A woman returning to her house in Palo Alto interrupted an intruder who was in the middle of ransacking her home Wednesday (Feb. 9), Palo Alto police said. The burglary took place in the Palo Alto hills on the 2900 block of Alexis Drive.
The resident, who commented on the condition of anonymity, was returning home around noon when she noticed a white car pointed front out in her driveway. As she approached the garage, a man ran from the house, jumped into the car and sped away, she said.
She described the intruder as a black man in his 30s.
"When I saw the car, I wasn't thinking about a burglar or that this was a getaway car," she said Thursday afternoon. "It happened so fast. I'm not used to looking at somebody to describe what they look like (to police)," she said.
The man ransacked several rooms in the house but did not appear to have taken anything.
"He went through nearly every room in the house, but it hasn't been determined if anything was taken yet," Palo Alto police Chief Dennis Burns said.
"He was very busy, I can tell you that," the resident said, referencing the number of drawers that were opened and things that were toppled in her home. The man did seem to be targeting a television set and was using the family's pruning shears to try to cut wires, she said.
The resident said she wasn't sure how the intruder gained entry, but she suspects he might have entered through a window she had left slightly open that morning.