Posted by Neighbor, a resident of the Downtown North neighborhood, on Mar 4, 2008 at 12:01 pm
Cited and released? To burgle another day! How about a few hours in the pokey? I thought there was an ongoing "burglary crisis?" What kind of deterrence is this? Did an alert neighbor notify the police? How were they caught?
Posted by Parent, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Mar 4, 2008 at 4:50 pm
Now it is down to the parents to put their parenting skills into high gear. If these two youths are going to learn a lesson, then it is up to the parents to make sure they have a stiff punishment at home. If the parents do nothing, these kids will try again and next time it may be a bigger crime and so the circle will start. To the parents involved, give them the biggest scare of their lives and it might just save them.
Posted by Tom, a resident of the Community Center neighborhood, on Mar 4, 2008 at 5:41 pm
"Cited and released"???? What kind of juvenile justice system is this? What kind of parents do these twerps have? Can the parents handle this - or should these kids spend a little time in juvenile hall?
Posted by SOLON, a resident of the Professorville neighborhood, on Mar 4, 2008 at 10:00 pm
MAYOR KLEIN, SUPERVISOR KNISS, SENATOR SIMITIAN:
Time to immediately open a second tier juvenile home for 'non-violent' offender,which I guess includes those who invade homes, break glass, break and enter, give them an environment to reconsider their actions, confess to other crimes,if any ( are they responsible for the range of burglaries? is it meth related? What other crimes have they committed? Confession to all other crimes to date should be a priority; parental counseling; charging the parents for the costs of the arrest, damage, and incarceration;
or, are the taxpayers going to pick up the tab for the arrest, the defense, and through all of our insurance companies, the broken window too?
How afraid might a child or girl or woman or elderly or man be, when that glass breaks, and the juvenile hoodies arrive, it is like a movie scene.i can't even imagine how scary it could be!
Are cameras, government or private,an option at each entry and exit point from Palo Alto, to at least catch some after the fact,and change the "easy getaway ?
Posted by 700 Block Everett Neighbor, a resident of the Downtown North neighborhood, on Mar 5, 2008 at 12:06 am
Hey Joe; good thing the house was vacant, maybe there would have been some violence if it was occupied. The community, the perps and the parents' were lucky it was vacant. I feel lucky they didn't choose my house. Lucky we aren't in Texas where defense of your property entitles one to use deadly force. Sure would cut back on the residential burglary rate; u think.
Posted by Resident, a resident of the Crescent Park neighborhood, on Mar 5, 2008 at 3:05 pm
How about some basic information in the article, such as, the age of the kids involved, city in which they reside and for how long, school that they attend, etc. Seems like the police are not releasing information on these two guys. Unknown agenda here? Were the local neighbors at least provided with more pertinent information?
Posted by 700 Everett Neighbor, a resident of the Downtown North neighborhood, on Mar 5, 2008 at 3:15 pm
I saw the cops, five squad cars, investigating, no neighborhood notification. I saw a car pull up, the parents? and talk to the cops. The house is vacant that they broke into. I saw a group of kids roaming the neighborhood earlier that day, casing homes? They were definitely not from the immediate neighborhood; I almost called the cops myself. Call me a profiler; but my gut was right. How did they get caught?
Posted by Tom, a resident of the Community Center neighborhood, on Mar 5, 2008 at 4:56 pm
Remember that the PAPD is 'terrified' of racial profiling. And we have these 'commissions' looking over the PAPD's shoulder. Texas has a good slogan for cleaning up the highways and everything else. It's "Don't Mess with Texas." Maybe it's time the PAPD stopped chasing used worn out costumes and get down to business. But I don't think the PAPD thought the latter up. Wehre did that idea come from?
Posted by John, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Mar 9, 2008 at 4:40 pm
Instead of blaming the PAPD for releasing these juveniles contact your State Assemblyperson or State Senator, they need to change the law. At the same time they need to build more facilities to incarcerate both juveniles and adults.
They get a slap on the wrist and they're let go. They'll be back in a few weeks so lock your doors and watch out for your neighbor's house.