Two men who were spotted climbing a fence on Oxford Avenue were arrested Sunday, July 8, for possession of burglary tools, Palo Alto police Agent Adrienne Moore said.
Kevin Williams, 31, and Jason Priest, 32, both transients, were arrested at about 7:56 a.m. after police received a call about a person who jumped a fence at the back of the former Futon Shop. The building, which is located in the 500 block of Oxford at El Camino Real, was not broken into. Officers located the two men about a block away, Moore said.
Both men were arrested for possession of burglary tools. Priest was also arrested for an outstanding warrant and possession of drug paraphernalia. Williams, who was on probation, was additionally arrested for being under the influence of a central-nervous-system stimulant. Both were booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail in San Jose.
Moore pointed out that the men were caught because an alert member of the public notified police. Since the department's "Lock It or Lose It!" anti-burglary campaign launched in March, burglaries have dropped significantly, she said.
Employees who work outdoors, from postal workers to utilities repair persons, have been trained by police to look for unusual behavior as part of the program.
Residents are encouraged to call the department when they see suspicious activity. More officers are also patrolling neighborhoods, according to Moore.
"We're out moving a lot. We're really hammering down," she said.