The Palo Alto Police Department will host a community-awareness meeting about recent armed robberies in Palo Alto tonight (Jan. 19) at 7 p.m. at Cubberley Theater, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
"The Palo Alto Police Department realizes the community's concern," the department stated in a press release Jan. 14.
Police Chief Dennis Burns said he has made the robbery trend the department's highest priority.
Palo Alto police are investigating 20 robberies that have occurred since Sept. 20, 2010, the department stated in a Jan. 14 press release. Eight suspects have been arrested and six individual cases have been solved, a department spokesperson said.
The police department is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect or suspects responsible for committing the robberies.
Persons with information regarding any of these crimes are encouraged to call the Palo Alto Police Department Tip Line at 650-329-2190, or tips can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or texted to 650-383-8984.