A Palo Alto man came home at 12:25 p.m. last Friday to find a pickup truck backed into his driveway. Taking a closer look, he saw it was loaded with his possessions, including a flat-screen TV and a computer, Police Agent Donna Arndt said.
The man removed the keys from the ignition of the truck and called police, who arrived within minutes, Arndt said.
But a careful search of the man's house in the 2500 block of Ross Road revealed that the burglar or burglars had fled. A search of the surrounding area wasn't successful.
The pickup truck also had items that turned out to be from other reported residential burglaries in Palo Alto and Menlo Park.
One recovered item was a Purple Heart medal from World War II inscribed to Patrick J. Monroe. Menlo Park Detective Jeff Keegan is trying to find the owner of the medal. Keegan can be reached at 650-330-6360.
Menlo Park and Palo Alto police are continuing their investigation of the burglaries and the recovered items.