Police are investigating nine vehicle break-ins that occurred Tuesday night, March 3, in Palo Alto.
The auto burglaries happened between 6 and 10 p.m., and most were reported in the downtown area. Three of the break-ins occurred on the upper floors of City Parking Garage R, at 528 High St., and four took place in the downtown area on Webster Street, Hamilton Avenue, University Avenue and Lytton Avenue, police said. The other two auto burglaries occurred on El Camino Real.
In each incident, the burglars smashed the car windows to gain entry. Thieves took backpacks, bags or briefcases left inside the vehicles in plain view, police said. Electronic devices, including laptops and tablet computers were stolen in eight of the break-ins.
Although police do not believe the suspects targeted any particular make or model of car, seven of the nine vehicles targeted were rental cars, police said. There have been 65 auto burglaries reported in Palo Alto this year, police 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.
In response to the spate of auto burglaries, uniformed officers are increasing their patrols, and plainclothes detectives are also out looking for the suspects, police said.
Anyone with information pertaining to these incidents is 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 message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.