Liquor store burglary latest to hit small retailers

Thieves steal cash, computer from Ernie's Wines and Liquors

An early morning burglary at a Barron Park liquor store is the latest in a series of break-ins that have plagued small Palo Alto stores and restaurants.

The Saturday (Aug. 27) burglary at Ernie's Wines and Liquors at 3866 El Camino Real occurred at 12:52 a.m., Palo Alto police Officer Marianna Villaescusa said. The burglar or burglars smashed a window and took cash and a computer. One male near the scene was described as wearing dark clothing.

Police are still investigating the case and it is not yet known if any persons seen near the location were involved in the crime, she said.

Palo Alto police are also looking for a suspect in a string of commercial burglaries, including an Aug. 24 burglary at Ramona's Pizza.

Police said the burglar has been targeting small local businesses, including restaurants and salons, since 2009. The suspect has not yet been identified but police have surveillance footage from several burglaries.

The man is thought to be responsible for more than 10 burglaries, including ones in Monterey, Los Altos, Mountain View, San Mateo and Beverly Hills, police said.

Anyone with information about the burglaries is encouraged to call the Palo Alto Police Department burglary detectives at 650-329-2128. Residents can also send anonymous emails to or send anonymous voice messages and texts to 650-383-8984.

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Posted by suspect description
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Aug 31, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Is this the robber that the police originally described as a young white male driving a green Jetta? Why does the Weekly describe the suspect as only a male wearing dark clothing?

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Posted by WOW
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 31, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Pretty obvious that this burglary is CLEARLY not related to those other commercial robberies. This type of crime committed in this fashion is fitting for anyone starting as young as teens.

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