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Burglars raid Palo Alto home while family sleeps

Family mini-van also stolen from driveway of home in 1500 block of Hamilton Avenue

Palo Alto police are still looking for leads in a case where burglars stole a 50-inch television, other electronic equipment and a mini-van while a family of four slept in their home in the 1500 block of Hamilton Avenue last weekend.

A window was left open and an alarm system wasn't activated, police reported.

Detective Brian Philip said the burglars entered the residence through an open side window on a warm evening, apparently loaded the electronics items into a Toyota Sienna mini-van and drove away. The tan 1998 mini-van is still missing, he said.

Besides the television, stolen items included a camera, watch, cell phone and laptop computer, Philip said.

The home had an alarm system, but it was not activated at the time of the burglary, which occurred Saturday (July 3) between 3 and 6 a.m.

"This is an unusual burglary in that the suspects entered an occupied home and removed several

items without waking the residents," Philip said.

He said warm summer evenings require normal precautions, from locking doors and windows to using deterrents, such as alarm systems and lights.

Philip said anyone with information may contact him by calling 650-329-2408. Anonymous

tips may be sent by e-mail to paloalto@tipnow.org.

-- Palo Alto Weekly staff

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Posted by Too busy with checkpoints
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 8, 2010 at 8:34 am

The police are myopic about DUI arrests every holiday weekend. I'd rather have them patrolling the streets and stopping crimes such as this one.


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Posted by Koa
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 8, 2010 at 9:15 am

I'd rather have someone lose a TV than get run over by a drunk when I'm walking my dog.


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Posted by Too busy with checkpoints
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 8, 2010 at 9:44 am

Do you really think checkpoints would prevent that from happening?


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Posted by Mike
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 8, 2010 at 10:07 am

Sleeping through a burglary of major sized items in your own home is a good case for instituting a self-imposed limit of three shots of Tequila in one's bedtime preparations...


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 8, 2010 at 10:14 am

Maybe it was a good thing that they remained asleep because if they had awoken and disturbed the theives, they could have got hurt - or worse.

Better prevention would be to ensure that the burglar alarm is switched on and that doors and windows are properly locked.


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Posted by brenda
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Jul 8, 2010 at 11:06 am

Better yet -- get a dog!


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Posted by Paul
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 8, 2010 at 11:30 am

"Do you really think checkpoints would prevent that [being run over by a drunk driver] from happening?"

Drunk driving check points are practical. Having the police monitor every house in town for a burglary in progress is not.


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Posted by Better-Living-Thru-Technology
a resident of Green Acres
on Jul 8, 2010 at 11:31 am

The costs of flash memory is getting down to about $1.50-$1.75/Gb (and will get cheaper over time). Soon, low-cost home surveillance equipment to become cheap enough that several cameras could be connected via wireless interface to a recording unit that would have enough memory on-board that would allow each of the cameras to record continuously, and all of their transmissions recorded and held for some number of days.

As the cost of police "protection" continues to go up, and up, it makes sense to look to low-cost, but effective, technology to protect our homes and property.


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Posted by ALEX
a resident of Mountain View
on Jul 8, 2010 at 11:32 am

I only wish I could sleep that deeply!


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Posted by carlitos ways
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jul 8, 2010 at 1:38 pm

The house has a security alarm which was not activated at that time, plus they left a side window open because it was warm? LIVE AND LEARN.
With so much residential construction going on, we have to be extra careful with the transient workers [portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]


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Posted by STOP thief !
a resident of Green Acres
on Jul 8, 2010 at 1:52 pm

Too bad that the check point didn't stop the thieves with their haul..they quit checking cars too early...


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Posted by Enough!
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Jul 8, 2010 at 2:50 pm

We have a description of the minivan. Is there a description of the suspects?


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Posted by Hmmm - to carlitos ways
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 8, 2010 at 3:19 pm

You also clearly need to pay attention to your own kind, as PA residents commit crimes in your city frequently.


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Posted by Teej
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 8, 2010 at 3:34 pm

To Enough! The car belonged to the victims, that's why they have a description. I have a dog that gives us too much security [via barking] if anyone wants to give it a try!


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Posted by enough
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Jul 8, 2010 at 3:37 pm

oh no, they stole their car too? oy. so tired of people appropriating the property of others. no morals.


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Posted by wow
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 8, 2010 at 6:45 pm

good thing the family wasn't sleeping in their mini-van


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Posted by doesntmatter
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 8, 2010 at 9:55 pm

how did they not wake up to any of this?????


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 9, 2010 at 5:13 am

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

Where did they buy their mattress.


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Posted by Anon
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 10, 2010 at 7:51 pm

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