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HUNGER CASE ... An apparently hungry burglar broke into the Barron Park Market at 3876 El Camino Real last weekend, leaving incriminating details in his wake: crumbs, half-consumed food packages and last, but not least, his wallet. On the evening of Saturday, April 12, 46-year-old transient Edward Vincent McDuffie broke a latch on a rear sliding door of the market to gain entry, Palo Alto police officer Sean Downey said. On a counter near the backdoor, police later found a partially eaten bag of oatmeal cookies, a consumed bag of pumpkin seeds on the ground and a Powerbar, among other food items. "And next to all of it was a wallet containing identifying information," Downey said. Two days later, McDuffie was arrested on a host of charges after a woman discovered him in her backyard. An investigation revealed he had also stolen a bike from an alleyway at Happy Donuts, just down the street from Barron Park Market, and stole numerous items from an emergency preparedness storage shed in the yard of the Crescent Park Child Development Center at 4161 Alma St. Police booked McDuffie into the Santa Clara County Main Jail Tuesday for four felonies — commercial burglary, possession of methamphetamine, possession of stolen property and a probation violation — and three misdemeanors — resisting arrest, under the influence of narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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