Palo Alto police say a woman frightened off a burglar who broke into her home on the 1300 block of Hopkins Avenue, adjacent to Rinconada Park, Tuesday night.
The 40-year-old resident heard someone trying to turn the locked doorknob of her bedroom door from the hallway just before midnight, she reported to police.
She yelled out and the burglar fled, police said. The woman did not see the person, so she was unable to provide a description.
Police responded to her 9-1-1 call and searched the neighborhood but were unable to locate the suspect. Deputies from the Stanford Department of Public Safety and a canine unit from the East Palo Alto Police Department assisted in the search.
Investigators said the burglar was able to get inside the home through an open window. The person rummaged through belongings but nothing was taken.
In response to Tuesday's burglary, police are increasing overnight patrols in neighborhoods. Police recommend that residents lock and secure all doors and windows at night.
Police are asking that anyone with information relevant to this incident call the 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.
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