Police on Tuesday, Oct. 27, arrested a man suspected of burglarizing three homes in Palo Alto, according to police department press release.
On Sunday, Oct. 25, at about 1:30 p.m., police officers responded to a report of a residential burglary on the 1400 block of Emerson Street. The victim told police she returned home from a multi-day vacation to find her home ransacked and several items missing from the home.
The suspect, later identified as 21-year-old James Chester Broughton, likely entered the residence through an unlocked door, police said.
On Monday, Oct. 26, at about 4 p.m., officers responded to a report of two residential burglaries, one on the 500 block of Miramonte Avenue, and the second on the 1600 block of Castilleja Avenue. The burglaries occurred blocks
from one another.
In each case, the victims returned home to find the place ransacked and items missing, police said. Police said the suspect gained entry through unlocked windows.
Investigators developed information that Broughton, who has no permanent residence, was responsible for the burglaries, and he was arrested on suspicion of three felony counts of residential burglary and two felony counts of possession of stolen property.
Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to 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.