Three men forced their way into to the home of a Palo Alto couple in their 80s and robbed them at gunpoint on Thursday morning, Jan. 23, police said.
The men, one of whom was armed with a handgun, struck at the 400 block of Palo Alto Avenue near Waverley Street after knocking on the door, according to police.
The female resident opened the door and was immediately confronted by three men she did not recognize. The robbers forced their way into the home and made the two victims lie face down on the floor. The men took wallets, cash, miscellaneous personal property and an unloaded handgun from the home. Neither victim was injured.
The victims last saw the men flee in a vehicle headed eastbound on Palo Alto Avenue. Officers responding to a 9-1-1 call at 10:42 a.m. immediately searched the area, but they were unable to find any suspects, police said.
The robbers are described as black men in their twenties. All wore dark, hooded sweatshirts with the hoods over their heads. One man had a small black handgun. The suspect vehicle is a newer, large "boxy-looking" beige or white four-door sedan.
The victims may be able to meet with a police sketch artist; if any sketches are produced, they will be released, police said. Detectives are actively working on the investigation.
There have been no similar crimes recently in Palo Alto, police said.
Anyone who may have information about the case is asked to call the Palo Alto Police Department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or by text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.