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Man punched by alleged lawnmower thief

Gardener caught man loading equipment into the back of a truck

A would-be thief who was caught allegedly stealing a lawnmower from a Palo Alto gardener was arrested Thursday (May 26) after punching the victim in the stomach and fleeing the scene, a Palo Alto police spokesman said.

Aley Palacio, 29, of San Francisco, was arrested for felony robbery and was booked into the San Jose main jail.

The victim was working in a yard in the 2500 block of Webster Street between Marion Avenue and Middlefield Road at about 11 a.m. when the incident occurred, according to police. He saw a pick-up truck backed up to his vehicle and Palacio was allegedly loading the lawnmower into the back of the pick-up truck.

The victim told Palacio to return the lawnmower and Palacio put the mower on the ground, police said. The victim tried to prevent Palacio from leaving the scene and said he would call police.

Palacio allegedly punched the victim in the stomach and drove away. Police were able to apprehend him at Middlefield Road and San Antonio Road with license-plate information provided by the victim.

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Posted by PolicySage
a resident of Barron Park
on May 27, 2011 at 11:57 am

A lawnmower is not worth a human life. The victim, though injured, was not killed. However, interfering with a thief invites serious injury or death. Get away from there, and call the police! Your health, to say nothing of your life, is infinitely more valuable than a lawnmower or other property.


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Posted by Palo Parent
a resident of Greenmeadow
on May 27, 2011 at 12:34 pm

That sounds like a good basis for a country song.


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Posted by Gardener
a resident of Midtown
on May 27, 2011 at 12:36 pm

To him it might have been worth his life! If the victim's livelihood depends on his lawnmower, losing the lawnmower might very well have left him as good as dead! That's why they hanged horse thieves in the old west.


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Posted by work for a living
a resident of Midtown
on May 27, 2011 at 12:40 pm

The thief was not just taking the victims machine, he was taking his livelihood!


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Posted by isolated crime?
a resident of Midtown
on May 27, 2011 at 1:14 pm

That's a pretty weird crime, especially if it is an isolated incident. Has this happened elsewhere in town? Was the crook just driving around town looking for equipment to steal from gardeners' trucks?


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Posted by tatianna
a resident of Barron Park
on May 27, 2011 at 1:57 pm

"That sounds like a good basis for a country song."

Too FUNNY!!!


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Posted by Dave
a resident of Green Acres
on May 27, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Thief: ballsy but no brains.


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Posted by Hulkamania
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on May 27, 2011 at 6:19 pm

"The thief was not just taking the victims machine, he was taking his livelihood!

+1


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Posted by Outside Observer
a resident of another community
on May 27, 2011 at 7:52 pm

Gardener Cartels?

One has to wonder..... ;)


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Posted by Palo Parent
a resident of Greenmeadow
on May 27, 2011 at 7:56 pm

Mow'em down!


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Posted by moi
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 29, 2011 at 3:16 am

Webster and Middlefield run parallel. Marion intersects the two streets. Location description in story makes little sense.


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Posted by mercy
a resident of Greenmeadow
on May 29, 2011 at 7:35 am

I do not understand why people can not let this guy go,obviously,he was doing it for a living,and he does not have money to buy one.Just have mercy on him,if this thing happened in another country,people just would give him the mower and let him go and work with it.


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Posted by taxmoney
a resident of Monroe Park
on May 29, 2011 at 7:50 am

Our tax moneies are wasted on those petty crimes.Look at our overcrowed prison,we would spend more than just a lawnmower if he is in prison for this.We used to live in a foreign country, the laws are not as strict as in here,although there were petty crimes all the time,but we seldom heard voilent crimes,it is because people would forgive those small crime and give them another chance to survive in a society,so when those have the second chance they would never have difficulty to find jobs,thus bring the stabiliuty to the whole society.


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Posted by Midtown resident
a resident of Midtown
on May 29, 2011 at 7:52 am

The street description makes perfect sense. Webster St. bends at that point and runs from Marion to Middlefield. The story even provided a map link so you could see.


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Posted by Les
a resident of Monroe Park
on May 29, 2011 at 9:37 am

Taxmoney, I'm sure you wouldn't feel that way if someone punched you and took your belongings. People have many more opportunities in this country than obstacles. They CHOOSE a life of crime, rather than seek positive outlets. I would rather live in a community that holds the bar higher and not give people a pass for being thieves and thugs.


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Posted by taxmoney
a resident of Monroe Park
on May 29, 2011 at 10:19 am

Have you heard california will release tens of thousands of those petty crime offenders lately? What do you think they will do to this society when they are released? They hate our society and the prison makes them even much worse.Would it be better if we just fined them heavily in the first place and not sent them to prison.


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Posted by taxmoney
a resident of Monroe Park
on May 29, 2011 at 10:34 am

In my country,we have two different systems,one is called civil punishment for those such as petty thieft or disturbing peace or even battery without serious injuries,they all belong to this catelog,they are usually get fined heavily or would do communities labors for factories without pay for one to two years. Those will not leave any marks on this person's record,and it usually gives him a chance to join the society again.So we would seldom hear killings or violent crimes in our society for taking the money from a person.Usually when people are walking during the middle of night you would not find any thing like here,such as guns,knives or senseless killings for only $20.


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Posted by taxmoney
a resident of Monroe Park
on May 29, 2011 at 11:16 am

The jobs of our police are involving mediation between the two arguing people such as husbands and wives or sellers and buyers or people who hit each other without too much injuries.So you can always depend on police to persuade people to stop fighting over small things.How differnt two systems work.I believe the stability of our society is of the most important thing to consider.


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Posted by pat
a resident of Midtown
on May 30, 2011 at 5:11 pm

>"...if this thing happened in another country,people just would give him the mower and let him go and work with it."

What country would that be?


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Posted by mercy
a resident of Midtown
on May 30, 2011 at 5:56 pm

My friend is a student in tulane univ. One day when she was walking outside her shool.Someone demanded her money,good thing was she always keeps a hundred dollor bill in her wallet. This time she took it out and gave it to this robber.He let her go without harm, I believe if she only gave him $20,she would get hurt.


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