A Palo Alto man was robbed Friday morning after he walked in on a burglary that was taking place at his home on Edgewood Drive, police said.
The alleged robber, identified as 21-year-old Jose Silva, was arrested less than 15 minutes after the crime was reported while walking near the Newell Road bridge into East Palo Alto.
Police said the burglary and robbery occurred at around 11 a.m. Friday on the 2300 block of Edgewood Drive. The homeowner, a man in his 50s, reportedly returned home and found a man inside his residence, rummaging through drawers. When the homeowner interrupted the burglary, the man demanded cash from him, police said. The homeowner then handed over the cash and the man ran out the door, grabbing some miscellaneous personal items along the way, police said.
The homeowner reportedly called the police at about 11:17 a.m. and provided the description of the robbery suspect. At about 11:30 a.m., a Palo Alto officer spotted a pedestrian matching the description near the Newell Road bridge. The officer stopped the pedestrian, recovered the stolen items and placed him under arrest, police said.
Silva, a resident of East Palo Alto, was booked at the Santa Clara Main Jail for residential burglary, robbery (both felonies) and a felony parole violation relating to a prior residential burglary. Police believe he had gotten into the Edgewood Drive home by climbing over the fence and entering through an unlocked sliding door, which was open.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the police 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.
Police also issued a reminder to residents to always close and lock doors and windows whenever leaving a home unoccupied. More crime-prevention tips are available at cityofpaloalto.org/StopCrime.