Fifteen residential burglaries in Palo Alto were reported to the police in September, an increase in crimes that appears to be occurring in the city's southern neighborhoods, according to a police department press release.
Despite September's spike, the overall number of residential burglaries this year is lower: Ninety-eight took place in the first nine months of 2014 compared to 108 cases during the same period in 2013, according to police.
Police have developed a sketch of a man seen leaving a home that was robbed on Sept. 24 on the 3000 block of Cowper Street. Between 11:45 a.m. and 2 p.m., a burglar removed a screen from an open and unlocked bathroom window, entered, ransacked the home and stole jewelry, cash and small electronic items. A witness saw the man walk away from the residence and enter a tan sedan parked nearby.
There is no evidence that the man is responsible for other recent burglaries, as burglars appear to be targeting homes in specific areas, according to police. Recent burglaries have taken place on Cowper and Webster streets, Greer and Louis roads and others in or around the 3000 to 3500 blocks.
Police are encouraging people to report suspicious behavior by calling 9-1-1.
Anymore with information pertaining to the burglaries are asked to call the 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent via text to 650-383-8984.