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 email@example.com 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.
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