Palo Alto police search backyards for prowlers

Police bring in police dog during early-morning manhunt

Police were searching backyards in a Palo Alto neighborhood early Tuesday morning looking for a pair of prowlers.

Residents called police around 1:30 a.m. and said they saw prowlers in the 800 block of Garland Drive, police Detective Max Nielepko said.

When officers arrived, they spotted two men in the area, but the men took off running and began jumping through backyards, he said. Around 3 a.m., police called residents to notify them that they were conducting a search of all neighborhood backyards and to advise them to stay inside and lock their windows and doors, Nielepko said.

Officers brought in a police dog to search for the men, but they were not found, and the search was called off within a few hours, Nielepko said.

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by Tish
a resident of Greendell/Walnut Grove
on Sep 13, 2011 at 11:54 am

Never found? Comforting..

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Posted by Erin
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Sep 13, 2011 at 12:04 pm

We didn't get much sleep last night but we appreciate the PAPD doing such an extensive search of the area. Thank you!

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Posted by JustMe
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 13, 2011 at 3:55 pm

Jumping through back yards? They are lucky they did not find a pit bull. But then again, I would guess that not that many PA residents have those. But even little yappy things would have helped guide the police to the path of escape.

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Posted by Alvin York
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 13, 2011 at 5:39 pm

JustMe are you referring to a Charter Arms .40 cal Pit Bull? And by small yappy you must mean a .357 Pug also by C A.

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Posted by ha
a resident of Southgate
on Sep 13, 2011 at 5:42 pm

no,i actually was hearing a cat crying yiou know this kind of crying.

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Posted by Pitbull expert
a resident of another community
on Sep 13, 2011 at 7:28 pm

The little one is a .357? You obviously don't know your pitbulls! The .357 has way more bark then any .40 caliber. Any CA? common who are you kidding? Uncle Smith and Wesson have the best dogs. Your right though people don't have those god awful things in California let alone Palo Alto, god forbid. Thats what a police force with a slashed budget is for!

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Posted by JustMe
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 13, 2011 at 7:56 pm

No, sorry, I was referring to dogs. Any idiot who starts shooting as someone simply passing through their yards is going to be in a whole world of hure when the police start asking questions. If you are not in imminent danger, and someone simply passing through your yard is NOT a dangr, you have no business throwing lead atound. (They say that if oyu shoot someone on your property, they had better be armed and at least half way into your house first.)

Dogs, real barking, chasing, butt-sniffing dogs, are the best solution for home security. No one ever lost their house and retirment due to a wrongful death lawsuit caused by a small yappy dog.

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Posted by Pitbull expert
a resident of another community
on Sep 13, 2011 at 9:10 pm

Thats the problem with california.... You have to be half dead, in your home, clothes torn off, and raped, before you can use deadly force and even then its "questionable" some tree hugging sue happy lawyer might not make it in the criminal courts, but will suck you dry in the civil courts, afterall whos going to feed and pay the alimony checks to the bad guys estranged girlfriend/friends and unwanted children. Other parts of the county, the world, a sign on your front porch that states "trespassers will be shot, and shot again and then maybe prosecuted" is good enough warning, you don't belong back there, you face the consequences.

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Posted by Ray
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Sep 14, 2011 at 10:23 am

"Jumping through backyards" until they found their own. Which could explain why they weren't found.

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Posted by crescent park neighbor
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 14, 2011 at 10:37 am

A thief entered our house, stealing three laptops, through a back yard/back door in July. Be aware...

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Posted by JustMe
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 15, 2011 at 9:23 am

Wow Pitbull expert, that was an interesting tirade passing through many topics not even tangentially related to this thread. I am sorry, but there is too much territory there to even try to cover. However, I will make one observation that you sound like you could use some anger management.

Ray, from EPA, you make an excellent point, the prowlers could have been neighborhood teens who used the back yards to return to their homes. It is a reasonable possibility and would not be the first time. The prowlers might have been peeping Toms or something. (No, we don't kill people for that Pitbull.)

Another question is the identification of "two men". Was the visual on these guys good enough to identify gender? Or are they just assumed to be male from the start? That would constitute a gender bias bordering on gender bigotry. A similar assumption-leap about ethnicity or religion would prompt angry phone calls from the ACLU.

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