Palo Alto police are looking for two teenagers who they say robbed a woman outside Stanford Shopping Center on Saturday night, according to a police news release.
Police received a call at about 7:24 p.m. on Saturday about a strong-arm robbery that had just occurred at the shopping center, according to the news release. The woman, who is in her 30s, was talking on her cell phone on the east side of Stanford Shopping Center when the two male teenagers came up from behind. One of them allegedly grabbed the phone out of her hand before both ran off toward El Camino Park, police said.
The woman chased them down Sand Hill Road and into the park before flagging someone nearby to call 9-1-1, according to the news release. Police worked with the woman to track her phone, which they found discarded in the park along with a case containing her ID and credit card, police said.
The woman described the two people who robbed her as between the 15 and 16 years old. Both are male and both are about 5 feet 7 inches tall with thin builds. Both wore black hooded sweatshirts and dark sagging jeans, according to the news release.
Police said they do not believe this robbery is related to any other recent incidents. They are working to see if video surveillance footage is available that could help identify the two males.
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 [email protected] or sent via text message or voicemail to 650-383-8984. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through the department's free mobile app, downloadable at bit.ly/PAPD-AppStore or bit.ly/PAPD-GooglePlay.