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Police recover gun cases in alleged burglar's car

Detectives connect man to two break-ins a week apart

A man was arrested in connection with two home burglaries in Palo Alto on Friday allegedly had gun cases stolen from one of the thefts in his vehicle, police said.

Detectives are continuing to search for the weapons, police said.

One of the burglaries happened on Friday, when the accused burglar, later identified as a 20-year-old East Palo Alto man, kicked open a bedroom door in the 1900 block of Edgewood Drive, police said in a press release. The resident was remotely monitoring him in real time through a security system as the burglar made multiple round trips from the home with property.

The resident, a man in his 50s, alerted police dispatch around 10:10 a.m. of the in-progress burglary, but the trespasser left by the time officers arrived to the residence, which was rummaged through, according to police. They discovered that the burglar forced his way into the home through a backyard door, according to the press release.

About 20 minutes later, detectives found a person who matched the description of the burglar on foot less than a mile away in the 1800 block of Woodland Avenue in East Palo Alto and detained him without incident, police said. Their search of his red, two-door, 2015 Honda Civic parked in the area led them to electronics stolen from the Edgewood Drive home. The items were returned to resident.

The vehicle search also uncovered gun cases stolen from an Aug. 31 residential burglary in the 900 block of Oregon Avenue, where someone entered an unoccupied home by removing a window screen sometime between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., police said. Multiple legally-owned handguns and rifles were also allegedly taken from the home, but were not found in the Civic.

The retrieved items prompted detectives to obtain a warrant granted that day to search the 20-year-old burglar's Woodland Avenue home, police said. A SWAT team that served the warrant around 4:30 p.m. Friday didn't locate the weapons.

Detectives are continuing to search for the property stolen in the Oregon Avenue burglary. The 20-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of stolen property for both burglaries, according to police.

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 paloalto@tipnow.org or sent by text message or voicemail to 650-383-8984. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through the police's free mobile app, downloadable at bit.ly/PAPD-AppStore or bit.ly/PAPD-GooglePlay.

Editor's note: The Weekly's policy is to withhold the names of those arrested for most crimes until the District Attorney has determined there is sufficient evidence to file charges in the case. See our guidelines here.

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8 people like this
Posted by Palo Altan
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 13, 2018 at 12:36 pm

Here's the press release from PAPD: Web Link

Such a handsome young man, could easily get hired for a job. Why would he choose a life of crime instead? His parents probably worked long hours to support him; what a disappointment for them. Yay for technology!


12 people like this
Posted by great job
a resident of College Terrace
on Sep 13, 2018 at 1:44 pm

Great job, resident and PAPD! This shows why it's important for the police to follow up on residential burglaries, something not routinely done in some urban districts. I shudder to think what could have happened with the stolen guns had the perp not been apprehended.


28 people like this
Posted by Right Near My Home in...
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 13, 2018 at 2:11 pm

>>>Such a handsome young man, could easily get hired for a job. Why would he choose a life of crime instead?

Do only unattractive people commit crimes?

'I don't think so, Tim'.


11 people like this
Posted by resident
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 13, 2018 at 2:25 pm

What kinds of guns (brands and models) were stolen? Have these guns been used in crimes yet? Why was the public not warned about the danger immediately after the guns were lost in August?


7 people like this
Posted by Palo Altan
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 13, 2018 at 3:29 pm

@Right Near My Home in...: Silicon Valley intellectuals don't understand it, but humans are shallow by nature. Ask someone to walk down an alley with scary looking people or an alley with clean-cut, attractive people; they will choose the latter. I have gotten so many breaks due to my attractiveness; people trust and want to work with attractive people.

Just look how far the sociopath, Elizabeth Holmes went, scamming big time investors: Web Link

Why do celebs pay for so much plastic surgery? To gain more jobs, have more fans.

Milly Vanilli was a hit both because of their songs, but because of the appeal of the frontmen too. The actual voice was of a man of mediocre appearance whom the producers didn't think could be a hit based only on his voice. One would think that intellectuals would understand this concept, but they lack street smarts.

I am treated better when I wear nice clothes and makeup. Silicon Valley people should get makeovers but their heads are in the books and computers. It doesn't take much to clean-up and look more attractive.


46 people like this
Posted by Right Near My Home In...
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 13, 2018 at 6:30 pm

@Palo Altan
> Silicon Valley intellectuals don't understand it, but humans are shallow by nature.

*Gee...if a person has any common sense at all, that observation should be one of their life's early lessons. One doesn't have to be an intellectual to put 2 + 2 together.

>>Just look how far the sociopath, Elizabeth Holmes went, scamming big time investors:

*Hmmm...I don't find her all that attractive...kind of a mean-looking person.


>>> Why do celebs pay for so much plastic surgery?

*Fear of getting old & being forgotten...Think 'Sunset Boulevard'.

>>>> Silicon Valley people should get makeovers but their heads are in the books and computers. It doesn't take much to clean-up and look more attractive.

*Stems from their childhood & a devotion to certain priorities (i.e. software development, video games, science fiction etc.). There's no need to go GQ (or even to a hairstylist) for those kinds of activities.


>>>>> I have gotten so many breaks due to my attractiveness; people trust and want to work with attractive people.... I am treated better when I wear nice clothes and makeup.

*So long as your attractiveness doesn't go to your head. BTW, if you're as hot as your words seem to convey, let's go grab a drink sometime & compare notes...I don't do coffee after 10AM.


38 people like this
Posted by R. Davis
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 13, 2018 at 9:29 pm

Some thoughts on 'attractivenes'...

How does it feel to be
One of the beautiful people
Now that you know who you are
What do you want to be
And have you traveled very far
Far as the eye can see

-John Lennon


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Posted by soccer coach?
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 13, 2018 at 10:48 pm

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6 people like this
Posted by Palo Altan
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 14, 2018 at 12:43 am

@Right Near My Home in... No, I am not a complete head-turner [portion removed.] But I do know what it's like for people to appreciate my appearance. It has never gone to my head, I just know it's one of my strengths. Most people here in Silicon Valley could improve their appearances, they just choose not to. I'm just saying that they should. They don't realize what a difference it makes. Why not improve something that can be improved upon? Isn't that the Silicon Valley mantra?


34 people like this
Posted by On A Scale of 10
a resident of Menlo Park
on Sep 14, 2018 at 8:30 am

> Silicon Valley intellectuals don't understand it,

What is a Silicon Valley intellectual? Seems like an oxymoron.

Is it a high-tech slob who disdains the mindset of GQ and People Magazine or perhaps a local bon vivant who enjoys overpriced restaurants and making small talk on a variety of insignificant and shallow topics?

As far as physical attractiveness is involved, the SF midpeninsula was never known for its plethora of stunningly 'beautiful' people.

For that consideration, you usually have to go where the weather is warmer or work on a Hollywood set.


34 people like this
Posted by R. Davis
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 14, 2018 at 8:55 am

QUOTE: No, I am not a complete head-turner [portion removed.] But I do know what it's like for people to appreciate my appearance. It has never gone to my head, I just know it's one of my strengths. Most people here in Silicon Valley could improve their appearances, they just choose not to. I'm just saying that they should. They don't realize what a difference it makes.


This sounds like a sales pitch one might hear at a Macy's cosmetic counter (or at one of those Mary Kay gatherings in someone's house).

Appearances do matter to a certain extent, but not at the expense of being real.


28 people like this
Posted by New to Palo Alto
a resident of College Terrace
on Sep 14, 2018 at 3:22 pm

>> I have gotten so many breaks due to my attractiveness; people trust and want to work with attractive people.

Sounds like a questionable pitch for a career in TV broadcast journalism.

>> As far as physical attractiveness is involved, the SF midpeninsula was never known for its plethora of stunningly 'beautiful' people.

Many non-attractive people but with an upwardly-mobile, oftentimes snooty attitude.

>> Appearances do matter to a certain extent, but not at the expense of being real.

Makes sense to me.


2 people like this
Posted by Palo Altan
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 14, 2018 at 4:12 pm

@R. Davis: Who says I'm not real? I am the most honest and sincere person I know, which is why I chose to comment on this subject, knowing there would be backlash from snooty intellectuals.

Also remember that "snooty" is an attitude. Do not assume someone is snooty because they dress well and are attractive—that would be your insecurity. If you want to know where the snoot is in town, go to Stanford Shopping Center in on a WEEKDAY—that's their playground, along with their dogs that crap and pee all over the cement (pure selfishness). Likely Atherton people?

"As far as physical attractiveness is involved, the SF midpeninsula was never known for its plethora of stunningly 'beautiful' people." Right, but people could improve the way they look through clothing, hair, and makeup, or for men, hair and clothing. I have gone to school Open Houses and the parents in middle and high school wear REI and no makeup, look like they just rolled out of bed.

Let's be clear, however, I love Palo Altans and would not want the pressure of living a Beverly Hills lifestyle. Just saying people should improve their appearances here and it wouldn't take much effort. Too bad it's so extreme here.


25 people like this
Posted by Single PA Dad
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Sep 14, 2018 at 6:08 pm

"...Who says I'm not real? I am the most honest and sincere person I know,"

>If I had a dollar for every time I've heard something along these lines, I'd probably have enough money to own a house in Hillsborough. The ones who are truly honest & sincere generally don't have to advertise it.

"Do not assume someone is snooty because they dress well and are attractive—that would be your insecurity."

> High-end 'clothes horses' are oftentimes narcissists caught-up in their own self-imposed vanities.

"I have gone to school Open Houses and the parents in middle and high school wear REI and no makeup, look like they just rolled out of bed."

> Going to your child's open house is not a fashion show. BTW, some of the most 'attractive' women I've encountered are the ones who can get by without wearing excessive make-up. It's the ones with the heavy amounts of 'warpaint' that I tend to stay clear of as they are probably covering-up for their own rash of personal insecurities.


3 people like this
Posted by or wait
a resident of Community Center
on Sep 14, 2018 at 6:58 pm

Stolen guns.

Ahhhhh, another Responsible Gun Owner.


3 people like this
Posted by Palo Altan
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 14, 2018 at 11:38 pm

@Single PA Dad: Not surprised by your alias. Wearing make-up doesn't mean Dolly Parton makeup. No one in Northern CA wears excessive make-up. Plus, the assumption that someone who dresses well wears Prada is ignorant. People who earn enough money to live in Palo Alto should wear better than REI and Dick's. Obviously, people who are defensive of my statements are insecure.


20 people like this
Posted by The Devil Wears Prada
a resident of Professorville
on Sep 15, 2018 at 8:24 am

"People who earn enough money to live in Palo Alto should wear better than REI and Dick's. Obviously, people who are defensive of my statements are insecure."


Not so much insecure but perhaps more along the lines of personal priorities. Besides, aren't the more expensive outdoor lines (e.g. North Face, Eddie Bauer et al) somewhat reflective of an upscale mentality? If one were really being practical, they would simply go buy their casual wear at an army surplus store.

There's an old saying that goes, "Clothes don't make the man." I would imagine that this also applies to women as well.


16 people like this
Posted by The Devil Also Wears Louboutin
a resident of Barron Park
on Sep 15, 2018 at 1:53 pm

@Palo Altan
...Such a handsome young man, could easily get hired for a job.

What kind of job would you be suggesting? A male catalog model, a TV reality show
castmember or just a regular job like 75% of the population?

To rely solely on one's looks to get ahead seems kind of superficial at best.





5 people like this
Posted by Aquamarine
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 15, 2018 at 3:53 pm

No, his parents didn't work hard and sacrifice a lot. His parents are somewhat neglectful and, according those around them, are not good neighbors.

Sounds like the idiot whose guns were stolen left them easily accessible and had their window open. Is that correct?


14 people like this
Posted by Finally...
a resident of Stanford
on Sep 15, 2018 at 5:50 pm

> "No, his parents didn't work hard and sacrifice a lot. His parents are somewhat neglectful and, according those around them, are not good neighbors."

But...> "Such a handsome young man," (according to an earlier post).

*groan*


2 people like this
Posted by Palo Altan
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 15, 2018 at 5:55 pm

@Posted by The Devil Also Wears Louboutin: Wow, so many extreme assumptions here. No, it could be any blue collar customer service job where appearance matters. Or any other job. There is a natural preference for hiring good looking people when all other things are the same. Back to the point, which was that people are shallow and do judge a book by its cover. It's so subconscious that no one here can even admit it. Racism? Why does it exist? Because people are shallow. Even if people don't think they are racist, they make judgements based upon appearance. How many have black friends? My husband has a best friend who is. So to all of you who pretend to wear halos over your head, do some deep thinking.


16 people like this
Posted by Gunn Parent
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Sep 15, 2018 at 6:21 pm

"But...> "Such a handsome young man," (according to an earlier post)."

Not a particularly good trait to have if one lands in prison.


10 people like this
Posted by Get Real
a resident of Stanford
on Sep 16, 2018 at 2:04 pm

> Silicon Valley people should get makeovers but their heads are in the books and computers...

Makeovers? Just another generalization based on one of your earlier quotes...

>> Wow, so many extreme assumptions here.

>> Because people are shallow...they make judgements based upon appearance.

Just who are you trying to kid? It sounds like you make your own 'judgments' solely based upon one's appearance. How limited in perspective.

BTW...How does it feel to be one of the beautiful people?


4 people like this
Posted by Holly W.
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Sep 16, 2018 at 5:50 pm

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4 people like this
Posted by R. Davis
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 16, 2018 at 6:06 pm

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10 people like this
Posted by The Typical BS Route
a resident of Portola Valley
on Sep 17, 2018 at 1:52 pm

"There is a natural preference for hiring good looking people when all other things are the same."

The song and dance BS act also plays into the interview picture. If you have both...good looks + the BS, you're hired!


2 people like this
Posted by Not So...
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 18, 2018 at 1:52 pm

@Palo Altan
> There is a natural preference for hiring good looking people when all other things are the same."

Bad call as this can lead to unwanted and unwarranted sexual harassment on the job.

Hiring qualified, unattractive employees can sometimes prevent this from occurring.

Besides, the notion of attractiveness is a subjective one at best.


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