Trio of suspects sought in Palo Alto burglary

Surveillance video shows hooded burglars ransacking Channing Avenue home

Palo Alto police are looking for three people who allegedly broke into an unoccupied home in the Duveneck/St. Francis neighborhood, shuffled through the homeowner's possessions and took off with a computer tablet on Wednesday night.

The three suspects, believed to be male, were captured on a home video surveillance system as they crept into the home on the 1700 block of Channing Avenue at about 9:40 p.m., crawled through the kitchen and family room, pulled out drawers and ransacked the home. They stole the single tablet computer and left the home a few minutes after they entered, police said.

The burglary was discovered on Thursday, after the resident returned home to find the rear glass door smashed and the house ransacked. He called the police Thursday night to report the burglary.

The video captured in surveillance shows the three suspects all wearing gloves and light-colored sweatshirts with hoods up. Two of them are wearing identical sweatshirts, with the letter B printed in a light color inside a black circle. After rummaging with flashlights for a few minutes, they walked out the door, the video shows.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to or sent by text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.


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1 person likes this
Posted by Bob
a resident of Barron Park
on Sep 20, 2016 at 8:22 am

Tale of two cities...

5 people like this
Posted by Willows Resident
a resident of Menlo Park
on Sep 20, 2016 at 8:59 am

Sympathy for the homeowner, but this is really weird and kind of funny. What kind of burglar creates team uniforms? I wonder if this is a stunt by some high school kids. I suggest the police check with Zappos whether someone has ordered custom burglary team sweatshirts .

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