Big-screen TV, jewelry stolen from Palo Alto home Crimes & Incidents, posted by Editor, Palo Alto Online, on Mar 15, 2012 at 2:50 pm
Residents of a Palo Alto home on Greenwood Avenue returned to find multiple large items stolen from their residence -- in broad daylight while neighbors on both sides were at home, according to neighbors and police.
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Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto, on Mar 15, 2012 at 3:37 pm
I'm so sorry to read this. How upsetting! I hope this one gets nabbed right quick. Pretty gutsy choosing a home w/an alarm & a dog (unle of course, the thief didn't know about either). What a lousy way to learn not to be complacent :-(
Posted by Bruce Li, a resident of the Barron Park neighborhood, on Mar 15, 2012 at 9:24 pm
Palo Alto neighbors,
These burglars are not simply identifying/locating homes that they guess are unoccupied. The vast majority of the time they are knocking on the front door to see if anybody answers. If somebody does answer they make up some excuse for being there and/or just walk away.
It's obvious they're using a vehicle to transport the stolen property, so it's very likely there's a lookout or driver helping out. As Lt. Perron stated report ANY unusual activity, especially somebody knocking at your door that you are not expecting, and look out for your neighbors!
Posted by not home all day, a resident of the Barron Park neighborhood, on Mar 16, 2012 at 11:32 am
shame this is going on. As a resident who does not own the million $$ apartment I live in, I almost want to put a sign that says: I work hard to pay my rent. Nothing of monetary value is in this house. The flat screen is 3 years old and the macbook even older. The coin jar is mostly filled with pennies. Please find where else to go and something else to do!"
Posted by DDee, a resident of the Crescent Park neighborhood, on Mar 16, 2012 at 7:48 pm
C'mon people, don't jump on the neighbors, or the police.
Use your brains.... we are being told to look out for unusual behavior and suspicious activity, yes?
But the crooks are obviously NEITHER suspicious looking NOR engaged (to the onlooker) in unusual behavoir... and neither is the vehicle or vehicles that they are using to cart off the booty.
So..... what does Palo Alto have between 8 am and 2 pm that is abundant, unsispicious and involves behavior that would not raise suspicion even if large objects were loaded into a truck(probably disguised as something else or covered with garbage bags of boxes)?
Answer: Gobs and gobs of gardeners whose full and free access to all parts of the exterieor of the house, including surveying the inside or slipping in through a window, nor carrying what might look like garden debris out with them, would seem odd. The other group of which we have more than our share in those hours are construction workers and crews, about whom the same might apply.
So my guess is that these are either inside jobs carried out by a contractor who knows the owner's schedule, or someone(s) who "look" like they might be hired help.
I will keep my eye out for a gardener or handyman busy working on an odd day or if my neighbor didn't have a gardener in the past or something not easy to detect like that.
So, do I get a reward if my hunch plays out to be right?
If so, apply it toward some really great summer activity or program for all the kids of the much maligned city police and firemen, maintenace crews and other blue-collar staff!
Posted by daniel, a resident of the Embarcadero Oaks/Leland neighborhood, on Mar 17, 2012 at 6:16 am
It's so fashionable in this country to put down the government and berate government workers for their benefits. When we actually reduce and eliminate government, in the form of job cuts and less regulation, the society starts to break down. Ask corporations to patrol the streets, fight crime, douse fires and protect tour water resources and air from pollution and see what happens.
Posted by Two cents, a resident of the Adobe-Meadows neighborhood, on Mar 18, 2012 at 11:00 pm
Why in the world do we have a police force who is supposed to be staffed with 92 officers (according to their website) with 14 current openings? No wonder the city is getting ripped off blind. A friend I have at the police department said their administration has decided not to fill some of the positions. Another poster on another thread said it was actually the City Manager who doesn’t want to fill them. Whoever is making the decisions down at City Hall: FILL ALL THE POSITIONS PLEASE SO OUR HOMES CAN STOP GETTING BROKEN INTO.