In the past month, Palo Alto has experienced a spate of home thefts with suspects specifically targeting vacant homes after dark.
Since October 9, according to Palo Alto police, there have been 11 burglaries that meet the description. While the occupants are away, the suspects break into the houses and take jewelry and other valuables.
According to a police news release, “the trend shows the crimes are occurring in unoccupied residences between 7 and 9 p.m., frequently on Friday and Saturday nights, in several sections of the town. Entry is typically gained by smashing glass doors in rear yards.” “While alarms have sounded in some of the homes, they haven’t in others. In each case, no one was home when the crimes were committed.”
Once inside the houses, the intruders appear to be intent on stealing valuables and safes as they freely search the rooms.
In order to look into any potential connections to similar crimes in other cities, investigators are also collaborating with local law enforcement agencies.
According to the news release, “it appears that at least several of the cases have been committed by the same group of between two and four individuals.”
The suspects appear to be Hispanic men in their twenties, according to investigators’ analysis of the CCTV film, and they frequently sport hooded sweatshirts, gloves, and face masks.
Police have intensified marked and plainclothes patrols in residential areas as a reaction.
Residents in the area were urged to keep a lookout for any strange behavior and to report it right away by calling our round-the-clock dispatch center at (650) 329-2413.
Police advise locking any side yard gates if you want to keep intruders from easily accessing your property. In addition, police advise locking all windows and doors at night and activating your alarm system whenever you leave the house.
The following is a list of the residential burglaries that the police believe to be part of this trend, along with some noteworthy extra information on some of them:
Manuela Drive, 4200 block, October 9. Suspects in a dark gray sedan—three of them.
Moffett Circle, 1000 block, October 22. Suspects in two.
Rosewood Drive, 700 block, October 22. a gray sedan carrying two suspects.
Van Auken Circle in the 900 block on October 22.
4200 block of Briarwood Way on October 28.
28.10. 4200 block of Briarwood Way (separate from above).
Waverley Street, 3400 block, October 29.
3600 block of Louis Road on November 4. 9 weapons (all legally owned and registered) were stolen from a locked gun safe.
Tennyson Avenue, 200 block, November 5. a white SUV carrying two suspects.
Calling our 24-hour dispatch center at (650) 329-2413 is the best way for anyone with information to contact us on this crime pattern or any of these break-ins. Send anonymous tips by text message or voicemail to (650) 383-8984, or send emails to [email protected]