Sleeping couple awakened by burglar exiting front door with their car keys

Police arrest San Jose man suspected of burglarizing Palo Alto home

Palo Alto police have arrested a San Jose man suspected of burglarizing a home on Oregon Avenue early Saturday morning while the homeowners were still in bed.

One of the residents said she heard the front door open a little after 6 a.m. and woke her husband. They got up and saw a burglar leaving their home through the front door. The couple reported the incident to police after noticing that their car keys were missing, police said in a press release issued Monday.

The alleged burglar was arrested near the intersection of Oregon Expressway and Middlefield Road. A set of car keys was found nearby and was later identified as the set of keys stolen from the Oregon Avenue residence. Police determined that the man, a 23-year-old resident of San Jose, fit the description of a man who had fled from Stanford University Department of Public Safety deputies only hours earlier.

The man allegedly committed a traffic violation and failed to pull over for a Santa Clara County sheriff's deputy who attempted to stop him in his vehicle, according to Department of Public Safety spokesman Bill Larson.

He was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail and faces one felony charge of residential burglary. A spokesman from Stanford's public safety department could not immediately be reached.

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 e-mailed to 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 or

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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12 people like this
Posted by Resident
a resident of Meadow Park
on Jun 17, 2019 at 7:06 pm

Knowing whether the burglar entered the home through an unlocked door or window, or whether he forced his way in, would be helpful to the general public. Is this information available?

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Posted by Kenny
a resident of University South
on Jun 18, 2019 at 9:22 am

Common sense dictates locking doors and windows at night, and locking cars and not leaving valuables in plain sight any time. Also get a dog, which is both a passive (barking burglar alarm) and an active (burglar munching) deterrent.

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Posted by Endless PC
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jun 18, 2019 at 8:06 pm

ALLEGED burglar? He was the burglar. Why ALLEGED?

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jun 18, 2019 at 10:23 pm

Gotta say alleged, otherwise at trial he can claim he was convicted by the press.
As potential jurors we need to play the game by the rules, then put him in prison.

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