Teen arrested in Oregon Avenue burglary

17-year-old was chased by police through back yards

Police have nabbed a suspected teenage burglar after a foot chase on Garland Drive and Louis Road in Palo Alto Thursday afternoon (Aug. 18).

The 17-year-old male allegedly burglarized a residence in the 900 block of Oregon Avenue near Louis Road, according to police.

The suspected burglar entered the house at 1:19 p.m. by climbing in through an unlocked window, setting off a burglar alarm in the process, police said. An alert neighbor called Palo Alto police to report an audible alarm sounding in the area. Police officers checked the area and found a bicycle parked in bushes near the victim's home.

While the officers were on scene, another resident came outside and told the officers that someone had placed some property (including laptop computers) into the resident's yard.

Officers checked the area near the laptops and spotted the teen ducked down in the yard of a home in the 900 block of Oregon Avenue. The teen fled on foot and the officers gave chase. The youth ran northbound on Louis Road, then made a left onto westbound Garland Drive, and finally ran into residential backyards in the 800 block of Garland between Ross and Louis roads.

Police set up a perimeter to contain the suspect. Nearby Stratford School was contacted and was asked to keep students inside because the school's property could have been accessed from some of the backyards in the 800 block of Garland, police Agent Max Nielepko said.

Officers were also posted at the school in case the suspected burglar tried to run in that direction. Officers and residents saw the youth jumping fences into and out of backyards on Garland. Police contained him to one of the yards and took him into custody.

The youth was found to be in possession of an MP3 player taken from the victim's home. Police also recovered a purse, laptop computers and jewelry the youth had placed into a resident's yard.

Nielepko said the police department appreciates that neighbors look out for each other and report suspicious activity. Residents are encouraged to call 9-1-1 or 650-329-2413 when they observe suspicious activity in their neighborhood.

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Posted by Chris Zaharias
a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 19, 2011 at 6:53 am

That is the only time in my 42 years that I've *ever* heard of a burglary foot chase on Garland Drive.

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Posted by Hulkamania
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 19, 2011 at 10:28 am

Are roller skates normally used on Garland?

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Posted by zone
a resident of South of Midtown
on Aug 19, 2011 at 1:29 pm

do you feel comfortable for police ''locking down'' schools and other places just to catch a ''burglar''? you do not want police or anyone to ''lock you down'' for any reason. you need the right to leave or contact friend if you want. your ''safety'' is YOUR business. not any ''police''.

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Posted by Susan
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Aug 19, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Like any elementary school in Palo Alto, Stratford is full little kids between the ages of 5 and 10. At that age, the children do not have the maturity to decide when "they need the right to leave." Most don't have cell phones. The safety of the children is the responsibility of the supervising adults.

Yes, I do want the police to work with school staff to keep the kids safe.

Thanks PAPD for a job well done!

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Posted by Bob
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 19, 2011 at 3:55 pm

Zone, the police have a duty to protect the public, children and adults alike. if the police were chasing someone in my neighborhood, or near my kids' school, i would expect them to ask me (or the students) to stay inside and out of harms way.

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Posted by anon
a resident of Community Center
on Aug 19, 2011 at 3:56 pm

Zone, I'm pretty sure our safety is the business of the police. Isn't that why we pay taxes to fund them?

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