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.