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 firstname.lastname@example.org or sent via text message or voicemail to 650-383-8984.