Posted by JustMe, a resident of the Duveneck/St. Francis neighborhood, on Jan 25, 2012 at 11:38 am
I believe there is a difference between having knives in your kitchen, where they would be expected, and having them on your person while you are checking out other people's houses in the middle of the night with a flashlight. The second case probably comes under "carrying a concealed weapon" and would certainly not make the homeowner any more comfortable knowing you had it.
I am VERY pleased that they found the items from a previous burglary in this guy's home because not only can they be returned, but it strongly indicates that they caught the right guy. Now, drug-test him.
Posted by come on, a resident of the Embarcadero Oaks/Leland neighborhood, on Jan 25, 2012 at 12:48 pm
I hope the people on the blogs here who always write about the threat to officers not being as dangerous as the police say read this article. Though the officer or the public didn't get attacked (thank goodness), this illustrates the dangers they face, that don't always show up on stats. Thanks to the PAPD for catching this guy.
Posted by JustMe, a resident of the Duveneck/St. Francis neighborhood, on Jan 25, 2012 at 1:04 pm
I don't know how I would handle the risk officers put themselves through daily, it would be tough. The good news is that they are trained and outfitted to reduce risk to themselves and others, and they are also brave. The PA police, in particular, rock.
Posted by musical, a resident of the Palo Verde neighborhood, on Jan 25, 2012 at 7:49 pm
Big difference between knife and gun, though either runs a large gamut. Don't know what size pocket knife (concealed weapon) I'm allowed to carry on the street. Can't even have a plastic butter-knife on school grounds or commercial aircraft. Remember the little San Jose housewife shot in her kitchen for brandishing a potato peeler? Key is not to even hold a toothpick in a threatening manner or during the commission of a crime. But yes, a guy caught red-handed needs the book thrown at him in hopes that something will stick in the courtroom.
Posted by JustMe, a resident of the Duveneck/St. Francis neighborhood, on Jan 26, 2012 at 9:09 am
"Can't even have a plastic butter-knife on school grounds or commercial aircraft."
I remember that story about the grade-school kid who was expelled for bringing a firearm onto school grounds when he stuck his hand into his pocket and discovered he had accidently brought a 2" plastic G.I.Joe gun to school. I detest zero-tolerance laws that are enforced without applying rational thought.
The section of Edgewood where this house is located is along the path that runs from the Newell bridge to the Edgewood liquor store. I strongly believe that store is still permitted to operate while other shops have been closed down just to attract this sort of scum. The developers want to motivate Palo Altans into allowing them to develop as they please in the hopes that that store will be shut down and the scum-attractor will be removed. They want to make us feel the pain so that they can install a new shopping center that many do not want.