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Camera catches burglary suspect in the act

Original post made on Mar 2, 2013

Police arrested a maintenance worker Thursday, Feb. 28, after he was photographed by a surveillance camera burglarizing an apartment the day before, according to Palo Alto police.

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Posted by conner, a resident of Palo Verde
on Mar 2, 2013 at 2:29 pm

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Posted by Samuel, a resident of St. Claire Gardens
on Mar 2, 2013 at 2:35 pm

Surveillance cameras are beginning to play a larger role in identifying bad actors trying to victimize us.

I have installed a couple of live and motion sensing HD video cameras. I have been reviewing the scenes they capture for nearly a year now. Other than an 3 AM prowler in our neighborhood a couple of months ago (which the police responded to immediately thwarting any possible crime), no other suspicious activity has been evident.

It is reassuring to see how thoughtfully most drivers, bikers, runners, dog walkers, and strollers are. The questionable actors pop right out of the scene and are recorded for all to see.

Posted by Eureka!, a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Mar 2, 2013 at 7:34 pm

That's fantastic, for two reasons that I didn't know existed:

1. Technology is so advanced that a person can be caught this way
2. Residential burglary is a felony

Posted by nothing, a resident of Community Center
on Mar 3, 2013 at 10:09 am

This camera/ip technology is more than 10 years old. It's getting popular now because of the cost is going down over the years..

Posted by CrescentParkAnon., a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 3, 2013 at 9:57 pm

Nice to read something positive every once in a while ... great job "woman in her 30s", very happy for you.

Posted by Mama, a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 4, 2013 at 10:45 am

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Posted by saline, a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Mar 4, 2013 at 11:08 am

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Posted by Dan, a resident of Southgate
on Mar 4, 2013 at 12:28 pm

"Martinez-Lopez did not have access to keys to any of the apartments, and officers believe that he may have entered the victim's apartment via an unlocked window."

Maybe. I'm guessing the management company doesn't have tight enough control of keys, and are doing some CYA.

Posted by Victim, a resident of Ventura
on Mar 5, 2013 at 10:23 am

Actually, the perpetrator claimed he went in through an unlocked window. There were no unlocked windows, and a security bar was put in place so the window couldn't even have been opened from the outside. Please get your facts straight before reporting on a story.