Two teenage boys accused of robbing a woman in her Midtown Palo Alto home on Tuesday afternoon and last seen fleeing in her vehicle were arrested in San Jose, where one of them allegedly burglarized another home moments before he was placed in custody, police said Wednesday.
The teens, 15 and 17, are believed to be the two individuals who carried out the home invasion robbery in the 900 block of Colorado Avenue near Louis Road around 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, police said in a press release. The teens allegedly kicked in a side door, entered the house, confronted a woman in her 70s, and demanded her personal property, including the jewelry she was wearing and money.
Police say the duo then went to the garage and stole her white 2004 four-door Honda Civic, driving away east on Colorado Avenue. The woman did not see them with weapons and wasn't physically harmed or threatened.
A witness saw a boy who appeared to be one of the robbers, based on descriptions provided by police, sitting in a car while another boy walked door to door before the robbery, according to the press release.
A second witness reported seeing a silver 2002 Toyota Camry speeding from the scene. Investigators later determined the Toyota was stolen from San Jose and was the same vehicle used in a case involving a home burglary and assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer in San Jose, police said.
Santa Clara County's Regional Auto Theft Task Force found the Toyota in San Jose and also located one of the teens, who had the keys to the Palo Alto woman's Honda, police said. Officers have yet to locate her car with California license plate No. 5JUD666.
San Jose police officers found the other teen in the city moments after he allegedly burglarized a home, according to the press release.
The 15-year-old, who is on probation out of San Jose, was arrested for alleged vehicle theft, burglary, attempted carjacking, attempted robbery, assault and battery and possession of burglary tools, police said.
The 17-year-old was arrested for alleged burglary, attempted carjacking, attempted robbery, robbery, vehicle theft and tampering with a vehicle. The older teen is also facing potential charges in San Jose for residential burglary, resisting arrest and battery on an officer.
The boys have not been identified by police because they are underage.
Anyone with information about Tuesday's home-invasion robbery is asked to call the Palo Alto Police Department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.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.