Palo Alto police were out in force Tuesday night -- including the use of a police helicopter -- to hunt down the thief of a Droid smartphone.
Police said the thief approached someone in the 400 block of East Meadow Drive near Mitchell Park at about 5:51 p.m. and asked to borrow the phone. The suspect then took the phone and fled on a bicycle, Palo Alto Lt. Sandra Brown said.
A police officer located the suspect on El Camino Real and West Charleston Road and pursued him before the suspect escaped through a condominium complex on El Camino Real and El Camino Way. A perimeter was established with the help of officers from Los Altos and Mountain View.
Brown said the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office heard reports about the pursuit over the radio and offered to assist Palo Alto police. The suspect nevertheless got away.
The suspect was described as a thin black man between 16 and 25 years old. He had a mustache, was wearing a black or red shirt, dark pants and green earrings, according to reports. Anyone with information about should call Palo Alto police at 650-329-2413.