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Police on search for duo in overnight crime spree

Residents report home burglaries, stolen car

Police believe two men seen on surveillance video burglarized two homes and stole a car later recovered in Palo Alto on Oct. 12. Courtesy Palo Alto Police Department.

Palo Alto police detectives are investigating an early Monday morning crime spree after burglars entered two homes, prowled a third property and stole a car from another.

In the first incident, two burglars forced entry into a garage at about 2:42 a.m. in the 700 block of Gailen Avenue near Louis Road and stole two bicycles, home-surveillance footage showed. The victims, a couple in their 30s, were asleep inside the home at the time and didn't know the theft had occurred until they woke up. A men’s black Gary Fisher Marlin mountain bike and a women’s black and teal Marin Kentfield CS1 bike were missing. The burglars didn't enter the residential portion of the home, police said in a press release on Thursday afternoon.

One of two men who police believe burglarized two homes and stole a car has a unique mark or tattoo on the right side of his neck. Courtesy Palo Alto Police Department.

Home surveillance video showed a distinguishing mark or tattoo on the right side of the neck of one of the burglars.

During a neighborhood check related to the burglary, officers located a neighbor on the same block who reviewed their own home surveillance footage. It showed a male with a flashlight prowling in the yard after entering through an unlocked side gate at about 2:37 a.m. and no additional crime was committed at the property, according to police. The prowler appears to be the same person as the one wearing a face covering and hooded sweatshirt from the burglary, police said.

Police received another call at 9:39 a.m. regarding a stolen SUV from a property that is a tenth of a mile from Gailen Avenue. An unknown person stole a 2012 Audi Q7 SUV belonging to a man in his 30s. The theft occurred overnight at a home in the 3800 block of Corina Way where the SUV was parked on the street with its doors unlocked and the key had been accidentally left in the ignition, police said.

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Home surveillance video from the man's home and from neighbors showed the theft occurred at 3:07 a.m. A light-colored sedan had arrived on the street, where a passenger exited and rummaged through the man’s unlocked car, then stole the vehicle. The sedan's driver also departed. The video is not of sufficient quality for the public to help identify the individuals or their sedan, police said.

Officers received another call at 10:23 a.m. regarding a second, overnight residential burglary in the 3700 block of Nathan Way. The location is about a third of a mile from Gailen Avenue, police said.

The investigation revealed that an unknown person or persons had come onto the property through an unlocked side-yard gate and entered the home of a couple in their 40s through an unlocked window. The burglar stole a resident's purse from the kitchen table. The burglar appears to have left without entering any other rooms, police said. The couple were asleep inside the home and discovered the crime after they realized the purse was missing, the side-yard gate was open and the window was ajar with a screen removed.

Someone attempted to use credit cards from the purse at a San Jose convenience store around 4:45 a.m. that morning, police said. Detectives are following up on those transactions.

Police recovered the stolen Audi Q7 in the 3800 block of Nathan Way while investigating the second home burglary. Investigators searched the vehicle for evidence and returned it to the owner, police said.

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Detectives believe all three of the crimes were likely committed by the same two people, police said. There is no indication they intended any physical harm to the sleeping residents.

"Overnight residential burglaries are extremely rare in Palo Alto. Most residential burglars commit their crimes during the day, when homes are unoccupied and the chance of a confrontation with a resident are correspondingly reduced," the department said in the press release.

Palo Alto police recommend residents put locks on side yard gates to prevent easy unauthorized access to the property.

Anyone with information about these incidents 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.

Two residential burglaries and a stolen vehicle (which was later recovered) were reported to Palo Alto police on Oct. 12. Courtesy Google Maps.

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Police on search for duo in overnight crime spree

Residents report home burglaries, stolen car

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Thu, Oct 15, 2020, 3:52 pm

Palo Alto police detectives are investigating an early Monday morning crime spree after burglars entered two homes, prowled a third property and stole a car from another.

In the first incident, two burglars forced entry into a garage at about 2:42 a.m. in the 700 block of Gailen Avenue near Louis Road and stole two bicycles, home-surveillance footage showed. The victims, a couple in their 30s, were asleep inside the home at the time and didn't know the theft had occurred until they woke up. A men’s black Gary Fisher Marlin mountain bike and a women’s black and teal Marin Kentfield CS1 bike were missing. The burglars didn't enter the residential portion of the home, police said in a press release on Thursday afternoon.

Home surveillance video showed a distinguishing mark or tattoo on the right side of the neck of one of the burglars.

During a neighborhood check related to the burglary, officers located a neighbor on the same block who reviewed their own home surveillance footage. It showed a male with a flashlight prowling in the yard after entering through an unlocked side gate at about 2:37 a.m. and no additional crime was committed at the property, according to police. The prowler appears to be the same person as the one wearing a face covering and hooded sweatshirt from the burglary, police said.

Police received another call at 9:39 a.m. regarding a stolen SUV from a property that is a tenth of a mile from Gailen Avenue. An unknown person stole a 2012 Audi Q7 SUV belonging to a man in his 30s. The theft occurred overnight at a home in the 3800 block of Corina Way where the SUV was parked on the street with its doors unlocked and the key had been accidentally left in the ignition, police said.

Home surveillance video from the man's home and from neighbors showed the theft occurred at 3:07 a.m. A light-colored sedan had arrived on the street, where a passenger exited and rummaged through the man’s unlocked car, then stole the vehicle. The sedan's driver also departed. The video is not of sufficient quality for the public to help identify the individuals or their sedan, police said.

Officers received another call at 10:23 a.m. regarding a second, overnight residential burglary in the 3700 block of Nathan Way. The location is about a third of a mile from Gailen Avenue, police said.

The investigation revealed that an unknown person or persons had come onto the property through an unlocked side-yard gate and entered the home of a couple in their 40s through an unlocked window. The burglar stole a resident's purse from the kitchen table. The burglar appears to have left without entering any other rooms, police said. The couple were asleep inside the home and discovered the crime after they realized the purse was missing, the side-yard gate was open and the window was ajar with a screen removed.

Someone attempted to use credit cards from the purse at a San Jose convenience store around 4:45 a.m. that morning, police said. Detectives are following up on those transactions.

Police recovered the stolen Audi Q7 in the 3800 block of Nathan Way while investigating the second home burglary. Investigators searched the vehicle for evidence and returned it to the owner, police said.

Detectives believe all three of the crimes were likely committed by the same two people, police said. There is no indication they intended any physical harm to the sleeping residents.

"Overnight residential burglaries are extremely rare in Palo Alto. Most residential burglars commit their crimes during the day, when homes are unoccupied and the chance of a confrontation with a resident are correspondingly reduced," the department said in the press release.

Palo Alto police recommend residents put locks on side yard gates to prevent easy unauthorized access to the property.

Anyone with information about these incidents 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.

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Lee Forrest
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Crescent Park
on Oct 15, 2020 at 5:07 pm
Lee Forrest, Crescent Park
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on Oct 15, 2020 at 5:07 pm
17 people like this

Given the home surveillance videos & the PAPD detectives (as well as neighborhood residents) on the lookout for them, the burglers would be wise to make it 'a one shot deal' & not return to the same area.


Tommy
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Old Palo Alto
on Oct 16, 2020 at 7:58 am
Tommy, Old Palo Alto
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on Oct 16, 2020 at 7:58 am
14 people like this

That's the second time this week that a person left their keys in the ignition. Which resulted in a burglary. Come on guys. smh smh .


Screeedek
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Stanford
on Oct 16, 2020 at 11:50 am
Screeedek, Stanford
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on Oct 16, 2020 at 11:50 am
9 people like this

Who leaves their keys in their cars these days? Seriously. Who does that?


Palo Alto Resident
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Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 16, 2020 at 1:05 pm
Palo Alto Resident, Duveneck/St. Francis
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on Oct 16, 2020 at 1:05 pm
9 people like this

"'Most residential burglars commit their crimes during the day, when homes are unoccupied and the chance of a confrontation with a resident are correspondingly reduced,' the department said in the press release." Has the PAPD not noticed that we've been in the midst of a pandemic and most homes therefore are fully occupied during the day with people working and learning from home?


Jennifer
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another community
on Oct 16, 2020 at 6:22 pm
Jennifer, another community
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on Oct 16, 2020 at 6:22 pm
1 person likes this

Key in ignition, doors unlocked, left on the street. Was his housekeys on a separate key ring? With the exception of the neck tattoo, these two men could be anybody.


Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
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Adobe-Meadow
on Oct 16, 2020 at 10:12 pm
Resident 1-Adobe Meadows, Adobe-Meadow
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on Oct 16, 2020 at 10:12 pm
11 people like this

We are having more and more reports of incidences in PA of late. I believe that is is in part due to the movement to reduce the police forces and the governor's releasing people from prisons. Who thinks up this type of stuff? Reduce the police force then release felons from prisons? This is insane.

I keep my gate locked at all times and call in to the city for when the meters will be read. And I note the license plates of cars left on our street and call them in to the city if over two days. Could be stolen car or one evading repo people.

These burglars are in my neighborhood. Those are streets that are next to me. I am really concerned by the type of activity going on in this city now - we have set up an environment of permissive response to illegal activity - if I am reading these stories correctly. And we have people running for the PACC which are heading the wrong way on police presence in this city. NO - these people will not benefit from "counseling".
Bottom line is to make sure that we have a fully populated police force and their hands are not tied by overzealous "Commissioners".


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