A Palo Alto resident thwarted an attempted burglary of her home, according to Palo Alto police.
On Wednesday, March 18, around 6 a.m., police officers responded to a call from a woman reporting that three men had attempted to break into her home on the 1500 block of Channing Avenue. Officers and a police K-9 responded to the area but did not locate the suspects.
Investigators said the victim, a woman in her 60s, was sleeping when she heard noises in the yard of her home, and when she went to investigate, she saw a man standing outside of an open kitchen window at the front of her home. When the man saw her, he ran away. Two other men ran out of her side yard, police said. The men had removed the screen from an unlocked kitchen window and opened it, but did not enter the home, police said.
The men are described as Hispanic males in their late teens or early 20s. The man at the victim's window has a stocky build and was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt while the other two were wearing light-colored clothing.
Police do not anticipate that a sketch will be forthcoming, and recommend that residents lock and secure all doors and windows overnight.
Anyone with information pertaining 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 voice mail to 650-383-8984.