Palo Alto police are searching for a burglary suspect who stole a purse and cellphone from a home while the victims were asleep, according to police department press release.
On Sunday, June 12, at about 9:09 a.m., the resident of a home in the 3400 block of Kenneth Drive called police to report that her home had been burglarized overnight, according to police. The victim, a woman in her 50s, learned of the burglary after a good Samaritan knocked on her door at 8:50 a.m. to return her purse, which he had found on the street nearby, police said.
The woman told police that cash was missing from the purse, which she had left in the hallway of her home. Nothing else was taken from the purse.
Police said the woman checked her home and noticed that her cellphone had been taken from its charger on the kitchen counter.
The woman's son, a man in his 20s, went to bed at 2 a.m. and did not notice anything suspicious at that point, police said. Investigators said the suspect entered the home through an unlocked sliding door sometime after 2 a.m.
Police said overnight burglaries of occupied homes occur infrequently in Palo Alto. This incident is the first since May 2015 and the fifth case since July 2012, police said.
Residents are advised to lock and secure all doors and windows at night. For a list of other crime-prevention tips, click here.
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.