Police log

Publication Date: Wednesday Jun 17, 1998

Police log

Nine Menlo-Atherton students have been arrested in connection with a residential burglary in Atherton in May, according to Atherton police. Three girls, ages 16 to 17, were reported missing on Saturday, June 6, according to Menlo Park police. They allegedly checked into a Menlo Park motel using a stolen credit card, police said. The credit card was traced to a residential burglary in Atherton on May 26, said Atherton Police Chief Steve Cader. Credit cards, a laptop computer, cameras and a rifle were stolen from the Oak Grove Avenue home, which is close to Menlo-Atherton High School, Cader said. Last Monday, one of the three girls allegedly admitted to her involvement in the burglary and two admitted to possession of stolen property, according to Cader. Six further suspects, two boys aged 14 and 16, and four girls aged 14 and 15, were also arrested for their involvement in the burglary, Cader said. The suspects were booked into juvenile hall. Although some of the stolen property has been recovered, police are still searching for the rifle that was taken and for further suspects, according to Det. Fred Alanis.

A 65-year-old homeless man was assaulted as he slept in bushes in Stanford's arboretum Thursday night, according to Stanford police. Thomas Strand was attacked with a flashlight around 11 p.m. and suffered broken ribs, a broken arm and a collapsed lung, said Capt. Raoul Niemeyer. His assailant was described as a 30-year-old white or Hispanic man with shoulder-length curly hair and a white coat or jacket, Niemeyer said. The man allegedly told the sleeping Strand to, "Get out of here," said Niemeyer, who did not know what the attacker's motive was.

A man broke into a Nova Lane home in Menlo Park on Thursday morning, waking two sleeping residents, according to police. The man entered the home through an open window from the rear yard and stole a Fender electric guitar, a set of keys to the house and car, and a purse, according to police reports. He was challenged by one of the residents and left through the front door, leaving his shoes behind, police said. The man was described as white, in his 30s, unshaven, wearing glasses, a gray ski cap and a dark sweatshirt, police said. Anyone who has seen any suspicious people in the Nova Lane area in the last few days should call 858-3300. Menlo Park police warned residents to keep their homes secure while asleep or when out of town.

Three mugging incidents on the Stanford University campus have prompted Stanford police to warn residents and students via flier distribution, according to Captain Raoul Niemeyer. Two of the incidents occurred in Escondido Village, the first on March 13 and the second on April 22. The most recent incident occurred May 30 at 9:45 p.m. near the basketball courts of Escondido Village. An anonymous female caller who refused to identify herself said that her son and a 15-year-old friend were going to retrieve their bikes near the basketball court when two young males with ski masks and carrying knives took "identifying property." The caller was concerned that the assailants would come back to her house for retribution if she identified herself or took action. The victims noted a white Chevy Impala at the scene from which people were "making noises" at them. Anyone with information regarding these incidents should contact Det. Allen James at 723-9633. 

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