Police investigate burglary at Roosevelt Circle home

Palo Alto incident caught on surveillance camera

Palo Alto police are looking for two men who on Sept. 26 burglarized a home on Roosevelt Circle and made off with three laptop computers, jewelry and other items.

Surveillance cameras indicated that the burglary occurred at about 9 a.m. that morning, when the residents were not at home. The victims, a woman in her 40s and her husband, learned about the burglary later that afternoon and called police.

Footage of the incident showed the first of the two men riding a bicycle down the home's driveway. He then leaves the bicycle in the backyard and walks away on foot. A little while later, the second suspect walks up and enters the home through an unlocked door in the backyard.

Police described both suspects as light-skinned males in their 20s. The first man was wearing black pants, a yellow shirt, a black and gray sweatshirt and a white hat. The second man was wearing red basketball shorts and a black tank top. The bike was a black mountain bike with white lettering, a suspension fork, disc brakes and red handlebars, police said.

Though the footage suggests that there are two suspects, police are also investigating the possibility that only one man was involved and that he discarded his outer clothing to change his appearance between the time he dropped off the bicycle and the time he returned to burglarize the homes.

Police said in addition to the laptops and jewelry, the burglars made off with "miscellaneous personal property," although they did not specify what those items were.

According to police, there have been 69 residential burglaries reported this year. The number has been dropping every year since 2012.

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 via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.


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9 people like this
Posted by Crime watch
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Oct 4, 2016 at 10:07 am

Its getting to be that I want to call the cops on any even slightly suspicious person I see walking the neighborhood streets during working hours.

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Posted by resident
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Oct 4, 2016 at 1:25 pm

Suspect description is 3 casually dressed young white men. I suppose you can be suspicious of 3 guys like that wandering around a residential neighborhood when they should be at school or at work.

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Posted by dennis
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Oct 4, 2016 at 1:26 pm

Once an intruder gets past the first line of defense, the side gates, they immediately have a haven by which they can gain entry, especially if doors are left unlocked; dumb, so put locks on your gates and lock all doors and windows when you leave for work, etc. Also, know your neighbors and have a pact to what out for one another, neighborhood watch works.

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Posted by john_alderman
a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 4, 2016 at 2:48 pm

john_alderman is a registered user.

@resident - except for all the downtown parking overflow. I see young casually dressed guys walking around all the time.

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Posted by PA Ambassador
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 6, 2016 at 7:37 pm

PA Ambassador is a registered user.

Its the same guy,he has the same shoes on in both photos

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