Four arrested for theft at shopping center

Allen Russell went to Bloomingdale's at Stanford Shopping Center on Tuesday and allegedly stole a $5,000 watch.

He came back to the shopping center on Wednesday with three other people and allegedly tried to open an account at Macy's under a false name and buy a $3,000 ring.

But security cameras had seen him the day before and the police were ready.

"There are a zillion security cameras in there," Palo Alto Police Detective Brian Philip said. "But these guys get bold and come back."

Russell, 61, was arrested without incident, as were Raymond Moore, 58, Herman Brian Stewart, 57, and Liller Johnson, 45.

All four were charged with parole violations and face various charges of burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary, identity theft and forgery, Philip said.

Bloomingale's, Macy's and Nordstrom were the stores where the four attempted burglary or tried to buy items by opening accounts under false names.

— Don Kazak


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Posted by Call Dr Zimbado
a resident of College Terrace
on May 16, 2008 at 11:39 am

Geriatric crime way in Palo Alto- must be something in the water- lock up your daughters!

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Posted by Watches for the Watched
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 16, 2008 at 12:37 pm

Sounds like these guys wanted to go back to jail for the free food and lodging!!!

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