Suspected thieves flee from Varian in Palo Alto

Three men hop soundwall and take off for Barron Park neighborhood

Three men fled from a laden pick-up truck at Varian, 911 Hansen Way, in Palo Alto, Friday (Feb. 25) after a security guard spotted them and called the Palo Alto police.

The Ford truck was filled with heavy-duty metal warehouse shelving, according to Palo Alto police Agent Kara Salazar, a department public-information officer.

The men hopped over a soundwall and took off toward Chimalus Avenue in Barron Park around 6 p.m. Friday, Salazar said.

One man is described as a light-skinned male with a scruffy beard, in his 20s, 6 feet tall, medium build; the second as a light-skinned male, about 25 years old, 6 feet 1 inch, muscular build, wearing a blue hat; the third as a Hispanic male in his late 20s to early 30s, 5 feet 6 inches, husky build, also with a blue hat.

The police are requesting that anyone might have seen them -- perhaps being picked up in another vehicle or wandering around Barron Park close to 6 p.m. Friday -- call 650-329-2413 or e-mail

No further information is available as the investigation is ongoing, Salazar said. The incident was reported as grand theft.


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Posted by what is light-skinned?
a resident of Barron Park
on Feb 28, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Does "light-skinned male" mean Caucasian? Or does it mean something else?

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Posted by Robbie
a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 1, 2011 at 9:06 am

"Light-skinned" is a reference to skin color. "Caucasian" is a reference to ethnicity. They are not the same thing. If you catch a quick glimpse of someone you may be able to determine the skin color, but not the ethnicity.

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Posted by what is light-skinned?
a resident of Barron Park
on Mar 1, 2011 at 9:43 am

Why did they identify 2 suspects at "light-skinned" and one as "Hispanic"? The "light-skinned" suspects have descriptions of age, build, height, clothing, and facial hair, so it was not just a "quick glimpse".

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Posted by non witness
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 1, 2011 at 10:42 am

Light skinned what? Caucasian, African-American, Hispanic, Pacific Islander? Would it not be better to say "light-skinned, possibly Caucasian?" Or whatever? As opposed to dark-skinned Caucasian or African-American? Middle Easterners are considered to be Caucasian yet many appear to be Hispanic and vice-versa.

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Posted by what is light-skinned?
a resident of Barron Park
on Mar 1, 2011 at 2:44 pm

Maybe they mean light-skinned Caucasian as opposed to someone with a tan? Is this standard police terminology? Or did the newspaper make it up?

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Posted by wtf
a resident of South of Midtown
on Mar 1, 2011 at 8:49 pm

maybe light-skinned male means just that (race unknown)......what is wrong with you all.....

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