Update on May 22: Police have arrested two teenage boys in connection with Tuesday's home invasion robbery in Palo Alto's Midtown neighborhood. Read the full story here.
Two men who broke into a Midtown home alarmed an elderly woman who was forced to hand over her jewelry, money and other personal property before they left in her car Tuesday afternoon, Palo Alto police said.
The home invasion robbery was reported at about 12:45 p.m. in the 900 block of Colorado Avenue near Louis Road, just north of Seale Park. Officers learned two men entered the home by kicking a side door and encountered a woman in her 70s, police said in a press release issued Tuesday night.
The duo demanded she hand over personal items, including jewelry she was wearing and money, police said. They then went to the garage where they stole her car which they used as their getaway vehicle. They were last seen heading east on Colorado Avenue.
The woman was neither harmed nor threatened by the men, who didn't display any weapons, according to police.
Officers were called to the residence soon after the robbery and searched the neighborhood for the men, but were unable to find them.
The robbers each appeared to be Hispanic, between 17 and 19 year old, about 5 feet 7 inches tall, thin built and with short, dark hair. One of the men was seen in a black shirt and black pants. The other wore a light gray-hooded sweatshirt and faded red pants.
The vehicle they stole was a white 2004 four-door Honda Civic with California license plate No. 5JUD666.
Investigators may release a sketch of the robbers if the woman is able to work with a police artist.
Anyone with information about Tuesday's home invasion robbery is asked to call the department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to [email protected] 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.