Two juveniles cited in attempted burglary

Palo Alto police arrested two juveniles Saturday afternoon after an attempted residential burglary in the 700 block of Everett Street, Sgt. Sandra Brown said.

Glass had been broken on a door to the house and one of the juveniles had a cut on his arm, Police Agent Dan Ryan said.

The two youths were cited for attempted burglary and released to the custody of their parents. The incident happened at 5:30 p.m.

-- Don Kazak


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Posted by Neighbor
a resident of Downtown North
on Mar 4, 2008 at 12:01 pm

Cited and released? To burgle another day! How about a few hours in the pokey? I thought there was an ongoing "burglary crisis?" What kind of deterrence is this? Did an alert neighbor notify the police? How were they caught?

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Posted by ben
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Mar 4, 2008 at 4:39 pm

They should put their photos in the paper. At least the photos of the parents.

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Posted by Parent
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 4, 2008 at 4:50 pm

Now it is down to the parents to put their parenting skills into high gear. If these two youths are going to learn a lesson, then it is up to the parents to make sure they have a stiff punishment at home. If the parents do nothing, these kids will try again and next time it may be a bigger crime and so the circle will start. To the parents involved, give them the biggest scare of their lives and it might just save them.

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Posted by Tom
a resident of Community Center
on Mar 4, 2008 at 5:41 pm

"Cited and released"???? What kind of juvenile justice system is this? What kind of parents do these twerps have? Can the parents handle this - or should these kids spend a little time in juvenile hall?

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Posted by Joe
a resident of another community
on Mar 4, 2008 at 5:45 pm

"Cited and released?"

--- The Santa Clara County juvenile hall only accepts violent criminals. All others are cited and released.

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Posted by SOLON
a resident of Professorville
on Mar 4, 2008 at 10:00 pm


Time to immediately open a second tier juvenile home for 'non-violent' offender,which I guess includes those who invade homes, break glass, break and enter, give them an environment to reconsider their actions, confess to other crimes,if any ( are they responsible for the range of burglaries? is it meth related? What other crimes have they committed? Confession to all other crimes to date should be a priority; parental counseling; charging the parents for the costs of the arrest, damage, and incarceration;

or, are the taxpayers going to pick up the tab for the arrest, the defense, and through all of our insurance companies, the broken window too?

How afraid might a child or girl or woman or elderly or man be, when that glass breaks, and the juvenile hoodies arrive, it is like a movie scene.i can't even imagine how scary it could be!

Are cameras, government or private,an option at each entry and exit point from Palo Alto, to at least catch some after the fact,and change the "easy getaway ?

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Posted by 700 Block Everett Neighbor
a resident of Downtown North
on Mar 5, 2008 at 12:06 am

Hey Joe; good thing the house was vacant, maybe there would have been some violence if it was occupied. The community, the perps and the parents' were lucky it was vacant. I feel lucky they didn't choose my house. Lucky we aren't in Texas where defense of your property entitles one to use deadly force. Sure would cut back on the residential burglary rate; u think.

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Posted by fireman
a resident of another community
on Mar 5, 2008 at 10:02 am

Are they "CPA" Getting a WARRENT to look in their HOMES??

Gary Baum Calls the shots here! Well Gary going to look under their beds??

Or would that not come with PERSONAL or POLITICAL GAINS, for you and others?

Who leads the PD ,, Who tells them how to look into something.

When to look into something?? AND WHAT THEY NEED/WANT TO FIND? GARY BAUM?

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Posted by Former Resident
a resident of another community
on Mar 5, 2008 at 10:26 am

Maybe a classic case of the "have", and "have nots"!

Sounds like my old home town requires a wake up call to the real world around them!

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Posted by major
a resident of Downtown North
on Mar 5, 2008 at 12:35 pm

dear FIREMAN AND FORMER RESIDENT: pls look at comments in article "new crime suvey or whatever its called) under comments by "NONE", OLDTIMER & if u want speak to it. THX. A friend.

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Posted by fireman
a resident of another community
on Mar 5, 2008 at 12:43 pm

Major... Help please.. where...

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 5, 2008 at 3:05 pm

How about some basic information in the article, such as, the age of the kids involved, city in which they reside and for how long, school that they attend, etc. Seems like the police are not releasing information on these two guys. Unknown agenda here? Were the local neighbors at least provided with more pertinent information?

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Posted by 700 Everett Neighbor
a resident of Downtown North
on Mar 5, 2008 at 3:15 pm

I saw the cops, five squad cars, investigating, no neighborhood notification. I saw a car pull up, the parents? and talk to the cops. The house is vacant that they broke into. I saw a group of kids roaming the neighborhood earlier that day, casing homes? They were definitely not from the immediate neighborhood; I almost called the cops myself. Call me a profiler; but my gut was right. How did they get caught?

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Posted by Tom
a resident of Community Center
on Mar 5, 2008 at 4:56 pm

Remember that the PAPD is 'terrified' of racial profiling. And we have these 'commissions' looking over the PAPD's shoulder. Texas has a good slogan for cleaning up the highways and everything else. It's "Don't Mess with Texas." Maybe it's time the PAPD stopped chasing used worn out costumes and get down to business. But I don't think the PAPD thought the latter up. Wehre did that idea come from?

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Posted by hang 'em
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 6, 2008 at 3:52 pm

punks should spend some time in jail and their pictures along with their parents should be printed in the Weekly.

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Posted by John
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 9, 2008 at 4:40 pm

Instead of blaming the PAPD for releasing these juveniles contact your State Assemblyperson or State Senator, they need to change the law. At the same time they need to build more facilities to incarcerate both juveniles and adults.

They get a slap on the wrist and they're let go. They'll be back in a few weeks so lock your doors and watch out for your neighbor's house.

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