A young burglar who entered a Palo Alto home was shocked to open a bedroom door and find a resident sitting at his home-office desk Thursday afternoon.
Police said the surprised would-be burglar bolted out of the house in the 300 block of Middlefield Road, as the resident called police, about 5:45 p.m.
Police set up a perimeter of the area and an officer spotted a young man who matched the detailed description of the burglar. When stopped, the suspect admitted to the burglary attempt, Detective Brian Philip told the Weekly today.
The suspect was identified as Jeremy Scano, 18, of East Palo Alto.
Philip said he was wearing a backpack that contained a laptop computer and an iPod, which turned out to have been stolen from a house on Palm Avenue in Palo Alto -- including the backpack.
Philip said no car was in the driveway and a newspaper had been left out, so it appeared that the house was empty.
The case is under investigation to see if there are connections to any other burglaries in the area, Philip said.
But it does not appear at present that this case is related to a Saturday morning burglary on Hamilton Avenue in which the thieves drove off in the family minivan after taking a large television and other items while the parents and two teenage children slept upstairs.