A Palo Alto man was arrested Wednesday after a quick-thinking neighbor notified police when she saw him climbing into the backyard of a University South neighborhood home, police said.
At about 2:20 p.m., a resident of the 600 block of Melville Avenue called police to report that she saw a man climbing over the fence into the backyard of her neighbor's home, which was unoccupied at the time.
Officers responded and located Simon Arroyo, 30, in the backyard. Arroyo, who was found allegedly under the influence of a narcotic, was arrested without incident, police said.
He was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for prowling and being under the influence of a narcotic, both misdemeanors.
Police credit the alert neighbor and quick response from police officers for Wednesday's arrest.