Palo Alto resident interrupts burglary Crimes & Incidents, posted by Editor, Palo Alto Online, on May 20, 2008 at 2:20 pm
A Palo Alto man came home at 12:25 p.m. last Friday to find a pickup truck backed into his driveway. Taking a closer look, he saw it was loaded with his possessions, including a flat-screen TV and a computer, Police Agent Donna Arndt said.
Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, May 20, 2008, 1:57 PM
Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on May 20, 2008 at 2:20 pm
It is scary to see just how blatant these robberies are becoming. It is very lucky for the homeowner that the thieves fled when they discovered that the keys of their truck were missing and the police had been called. I would imagine that if the thieves had been armed (or the homeowner) that there would have been a very difficult outcome and someone seriously hurt or killed.
Posted by GMC, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on May 20, 2008 at 4:58 pm
I'm glad everything worked out, but I think we'll see more of this over the summer - its darn hot out and people are going to understandably be keeping their windows open. We should set up a phoney trap house to "catch a thief," then we can put it on Dateline.
Posted by Ada, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on May 20, 2008 at 5:05 pm
Unbelievable! Not sure if he did the right thing pulling the keys out, probably he did, but I wonder how far they could have fled in a few minutes before police arrived. People, buy video surveillance cameras and install in inconspicuous places.
Posted by Sue, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on May 21, 2008 at 8:49 am
Our house got burglarized on Monday during the day on Ross Road not far from the house reported in the news which started this thread. I have also just spoke to another family who got burglarized last Thursday somewhere near E. Meadow. So at least three instances within a week in probably less than 1 square mile area.
Posted by Chris, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on May 21, 2008 at 12:04 pm
I really can't believe why the police wasted months on the children's theatre investigation and couldn't even come up with any concrete numbers, but tens of thousands of dollars are being stolen EVERY DAY!
And this is people's Post-tax dollars! not City funds that no one expected to see again anyways.
Why haven't the Police created a Sting operation??? I mean, It's HOUSES UNDER CONSTRUCTION THAT GET ROBBED! Just find a house that's under construction and put it under surveillance??????? come on!!!!!!!
Posted by It's the Meth, a resident of the Duveneck/St. Francis neighborhood, on May 21, 2008 at 4:27 pm
A big uptick in home burgs is aligned w/the increase of meth use. Police have talked about this for awhile. Ha, if the truck wasn't stolen & was in decent condition, it may be worth more than the stolen goods & now the cops have it. If it's not worth much, as least it's evidence & I bet they're working on the plate, the VIN, maybe even DNA.
Posted by Neighbor, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on May 21, 2008 at 7:23 pm
Another unlucky victim: You are right, even if these guys are caught, they are given a slap on the wrist and put on probation. This is not the fault of the police, but the voters of California who will not pay to build more jails.
We may be the victims in these crimes but we are also the ones who will not give the Gov the money to build the prisons. Expect more home invasions.
Posted by Free, a resident of the Old Palo Alto neighborhood, on May 23, 2008 at 7:40 am
The US has the toughest, meanest, most violent prisons among all western societies. Yet we are still the most crime ridden, most violent country in the industrial world. Obviously, more jails is not the answer. A less corporatist, less materialistic, less greedy society which provides universal health care and free education to all would go a long way towards solving our social problems. The best way to start the long process of repairing and healing our society is to never vote for a Republican at any level. In the meantime, get a large dog and train it to attack home intruders.
Posted by abe, a resident of the Duveneck/St. Francis neighborhood, on May 23, 2008 at 1:42 pm
"Detest crime", so you never heard of the connection between chronic poverty, slums and poor or lack of education and crime, you moron?
The Bush Regime’s inability to pay the bills it is piling up for Americans means that future US governments will cut promised benefits and further impoverish the people. Over a year ago The Nation reported that the Bush Regime is shedding veteran costs by attributing consequences of serious war wounds to “personality disorders” in order to deny soldiers promised benefits.
Previous presidents reduced promised Social Security benefits by taxing the benefits (a tax on a tax) and by rigging the cost of living adjustment to understate inflation. Future presidents will have to seize private pensions in order to make minimal Social Security payments.
Currently the desperate Bush Regime is trying to cut Medicaid health care for the poor and disabled.
The Republican Party is willing to fund war, but sees everything else as an extravagance. The neoconized war party is destroying the economic prospects of American citizens. “war abroad and poverty at home” will the Republican campaign slogan for the November election?
How do suppose this will effect crime in the US you stupid asshole?
Posted by c. attucks, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on May 23, 2008 at 3:35 pm
it seems ''americans'' dont really know each other.we relate to people like commodities,yes even members of the same family,not to mention ''others''.you give all your power to ''police'' and politicians.YOU are a unversal being.no cop or anyone can define what you or anyone else is.but really,its about responsibility.when you spray chemicals in the air and people get sick,thats YOUR responsibility to stop it ,or speak up and make it stop.not call police or rely on politicians to DO everthing for you.you have to graduate from diapers,''america'',take responsibility not rely on paid police to define your life or any ''minorities'' life.''america is now like a mercurial state.therefore ,ghanging on to the war ,crime, police view is draining and wont serve your life or any life