Palo Alto police are looking for four people who drove a stolen sports utility vehicle through the front glass doors of Bloomingdale's at Stanford Shopping Center, at 180 El Camino Real, early Wednesday morning and made off with a large quantity of jewelry.
Investigators said surveillance footage shows a red SUV, in reverse gear, crashing into the glass front doors on the El Camino side of Bloomingdale's at around 4 a.m. The driver pulled away and waited outside while three burglars, all wearing black hooded sweatshirts, entered the department store and used what appears to be hammers to break the glass jewelry display cases inside the store. The three were inside the store for just over a minute, police said.
The vehicle's license plate, which is seen in the surveillance footage, matches that of a red 1989 Jeep Cherokee that had been reported stolen on May 12 from the 2200 block of Birch Street, police said. The vehicle had been stolen sometime between May 8 and May 12.
Patrol officers located the Cherokee at around 9:40 a.m. this morning, May 13, in the 200 block of Palo Alto Avenue, police said. Detectives will process the vehicle for evidence.
Police said no specific descriptions of the burglars are available at this time. Bloomingdale's personnel are taking inventory to assess how much jewelry was stolen.
Detectives are actively investigating this case. In February, two men reversed a van into Keeble & Shuchat Photography at 261 California Ave. and made off with thousands of dollars worth of merchandise. Detectives are looking for possible links between the incidents.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the department's 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.
To watch the surveillance footage, visit the Palo Alto Police Department's YouTube channel.