Palo Alto police are looking for two men who allegedly broke into a home on Tuesday, Nov. 18, according to a police department press release. The break-in was captured on a resident's video surveillance system.
At about 6:42 p.m., the police dispatch center received a report of a burglary that occurred at a townhouse in the 1000 block of Tanland Drive, at about 5:55 p.m. A video system had recorded the burglars until one of them noticed the camera and disabled it.
Investigators said no one was at the home at the time of the break-in, and a review of the video shows that the two men forcibly entered the front door with a crowbar. One of them walked upstairs to steal valuables, while the other stood by the front door. The man stationed by the front door noticed the video camera and ripped it out of the wall, but the camera had already uploaded the video to a cloud server. In addition to the camera, the men stole a laptop, computer and jewelry. Two pet cats inside the home were unharmed.
The men -- both Hispanic males in their 30s and approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall with medium builds -- appeared to have mustaches and goatees and were wearing eyeglasses and light-colored hats. One was wearing a light-colored, zip-front jacket and jeans while the other was wearing a light-colored, long sleeved pullover shirt and long pants.
The video can be viewed here.
There have been 107 residential burglaries reported in Palo Alto so far this year. This is down from 131 in 2013 and 226 in 2012.
Police encourage people to call 911 to report suspicious behavior. Crime prevention tips are available on the City of Palo Alto website.
Police are asking that anyone who has information pertaining to this case or who recognizes the men 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 message or voicemail to 650-383-8984.