Palo Alto police arrested Eric Thomas Schmidt, a 30-year-old San Jose resident, on Friday, Aug. 14, after he allegedly attempted to steal bicycles wheels from inside the carport of a College Terrace neighborhood home and fled to a nearby rooftop.
The dispatch center received a call on Friday around 2 p.m. from a resident on the 600 block of Stanford Avenue reporting a prowler in her carport, a police press release states. Upon being seen by the resident, Schmidt allegedly fled and climbed an adjacent fence, police said. Officers responded and searched the area, but did not find him.
Then a call came in from a resident in the 500 block of Oxford Avenue reporting that he had seen a man in his backyard, according to police. Officers then spotted Thomas, who matched the suspect's description, a short while later hiding on a residential roof back on the 600 block of Stanford. He was cited and released on one count of prowling and one count of petty theft.
After an investigation, police determined that Schmidt allegedly removed the wheels of the bike but was confronted before he could take them.