Three men armed with handguns invaded an occupied home on Valencia Court in Portola Valley late Thursday, Oct. 13, corralled the three residents –- a man and a woman in their 50s and a girl -- and escaped with jewelry and electronic equipment, according to deputies from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.
This robbery was the second in Portola Valley in 2016. Three armed men invaded a home on Golden Oak Drive in June. Both incidents took place in Central Portola Valley.
The homeowner was standing in front of his house at around 10:30 p.m. when three African-American men approached him and forced their way into the house, deputies said. Once inside, they moved the residents to a bedroom and then ransacked the house, deputies said.
The men fled in a white sedan of unknown make and model, deputies said.
Medics treated the man at the scene for a small cut on the side of his head, the only physical injury incurred during the incident, deputies said.
The darkness that is valued highly in Portola Valley may have aided the robbers in hiding identifying information about them, making details about the incident that much more important, deputies said.
Deputies are asking residents to be vigilant and contact the Sheriff's Office upon encountering anything suspicious.
"These types of incidents are very rare for Portola Valley," Detective Salvador Zuno told the Almanac. "It's random and it's very rare."
Detective Zuno went out of his way to ask that residents focus on suspicious activity, not on African-American men or white vehicles.
The incident has prompted a petition to install fixed automated license-plate-reading cameras at key locations to catch traffic into and out of town.