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Hawaii water polo team loses $16K in gear in Palo Alto auto burglary

Twenty members of the University of Hawaii women's water polo team had nearly $16,000 of equipment stolen in a Palo Alto burglary on Wednesday, police confirmed.

The smash-and-grab case was reported at about 8:40 p.m. at a Hamilton Avenue parking lot, according to Sgt. Adrienne Moore.

It doesn't appear that the team was targeted, according to Moore, and no information is available about any suspects in the case.

The team lost a quarterfinals game to the University of California at Berkeley on Friday and will not be advancing in the NCAA Water Polo Championship, held at Stanford University.

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Hawaii water polo team loses $16K in gear in Palo Alto auto burglary

Uploaded: Sat, May 11, 2019, 12:22 pm
Updated: Mon, May 13, 2019, 8:20 am

Twenty members of the University of Hawaii women's water polo team had nearly $16,000 of equipment stolen in a Palo Alto burglary on Wednesday, police confirmed.

The smash-and-grab case was reported at about 8:40 p.m. at a Hamilton Avenue parking lot, according to Sgt. Adrienne Moore.

It doesn't appear that the team was targeted, according to Moore, and no information is available about any suspects in the case.

The team lost a quarterfinals game to the University of California at Berkeley on Friday and will not be advancing in the NCAA Water Polo Championship, held at Stanford University.

— Bay City News Service

Comments

jqp
Crescent Park
on May 12, 2019 at 8:16 am
jqp, Crescent Park
on May 12, 2019 at 8:16 am
10 people like this

There's no Aloha here.


nevayarkin@gmail.com
Registered user
Old Palo Alto
on May 12, 2019 at 2:29 pm
nevayarkin@gmail.com, Old Palo Alto
Registered user
on May 12, 2019 at 2:29 pm
6 people like this

Disqusting! I'm sorry for the University of Hawaii that there
equipment was stolen. A sad day for the Palo Alto Community.
I hope the police can find these people.


Who Steals WP Equipment?
Adobe-Meadow
on May 12, 2019 at 2:34 pm
Who Steals WP Equipment?, Adobe-Meadow
on May 12, 2019 at 2:34 pm
9 people like this

How can some swimsuits and numbered water polo caps + a few WP balls come to over $16K?

Were they carrying designer luggage as well?

Agreeing with the first poster. There is absolutely no Aloha spirit in Palo Alto. None whatsoever.

People here are too concerned with money and their vanity.


musical
Palo Verde
on May 12, 2019 at 6:11 pm
musical, Palo Verde
on May 12, 2019 at 6:11 pm
4 people like this

Interesting PAPD report log published May 10 -- Web Link

Incident 190002489 05/08/2019 20:40 375 Hamilton Window Smash; Items Taken
Incident 190002491 05/08/2019 20:40 375 Hamilton Window Smash; Items Taken
Incident 190002503 05/08/2019 20:40 375 Hamilton Window Smash; Items Taken
Incident 190002504 05/08/2019 20:40 375 Hamilton Window Smash; Items Taken
Incident 190002505 05/08/2019 20:40 375 Hamilton Window Smash; Items Taken
Incident 190002506 05/08/2019 20:40 375 Hamilton Window Smash; Items Taken
Incident 190002507 05/08/2019 20:40 375 Hamilton Window Smash; Items Taken
Incident 190002508 05/08/2019 20:40 375 Hamilton Window Smash; Items Taken
Incident 190002509 05/08/2019 20:40 375 Hamilton Window Smash; Items Taken
Incident 190002510 05/08/2019 20:40 375 Hamilton Window Smash; Items Taken
Incident 190002511 05/08/2019 20:40 375 Hamilton Window Smash; Items Taken
Incident 190002512 05/08/2019 20:40 375 Hamilton Window Smash; Items Taken
Incident 190002513 05/08/2019 20:40 375 Hamilton Window Smash; Items Taken
Incident 190002514 05/08/2019 20:40 375 Hamilton Window Smash; Items Taken
Incident 190002521 05/08/2019 20:40 375 Hamilton Window Smash; Items Taken
Incident 190002522 05/08/2019 20:40 375 Hamilton Window Smash; Items Taken
Incident 190002528 05/08/2019 20:40 375 Hamilton Window Smash; Items Taken
Incident 190002529 05/08/2019 20:40 375 Hamilton Window Smash; Items Taken


Resident
Downtown North
on May 12, 2019 at 6:58 pm
Resident, Downtown North
on May 12, 2019 at 6:58 pm
7 people like this

Re: Who Steals WP Equipment?

I think it's a bit unfair to paint with broad brushstrokes and say Palo Alto Residents are only too concerned with money and their vanity. We do not know who did this theft. It could have been a non-Palo Alto resident. That garage where this theft occurred should have video cameras installed.

It is terrible this happened. Even if Water Polo equipment were replaced or loaned out.. it's not the same. If you're involved in any sports, you'll know for a competition, you want a specific equipment that is broken into and is yours. As well.. swim gear can be very expensive.

On the bright side, if the insurance covers their equipment, any worn or almost worn equipment that needed replacing will be replaced with new items.

Feel terrible this happened to a visiting team. Such massive theft.

When we lived in College Terrace, there were a lot of door to door sales people peddling all sorts of goods. When I asked, none of them lived in Palo Alto. They come over and sell their wares. Theft can also be the same.


musical
Palo Verde
on May 12, 2019 at 8:26 pm
musical, Palo Verde
on May 12, 2019 at 8:26 pm
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^ Address is open parking lot (Lot D) behind CVS, across from Post Office.
Insurance often has a large deductible.


Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
Registered user
Adobe-Meadow
on May 12, 2019 at 10:30 pm
Resident 1-Adobe Meadows, Adobe-Meadow
Registered user
on May 12, 2019 at 10:30 pm
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Amazing that someone can break into a car and steal stuff in such a public place and no one notices or does anything? Or at least get a picture of their license plate? We all need some schooling on auto theft and break ins - what to do to catch these people - or at least get some pictures so that they can be identified. Otherwise we are just sitting ducks. I guess we need signs everywhere to keep your stuff in your room until you are on the way to the airport.


What?
Palo Alto High School
on May 12, 2019 at 10:47 pm
What?, Palo Alto High School
on May 12, 2019 at 10:47 pm
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"Were they carrying designer luggage as well? There is absolutely no Aloha spirit in Palo Alto. None whatsoever. People here are too concerned with money and their vanity."

Have you ever visited Hawaii? I go twice per year. They don't even know what designer luggage is. Not only, is this poster implying that Palo Altans stole their gear? The PAPD reports are clear: criminals visit from elsewhere (even as far as hours north). Palo Altans are not responsible for our car thefts. The criminals think Palo Alto is one big candy store.


musical
Palo Verde
on May 13, 2019 at 1:07 am
musical, Palo Verde
on May 13, 2019 at 1:07 am
5 people like this

^ Criminals aren't the only ones who think Palo Alto is one big candy store...


A TUMI Family
Crescent Park
on May 13, 2019 at 7:55 am
A TUMI Family, Crescent Park
on May 13, 2019 at 7:55 am
9 people like this

"Have you ever visited Hawaii? I go twice per year. They don't even know what designer luggage is."

We do too and Hawaiians are familiar with brands such as TUMI (our choice of luggage).
As a matter of fact, one local even asked. "Are you from California?"
And my kid replied, "We're from Palo Alto!"

Getting back to the theft...it's going to be challenging fencing used swimsuits and water polo balls.

These thieves were obviously from out of town as they are not too bright.


Low IQs
Barron Park
on May 13, 2019 at 12:21 pm
Low IQs, Barron Park
on May 13, 2019 at 12:21 pm
4 people like this

> These thieves were obviously from out of town as they are not too bright.

99% of them aren't. With the price of gas today, anyone who drives 1-2 hours away just to steal some rubber balls and a bunch of used swimsuits is obviously short on both schooling and common sense.


What?
Palo Alto High School
on May 13, 2019 at 12:31 pm
What?, Palo Alto High School
on May 13, 2019 at 12:31 pm
2 people like this

@A TUMI Family: Obviously, my comment was not to be interpreted literally. My point was that Hawaiians, who run around in shorts and t-shirts, do not value designer luggage. Plus, when people think of designer luggage, they think Louis Vuitton and Gucci, not Tumi. And there is no correlation with a Hawaiian knowing your Tumi luggage to guessing you are from California. There are many clues for recognizing a mainlander.

@Low IQs: Hilarious posting, thanks for the laugh.


Redmond Turk
Registered user
Gunn High School
on May 13, 2019 at 12:43 pm
Redmond Turk, Gunn High School
Registered user
on May 13, 2019 at 12:43 pm
2 people like this

How nice that these burglaries continue unabated while we have the opportunity to continue contributing to a nice retirement package for our police chief.


A TUMI Family
Crescent Park
on May 13, 2019 at 12:50 pm
A TUMI Family, Crescent Park
on May 13, 2019 at 12:50 pm
6 people like this

> And there is no correlation with a Hawaiian knowing your Tumi luggage to guessing you are from California. There are many clues for recognizing a mainlander.

My son was wearing a blue LA cap. GO DODGERS!

> Plus, when people think of designer luggage, they think Louis Vuitton and Gucci, not Tumi.

Agreed. We don't do Louis Vuitton or Gucci.Those brands are designed for narcissistic phonies aka Kardashian wannabes.


musical
Palo Verde
on May 13, 2019 at 2:06 pm
musical, Palo Verde
on May 13, 2019 at 2:06 pm
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People are too busy to get involved. Best to just ignore the mayhem. Stick your nose into it and be castigated as another Palo Alto bigot. No follow-up here. Anyone interested in details needs to scour Google or Facebook. Hawaii newscasts were more informative, e.g. Web Link


Protect Your Swim Wear
Duveneck/St. Francis
on May 13, 2019 at 4:07 pm
Protect Your Swim Wear, Duveneck/St. Francis
on May 13, 2019 at 4:07 pm
8 people like this

I sometimes wear my Speedos as underwear. No one has ever stolen them yet.

As a former male catalog model, i still look pretty good in them.


reality of it
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 13, 2019 at 6:41 pm
reality of it, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 13, 2019 at 6:41 pm
5 people like this

As reported in Hawaii the girls lost cameras,laptops,head phones in addition
to water polo gear - that's how it comes to $16,000. Palo Alto has no security
cameras or video surveillance in the public parking lot to deter crime and the
Police Dept is understaffed with unfilled positions.


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