Police arrested a young man Wednesday night after he entered an occupied converted pool house in the backyard of a Palo Alto residence.
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.
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