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Suspected burglar nabbed near Stanford Dish

Stanford and Palo Alto police find man hiding in shed

Palo Alto and Stanford University police arrested a suspected burglar late Wednesday morning after finding him hiding in a shed near the Stanford Dish.

Faculty housing in the area had been hit by burglars several times in the past week, and officers were in the area looking for suspicious activity, Stanford Department of Public Safety spokesman Bill Larson said.

A Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office captain who is assigned to the Stanford Police Department was patrolling the neighborhood at 10:30 a.m., when he spotted a vehicle driving erratically on the 700 block of Frenchman's Road. The officer had probable cause to stop the vehicle, which also had traffic violations, Larson said.

The Sheriff's captain stopped the vehicle. While he and a Stanford police deputy checked the driver's identification, the driver fled. The officers pursued the vehicle, but lost sight of it. They located the vehicle, but the driver had fled on foot.

Stanford and Palo Alto police set up a perimeter at Junipero Serra Boulevard and the neighborhood. Police stationed cruisers near each entrance to the Dish area. Officers spotted the suspect on two occasions, but each time he fled. At one point, he discarded his shirt to try to throw off police, Larson said.

An onlooker witnessed three officers jogging up a hiking path toward a house where the man was allegedly hiding.

Upon approaching the house, the Palo Alto officer in the lead was tipped off by a man working at an adjacent home that the stranger was hiding inside the shed next door. The officer nimbly scaled the fence separating the house and, one hand on his holstered gun, approached the shed where the burglar was reportedly hiding. The officer signaled to the two colleagues trailing him that the man they were looking for was apparently in the shed. He then advanced to make the arrest.

"Come out with your hands in the air!" the officer shouted as he approached the shed.

Seconds later, a lanky man wearing a loose T-shirt, baggy jeans and a baseball cap was escorted from the shed. He sat down on the ground and waited quietly. The officers' two colleagues approached and, within minutes, a Stanford police cruiser with more police officers arrived at the scene.

Larson said the man was taken into custody at Junipero Serra and Frenchman's Road. Stanford police are still investigating his possible connection to up to four burglaries, including one on Wednesday morning, but he is only a suspect at this time, Larson said. Some property in the vehicle was similar to items taken in one of the burglaries, he said. The locations of the other burglaries are not being released at this time but they were in the same general area, he said.

Police are not yet releasing the man's name, but he is a Southern California resident in his 20s, Larson said. He was arrested for violating parole, evading and resisting a police officer and was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail in San Jose.

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Posted by Nayeli
a resident of Midtown
on May 30, 2012 at 1:20 pm

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Another one bites the dust? Well done, Stanford PD!


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Posted by Book-em-Danno!
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 30, 2012 at 2:50 pm

A lot of missing information here ..

For folks who have never been up to the Stanford Dish, or hiked the trail .. how many homes are there in the so-called "preserve"? Is this Stanford land? Which police agency becomes the lead agency? Which agency will be involved with processing this fellow? And how is it that his presence became known? Have there been burglaries in the Stanford Campus residence section like there have been here in Palo Alto?

Not to mention all of the other missing details that a good paper would want to relay to its readers.



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Posted by annoyed
a resident of another community
on May 30, 2012 at 3:28 pm

"nimbly" climbed the fence and approached the shed with one hand on his holstered weapon? Is this author writing a suspense novel. Where is the "it was a dark and stormy night" ?


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Posted by Tyler Hanley
digital editor of Palo Alto Online
on May 30, 2012 at 4:12 pm

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We have been awaiting comment from the Stanford Department of Public Safety PIO (public information officer) and will update the story as soon as possible.


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Posted by mug
a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on May 30, 2012 at 4:19 pm

How about some real information like name, address, and mug shot of the perp?

I do not care about the exact wording of the unnamed cop's conversation. Where did you even get that from? Don't real journalists always include citations with quotes?


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Posted by gsheyner
a resident of another community
on May 30, 2012 at 4:37 pm

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Good question, Mug.

I was at the Dish when this happened. I didn't include citations because I personally observed the arrest and the lead-up to the arrest. That's also why this story includes more on-the-scene details than you care for.

We are still waiting for the police to provide us the information you seek.

Thanks,

Gennady


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Posted by Nora Charles
a resident of Stanford
on May 30, 2012 at 6:31 pm

"Have there been burglaries in the Stanford Campus residence section like there have been here in Palo Alto?"

Yes, at least two.


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Posted by moi
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 30, 2012 at 10:41 pm

Wow, and here I just assumed that Gennady swallowed too many drama pills with lunch.


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Posted by Jake
a resident of another community
on May 31, 2012 at 8:07 am

The story writer could have left out (tipped off by a man working at an adjacent home that the stranger was hiding inside the shed next door). The suspect may get out on parole(may have seen person who identified their hiding place), have a partner or friend who will act on their behalf, etc, who could or may go back for revenge or intimidate witness. I don't think its good practice to give too many details in cases like this. Suspect may be looking at a third strike offense which could mean prison for 25 years to life. People should step forward as this witness did but reporters need to be more responsible and possibly leave out who or location of witness who tipped off police to where suspect was hiding.


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Posted by wow
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on May 31, 2012 at 12:07 pm

///and there you have it. Not enough info/too much info. The real crux of the story is the capture of a burglary suspect but the funner safer part is to critique the paper and reporter (drama pills - really?)


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Posted by some guy
a resident of Downtown North
on May 31, 2012 at 2:18 pm

The question is, how do we really know the cop "nimbly' hopped the fence? especially if he had one hand on the holster probably a bullet proof vest on, and just ran up a hill, I tend to believe there was some struggle.


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Posted by Sylvia
a resident of Midtown
on May 31, 2012 at 3:31 pm

These commenters who criticize the reporting of the story would find something to complain about if they won the lottery.

A likely suspect in Stanford burglaries was captured, and some of the stolen items were found in the suspect's car.

To me this is a good result, and I liked reading about it.

I notice that the criticizers always come up with some "funny" name to post under instead of their real one.


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Posted by Nora Charles
a resident of Stanford
on May 31, 2012 at 9:38 pm

Anyone who can hop a fence is indeed nimble, in my book! Congratulations and thank you to the Stanford and Palo Alto police.


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