Palo Alto police have arrested three teenagers who they said sneaked into an unoccupied home in the Greer Park North neighborhood through an unlocked window last month and made off with jewelry, several laptops and an e-reader.
Jarred Paine, a 18-year-old Oakdale resident, and two 15-year-old boys from Palo Alto, were booked for residential burglary after officers found in their possession various items that were reported stolen from a home in the 1000 block of Moffett Circle. Police learned about the burglary after getting a call from the homeowner, a woman in her 50s, who reported on Feb. 6 that her home had been burglarized.
The first two suspects, Paine and one of the boys, were identified and located in Midtown about two hours after the burglary was reported, police said in a news release. After stopping them in the 2700 block of Midtown Court, police found the stolen jewelry in their possession.
Paine, who was on bail for selling narcotics to minors, also allegedly had a pair of pliers in his possession. He was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for residential burglary, committing a felony while out on bail for another felony (both felonies) and for possession of burglary tools (a misdemeanor).
The 15-year-old boy was arrested for residential burglary and transported to Santa Clara County Juvenile Hall.
The third arrest occurred on Feb. 9, after detectives had determined that at least three suspects were involved in the Moffett Circle burglary. Detectives served a search warrant at a residence in the 1100 block of Colorado Avenue and found additional jewelry from the burglary in the possession of the other 15-year-old suspect. He was arrested and transported to Juvenile Hall, police said.
Since Feb. 9, police had been investigating the possibility of other suspects being involved. Last week, they concluded the investigation after determining that these three were the only participants, the news release states (the department had waited to see if additional suspects would be identified before publicizing the arrests, according to the news release).
Most of the jewelry stolen in the burglary has been recovered and returned to the victim, according to the news release, The electronic items, however, remain outstanding, police said
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