Police report uptick in residential burglaries

Man, seeking hospital treatment, arrested on outstanding warrant from Santa Barbara

Palo Alto has seen a "significant increase" in residential burglaries since the beginning of June, police announced Monday.

About 20 residential burglaries have hit the city, most of them in the northern section of town, Palo Alto Police Sgt. Brian Philip said.

Unlocked rear doors and windows is the typical means of entry, he said.

Philip supplied a map showing burglaries from June 1 to July 12. The map does not include several incidents that occurred over the weekend, he said.

(View PDF map of Palo Alto residential burglaries, June 1-July 12) (Green dots refer to June burglaries; red to locations of July burglaries.)

Sunday morning, July 15, Palo Alto police arrested a 36-year-old man while he was seeking treatment in Stanford University Hospital Emergency Department after hearing from Santa Barbara County sheriffs that the man had an outstanding warrant.

Michael Holden was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail in San Jose.

Following the arrest, police Monday, July 16, searched a Tanland Drive apartment where Holden had stayed with "a friend of a friend" prior to going to the hospital. There, they found laptops and cash that had been stolen from an apartment across the hall in the same building on Saturday, July 14, Philip said.

Holden, who has no fixed address, will face further charges of burglary and possession of stolen property, Philip said.

In addition, police arrested one adult and two juveniles in the overnight hours between Sunday, July 15, and Monday, July 16, after finding them breaking into vehicles in the 1400 block of Edgewood Drive.

Philip said police are trying to determine whether the three are linked to other recent burglaries.

Police encourage residents to call 911 to report suspicious behavior, or to call the 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to or sent by text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.

Chris Kenrick


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Posted by Wondering?
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 17, 2012 at 12:03 pm

> Sunday morning, July 15, Palo Alto police arrested a 36-year-old
> man while he was seeking treatment in Stanford University
> Hospital Emergency Department after hearing from
> Santa Barbara County sheriffs that the man had an
> outstanding warrant

And just how did the Palo Alto Police come to know that this man was at the Stanford Hospital ER about the same time they decided to look for him? How long had he been staying in Palo Alto?

Just for the record, the PA Police have announced over the past several months that they have arrested over twenty people on various charges for various activities related to residential burglaries. However, neither the Police, nor the Santa Clara County DA has announced how any of these cases has been resolved. By now one would have thought that the DA would have been able to "plead out" some of these people. So, what's going on here? Are any of these cases settled yet? How many of these people will be doing time? How much of the stolen property has been recovered?

Interesting that the local media don't seem to be interested in following up on these crimes.

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Posted by fatty arbuckle
a resident of Meadow Park
on Jul 17, 2012 at 10:18 pm

Yeah our overpaid police are too busy ticketing people for turning left of Alma - 300 dollars apiece - rather than trying to enforce the security of residents.

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Posted by Crescent Park Dad
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 18, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Sorry dude. But traffic laws are for everyone. You got caught, deal with it.

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Posted by Poppadop
a resident of Mountain View
on Jul 18, 2012 at 10:43 pm

How strange to read F.A.'s complaint about getting a ticket by police who he implies should instead by "trying to enforce the security of residents"--in response to an article in which the police are doing EXACTLY THAT by recovering stolen property, jailing the perpetrators, etc. Does he think they should be preventing all burglaries before they happen, rather than helping enforce traffic safety? Got some warped thinking goin' on there!

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 19, 2012 at 11:27 pm

Web Link

Wondering - this will give you more info on the burglar who seems to more than just that. A burglar willing to enter an occupied dwelling is often one who has another agenda, including sex crimes, even though that's not his full m.o. But his pattern of transgressions appear to be much more serious than just a grab & run.

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