to maim or kill someone and used in further crime.

Tighten gun control now!

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Posted by guns
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Aug 9, 2012 at 8:56 am

What kind of gun was it? Should we be on the lookout for people owning that kind of gun? Where was the gun stolen from? Is that neighborhood in greater danger now?

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Posted by Scott
a resident of Menlo Park
on Aug 9, 2012 at 11:01 am

Someone stole a walker? Bizarre?

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Posted by law abiding citizen
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 9, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Why do people automatically go with gun control? Do you not understand that gun laws only apply to law abiding citizen's? Criminals do not follow the law, so why should any law abiding American have their second amendment right be restricted or taken away?

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 9, 2012 at 9:16 pm

The reason we need gun control is that we need to keep the guns out of the hands of criminals. To begin with, this presumably legally held gun is now a potential weapon for criminal activity. Additionally, in both the recent terrorist attacks in the movie theater and the sikh temple, the terrorists were able to buy their weaponry legally and passed all background checks.

Gun control is necessary because the system we have now is not working.

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Posted by moi
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 9, 2012 at 10:07 pm

Anyone who would leave a gun in an unlocked car has no business having a gun in the first place.

Or maybe even a car.

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Posted by Jim
a resident of another community
on Aug 10, 2012 at 3:04 am

Penal Code Section 12026.1 requires handguns to be in a locked container when transported in vehicles. There already are laws. California has some of the strictest ones in the nation. But some people just don't follow them.

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Posted by law abiding citizen
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 10, 2012 at 8:57 am

Criminals purchase their guns illegally or steal them like the story states. Criminals use guns that are not registered, law abiding citizens purchase their guns and are required to register them so I am not seeing how gun control would help. If anything gun control will only restrict us of our second amendment right and then we will have no way of protecting ourselves at home. The only reason the system is not working is because we have people who choose not to abide by the law. How can you justify gun control with very few incidents like the movie theater shooting. Not every gun owner goes on a shooting rampage end of story. If we allow for the government to take away that right we will be defeated by criminals.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 10, 2012 at 9:27 am

The less number of guns held by foolish (as was this one) law abiding citizens, the less opportunities for them to be held subsequently by criminals. If the authorities who issue permits can't tell who is going to be a crazy gun owner (like the two recent terrorists), then the system is at fault. There is no reason for anyone to own multiple weaponry designed to maim and kill.

Just because only a few gun owners are crazy and there are very "few incidents" doesn't mean that the rest of us should be terrorized when going to a movie or a place of worship.

Tighten gun control and get the guns out of our society. Make it harder for the crazies to get possession of a gun by legal as well as illegal ways. The less guns about the less likely they will end up in the hand of crazies.

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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 24, 2012 at 8:34 am

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Posted by Member
a resident of Menlo Park
on Nov 27, 2012 at 3:53 am

Criminals need weapons to conduct crime; law abiding citizens register their gun and take safety classes, they are making a declaration to uphold the right (or privilege) to own a gun, be ause it's not as simple as just "Gun control," as advocated by many here, that takse guns from law abiding citizens, leaving them defenseless against criminals. A criminal, by nature of his "profession" has the intent to commit a crime using any means; he'll get that gun one way or another, even if he has to assemble it himself. It's a senseless debate. California needs more legal gun owners and less criminals...police are great after the fact, but unless you have one next door, calling 911 and waiting in the closet for them to respond doesn't seem like a reasonable solution either. If we all gave up our Second Ammendment rights tomorrow,could there be any less crime? Or any less violent crimes? Criminals would like that to happen, so go hug a tree, no normal person is committing a crime and the ones who use a gun to do it go to prison. What more do you want?

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