Burglars broke into 14 vehicles in and around the restaurant corridor on El Camino Real in Palo Alto over four days this past week, according to the police department.
Eleven cases occurred on El Camino Real near restaurants including the Fish Market Restaurant, at 3150 El Camino Real; The Sea by Alexander's Steakhouse, at 4269 El Camino Real; and Olive Garden Italian Restaurant, at 2515 El Camino Real, Palo Alto Detective Sergeant Brian Philip said.
Two cases occurred at Fry's Electronics, at 340 Portage Ave., and one took place in a parking garage at 490 Cambridge Ave.
All took place between Thursday, Nov. 6 to Sunday, Nov. 9.
In each incident, the burglars smashed the car windows. The burglars made off with electronic devices, including laptops and cell phones, Philip said. In three cases, the burglars rummaged through the cars but did not take anything.
It does not appear that the burglars targeted any particular make or model of car, though it does appear that they targeted rental vehicles with the thought that business people travel with electronic devices, Philip said.
"It is a continued problem plaguing Palo Alto and the Peninsula," but police are working with other agencies on possible leads and looking at similarities in other cases, he said.
Police advise residents and visitors 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 911 to report suspicious behavior.
Anyone with information pertaining to these incidents can also call the 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413, send an anonymous tip by text message or voicemail to 650-383-8984 or by email to email@example.com.
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