Police arrested a young man Wednesday night after he entered an occupied converted pool house in the backyard of a Palo Alto residence.
At about 10:31 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5, police received a 9-1-1 call from a resident in the 400 block of Margarita Avenue reporting a prowler in their backyard. The man, 18-year-old Kevin Raul Valencia of Palo Alto, had allegedly entered the resident's converted pool house. A couple in their 20s were inside the pool house at the time and heard an exterior door leading to a bathroom open, police said. They called out to see who was there and heard a "muffled reply," then the door closing. One of them went inside to the main Margarita Avenue house and called police.
The main house residents, a couple in their 50s, then saw Valencia in the backyard and contacted him, police said. They said that he appeared to be intoxicated, but was cooperative and waited with them until police arrived. They arrested Valencia without incident and he was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for one felony count of residential burglary.
Police said they think Valencia entered the backyard through an unlocked side-yard gate and then went into the pool house before realizing someone was inside.
Detectives are investigating to see if Valencia may be connected to any other residential burglaries or prowling incidents in Palo Alto or surrounding communities. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329- 2413. Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.