A man who befriended a woman at Palo Alto's nonprofit Opportunity Center had $20,000 to $25,000 worth of jewelry stolen from his room as he slept, Palo Alto police said.
"It was basically a boy meets girl; boy invites girl into his room; boy falls asleep and girl takes jewelry" story, Sgt. Con Maloney said.
The resident told police he met the woman on Friday, July 20, at about 1:30 a.m. as he was returning to the center at 33 Encina Ave. Opportunity Center provides comprehensive services to homeless and at-risk persons, including some residential housing.
The woman told the resident she was there to visit friends but could not get into the building. The man let her into the building, but when her friends did not answer their door, the man befriended her.
The victim allowed the woman to stay in his room and cooked dinner for her. He fell asleep at about 4 a.m., he told police. The man awoke around noon to find the woman was gone and so was the jewelry, which included gold chains, pendants, earrings and a collector's edition Rolex watch.
The woman is described as a 30- to 35-year-old African American with straight black hair, brown eyes and a slender build. She is 5 feet 5 inches to 5 feet 6 inches tall and between 115 to 125 pounds. She wore a long-sleeved shirt, blue jeans and carried a small white handbag.