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Burglar steals from Palo Alto home while residents sleep

Police: Thief remains at large

Palo Alto police are looking for a burglar who broke into a home on Sunday night, March 8, while the residents were asleep and made off with several electronic devices. The thief escaped undetected and remains at large.

At about 8:24 a.m. on Monday, March 9, the police department received a call from a resident of a home on the 4200 block of Wilkie Way, reporting the burglary. Officers who responded to the home were unable to locate the burglar.

Investigators said someone entered the home through an unlocked side door after 11 p.m. Sunday and rummaged through the first-floor rooms while the residents slept on the second floor.

The residents were unaware of the intrusion, police said, until they went downstairs later in the morning. There was no evidence to suggest the burglar was on the second floor, police added.

Detectives are actively investigating this case. A similar case occurred in July 2014, and officers are looking for possible links between the two incidents.

In response to Sunday's burglary, police are increasing overnight patrols in neighborhoods. Police recommend that residents lock and secure all doors and windows at night.

Anyone with information relating to this incident is asked to call the police department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to paloalto@tipnow.org or sent via text message or voicemail to 650-383-8984.

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— Palo Alto Weekly staff

Comments

4 people like this
Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 11, 2015 at 7:43 am

Can you let us know if this was a large home, or a smaller home. Was it Eichler style? It looks like it was two storeys, is that why they didn't hear.

I find it hard to believe that in an older house this could be done without waking anyone. I hear every sound and am often woken during the night.

This is scary.


2 people like this
Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Mar 11, 2015 at 12:19 pm

Yes, it was a 2-story house. Old homes are often build more solidly than new ones.

"Investigators said someone entered the home through an unlocked side door after 11 p.m. Sunday and rummaged through the first-floor rooms while the residents slept on the second floor."


16 people like this
Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Mar 11, 2015 at 12:43 pm

Scary to me too. Got so much crap in my house that a burglar might hurt himself and sue.


1 person likes this
Posted by Haha!
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Mar 11, 2015 at 4:19 pm

@musical: Thanks! Your posting seriously made me laugh out loud! We've got crap to trip over too.


2 people like this
Posted by Marielena Scanlon
a resident of Palo Verde
on Mar 12, 2015 at 8:22 am

LOCK YOUR DOORS!


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Posted by Frank
a resident of Palo Verde
on Mar 12, 2015 at 12:30 pm

If an intruder tried to break into my home, I have a pitbull that would love to play with him!

- Frank
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