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Thieves break into four cars on Sand Hill Road

Steal nearly $5,000 worth of phones and computers

Clean cars, dirty cars, BMW, Audi -- the burglars weren't picky as they broke into four vehicles on Sand Hill Road on Aug. 15.

A witness described the suspects as two black men about 6 feet tall, one thin with braided hair in a white t-shirt and black jeans, the other about 190 pounds with a short beard, sunglasses, black baseball hat, dark sweatshirt and black jeans, Menlo Park police said.

The two men reportedly broke into a "very dirty BMW 525i," then shattered windows on a 2009 Chevy Tahoe and 2012 Audi Q7. Stolen: a briefcase with a MacBook, iPad, $400 and sunglasses with a total value of $3,700, and a gym bag holding an iPod and clothing worth $585.

Unsated, the pair also raided a 2012 Toyota Highlander, grabbing a $450 iPhone, and a 2006 BMW 350i, taking a $100 iPhone, according to the police report.

The vehicles were parked in the 2900 block of Sand Hill Road near the Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club. Anyone with information about these crimes may call police at 330-6300.

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Posted by Catch-And-Don't-Release
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 21, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Maybe it's time for the local police departments to start running "stings" to catch some of these guys by loading up some "bait" vehicles with "goodies" and wait for something to happen.


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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Aug 21, 2012 at 3:47 pm

It could take a year for something to happen in a Country Club parking lot. And "bait" is often recognized as such by thieves with any experience.


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Posted by Catch-And-Don't-Release
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 21, 2012 at 3:49 pm

> And "bait" is often recognized as such by thieves
> with any experience.

Maybe, so let's start with a "very dirty BMW 525i, and see what happens.


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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Aug 21, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Park it overnight near the corner of Emerson and Homer.

Another fun experiment for the adventurous is to dress in dark clothing and try to use any ATM near California and El Camino on a week-night between the hours of midnight and 3 am.


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