Palo Alto has seen a "significant increase" in residential burglaries since the beginning of June, police announced Monday.
About 20 residential burglaries have hit the city, most of them in the northern section of town, Palo Alto Police Sgt. Brian Philip said.
Unlocked rear doors and windows is the typical means of entry, he said.
Philip supplied a map showing burglaries from June 1 to July 12. The map does not include several incidents that occurred over the weekend, he said.
(View PDF map of Palo Alto residential burglaries, June 1-July 12) (Green dots refer to June burglaries; red to locations of July burglaries.)
Sunday morning, July 15, Palo Alto police arrested a 36-year-old man while he was seeking treatment in Stanford University Hospital Emergency Department after hearing from Santa Barbara County sheriffs that the man had an outstanding warrant.
Michael Holden was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail in San Jose.
Following the arrest, police Monday, July 16, searched a Tanland Drive apartment where Holden had stayed with "a friend of a friend" prior to going to the hospital. There, they found laptops and cash that had been stolen from an apartment across the hall in the same building on Saturday, July 14, Philip said.
Holden, who has no fixed address, will face further charges of burglary and possession of stolen property, Philip said.
In addition, police arrested one adult and two juveniles in the overnight hours between Sunday, July 15, and Monday, July 16, after finding them breaking into vehicles in the 1400 block of Edgewood Drive.
Philip said police are trying to determine whether the three are linked to other recent burglaries.
Police encourage residents to call 911 to report suspicious behavior, or to call the 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent by text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.