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Foiled PA burglary leads to chase, manhunt

Original post made on Aug 6, 2008

As of 3 p.m. today (Wednesday), Newark police are searching for two suspected house burglers who took off after Palo Alto police spotted them in the midst of a burglary on Greer Road, Agent Dan Ryan said.

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Posted by Ada
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 6, 2008 at 5:42 pm

Why aren't they allowed to chase a vehicle for a property crime????

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 6, 2008 at 6:34 pm

A number of cities have this restriction because of the danger of injury or death to others in high-speed chases.

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Posted by Matt
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 6, 2008 at 8:39 pm

I've been told by people in the police business that the danger and risk of a high speed chase, far outweighs the importance of catching someone who has committed a property crime. Would not be worth getting an innocent person hurt or killed over. Besides, if they have the license plate, they can try and track the person down later on. Makes sense.

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Posted by Inq
a resident of Green Acres
on Aug 6, 2008 at 11:58 pm

"If they have the license plate, they can try and track the person down later on. Makes sense."

Matt, flawless logic . . . except that vehicles are often stolen, sold off the books, etc. I think many people are smarter than to drive vehicles while committing crimes that can be traced back to them.

Additionally, we don't need a police department that limps around and is incapable of pursuing criminals. Palo Alto should be able to protect its own citizens and not rely on the capabilities of neighboring police departments.

If someone was robbing my house, I'd shoot them so the police don't have to get their feet dirty chasing them down.

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Posted by KT
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 7, 2008 at 12:31 am

They'll be back and I hope that they get caught!!! I don't understand why the police didn't foresee that the suspects would try to escape and block the road!! Isn't that what police work entails??
Lock your car doors and keep your guard up! Inq, just curious, would you shoot to kill or shoot to injure? I don't think a petty theif deserves to die....that being said they would probably get their faces mauled off if they tried to burgalarize my house!

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Posted by John Wayne
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 7, 2008 at 6:42 am

Either I have a right to shoot a burglar, or they have a right to rob us free & clear. I don't see how there can be a middle ground. I'm sure there are a few cases where the burglars themselves feel justified in stealing, but I'll bet the crime rate in Palo Alto goes down significantly once burglars start ending up 6ft under.

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Posted by Neal
a resident of Community Center
on Aug 7, 2008 at 7:20 am

KT refers to a crook as a "petty thief." Do you know the definition of "petty theft?" It's a theft that happens to someone else. Don't trivialize it. Shoot to kill.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 7, 2008 at 7:28 am

Even if they're caught a Judge will give them probation, a slap on the wrist and let them go. The jails are full, why detain a burglar for breaking into a house in Palo Alto?

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Posted by Kojack13
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 7, 2008 at 8:49 am

My wife and I got robbed in August, not sure if it was these men, but they came in via the bathroom window, and thank God we where not home at the time. Keep an eye out, if you see someone suspicious take down the plate or call the cops. This is our neighborhood and a certain level rests with the residents of the neighborhood to look out for one and other. I know this might be considered an "old fashion" idea, but take two seconds, look around to see what is happening and realized that you are not the only person who lives on your block. We all live in our own bubbles and it took this incident to realize this could happen to anyone of us in Palo Alto, we are not immune. Pull your head out and keep an eye out for those around you called your neighbors. If you don't know them, go meet them. If they know you, they will be more likely to looking out for you and your house/apartment.

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Posted by Mystified
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 7, 2008 at 9:52 am

I'm still mystified as to why the undercover officers didn't nab the suspects when they first saw them. Undercover Officers, even when they are out of uniform, carry a badge and a gun.

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