Palo Alto police seek downtown auto burglars

Rash of burglaries hits Palo Alto garages Monday night

Burglars broke into eight vehicles in two downtown Palo Alto parking garages on Monday night, according to a police department press release.

Officers responded to eight separate auto burglary cases, all of which happened between 6 and 10 p.m. Six cases occurred on the third and fourth floors of City Parking Garage R, at 528 High St., and two cases happened on the upper floors of City Parking Garage J, at 520 Webster St.

In each incident, the burglars smashed the car windows. The burglars made off with personal electronic devices including laptops and tablet computers, a purse and other miscellaneous personal property. In two cases, the burglars rummaged through the cars but did not take anything.

Police do not have information about the burglars, but it does not appear that they targeted any particular make or model of car, though it does appear that they targeted rental vehicles.

Police advise people to lock their unattended vehicles and close all windows, as well as take valuables with them or keep things out of sight. Police also encourage people to call 9-1-1 to report suspicious behavior.

Anyone with information pertaining to these incidents is asked to call the 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. People can also send an anonymous tip by text message or voicemail to 650-383-8984 or by email to

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 7, 2014 at 5:02 pm

This is the third crime incident reported here today. The 3 of them are all very different, but PAPD are looking for the public's help.

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What crime we have in Palo Alto is varied and serious. Guns on the streets regardless of whether they are BB guns used by young teens to rob other young teens, or used as a means of suicide really worry me.

Cars in garages being robbed of contents or having their wheels stolen show that the garages are not as safe as they should be.

Sex crimes in town seem to be happening more frequently, on our streets and in our parks.

PAPD are great as individuals, but we need to get a grip on crime prevention.

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Posted by Joe
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 7, 2014 at 8:11 pm

There have been several burglaries at the City garages--and still no security/surveillance cameras. It's a shame that we don't have even one person on the City Council that has demanded the City Manager do something towards making it easier to thwart crime in the downtown areas. And there doesn't seem to be one of the wanna-be's who have taken even a whimpering stance about requiring security cameras in public parking areas.

What is wrong with this town? Is everyone afraid of using technology to reduce crime?

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Posted by Chris Zaharias
a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 7, 2014 at 9:13 pm

Chris Zaharias is a registered user.

My license plate was stolen off my car on the 4th floor of the Bryant St parking garage a couple weeks ago. I filed a police report, but may have to do a stake-out to get some photos of whoever's made the garage their personal piggy bank...

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Oct 8, 2014 at 4:58 am

@Joe, whadya mean no security/surveillance cameras at City garages? -- Web Link

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Posted by Becky Stillwell
a resident of another community
on Oct 8, 2014 at 11:51 am

Becky Stillwell is a registered user.

When will people learn and stop leaving all that bait for burglars? Laptops, purses, for heaven's sake! Why not just put a sign on the door: valuable stuff inside, please break window.

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Posted by Chris Zaharias
a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 8, 2014 at 1:05 pm

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