A burglar made off with an undisclosed amount of cash from Safeway in Midtown Palo Alto by hiding in the store and opening the safe after the 6 p.m. closure of the market on Thanksgiving Day.
The burglary was discovered around midnight Thanksgiving night after an employee arrived for work and saw that an interior window leading to the safe had been smashed with a chair, Palo Alto police Lt. Sandra Brown said.
Police believe the suspect, described as a white or Hispanic male, hid in the rear of the store with the fruits and vegetables until closing time, when he made his way to the safe, which is near the customer-service area at the front of the store, Brown said.
Store cameras recorded the suspect climbing to the top of a back-room refrigeration unit during store hours and climbing down after the store closed. Midtown Safeway, at 2811 Middlefield Road, is normally open 24 hours but closed at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving Day.
The employee who arrived at midnight told police the south door to the store, which normally is locked, was unlocked when he arrived, Brown said.