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Victim watches as thieves steal jewelry from home

Police investigating residential burglary in Palo Alto

A Palo Alto woman who left her residence for 20 minutes returned home to watch two men abscond with her jewelry Wednesday, May 23.

The resident left her home in the 1100 block of Stanley Way between Jordan Place and Walter Hays Drive to pick up her children at about 1 p.m. When the family returned home at 1:20 p.m., two men emerged from the side yard carrying valuables, including all of the homeowner's jewelry, Palo Alto police Sgt. Sal Madrigal said.

The men fled in a newer tan Dodge sedan with tinted windows. The car had paper plates with the letters CAR. Police set up a perimeter and hunted for the men, but were unable to locate the thieves, Madrigal said.

The thieves gained entry through an unlocked side gate and an unlocked bathroom window, he said. The men are described as Hispanic and in their 20s. Anyone with information is asked to call the Palo Alto Police Department at 650-329-2413.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 25, 2012 at 6:52 pm

This is incredibly maddening & I'm so sorry to read that this happened. I am glad that no one was hurt, but sheesh! What nerve - & stupidity they have.

Even w/dogs we try not to leave windows open when we leave, even for a short time. It's a hassle, but we've gotten into the habit of buttoning up the house. These losers must've been watching her & really - you should be able to leave your house a little unsecure for a short while.

FWIW, I'll keep my eyes peeled when driving around. I sure hope that they get caught in their next burglary.


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Posted by neighbor
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 25, 2012 at 7:31 pm

Clearly not locals, these criminals.
Question for the reporter: did she (the mom) SEE the car BEFORE the crime, when she left to go pick up her kids? If so, it means they were casing the area and waiting for such opportunities as a mom going to pick up her kids from school.
Otherwise it's a random driveby/attempt at theft - not good, either, but it would be worth knowing if the mom believes she did notice this vehicle beforehand.
Perhaps we should all make an effort to notice unfamiliar vehicles parked near our homes. In my own situation, there are typically a lot of construction vehicles on our street, these change periodically over time, but I think it is possible to sort of take notice of who is there when you go out and if there is trouble when one returns one may have some leads...I have noted license numbers of suspicious vehicles near my home on occasion (though I think it has been some years since I felt necessary to do this owing to my suspicions -- feeling that just in case, I would have something to go on if trouble resulted)...


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Posted by Fact
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 27, 2012 at 8:27 am

Local resident was robbed a few months back. A person called in the unusual activity and days later.......the thieves were caught. (YAY). We learned about the facts of the case. The FACT that horrified and dismayed me most was that the criminals emptied the house of valuables in EIGHT minutes, start to finish. Included in this was a large flat screen TV. So call PAPD immediately when you notice anything unusual. 8 minutes, that's all it took!! Locked gates and windows hinder their timing. The criminals usually do not want to waste valuable time trying to get in. They will move to the next house. Also, they drove a nice car, not a creepy beat-up, stand out vehicle.


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