Four gun security cabinets carrying 35 firearms were stolen from the garage of a Palo Alto home early Tuesday morning while a family of four slept inside the residence, police said.
Police said the garage was unlocked, which is likely how the suspect, or suspects, gained access. The burglary, which took place in the 700 block of Garland Drive, about a block away from the intersection of Middlefield Road and Oregon Expressway, was reported to police dispatch around 6:45 a.m. Tuesday soon after it was discovered, police said in a press release issued Thursday.
One of the four residents, a man in his 50s, told police that a majority of the 35 firearms were shotguns and rifles, police said. Two pistols were also taken from the home. No ammunition was stolen.
Most of the stolen items were either heirlooms or used for hunting, according to police. Of the four cabinets, three were locked and the fourth had an old lock that was known to malfunction.
"The weapons were all unloaded and registered as required by applicable laws," the release states.
There were no signs that the suspect or suspects had entered or tried to enter the home, according to police.
Footage from surveillance systems of neighboring homes showed a possible vehicle connected to the burglary in the area of the resident's home shortly before 4:30 a.m., police said.
"The rear door on the driver's side was left open as (the vehicle) drove away from the home, as if being prevented from closing by something sticking out," the release states.
The resident told investigators that the vehicle looked too small to transport all the cabinets. It's possible multiple cars were used in the burglary or that one vehicle made multiple trips, police said.
Anyone with information about the burglary 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.