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News - January 28, 2022

Police suspect Chilean gang members are tied to string of home burglaries

Atherton homeowners share story after burglars cause $1 million in damage

by Angela Swartz

In the town of Atherton last year, 28 families' homes were burglarized, and police are suspecting the culprits could be Chilean gang members operating out of southern California.

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Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 28, 2022 at 11:16 am

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Chilean gangs? Southern California?

Is this to try and spread the blame away from Bay Area locations? Are we no longer blaming home grown criminal gangs?

Crime appears to be at very high levels all over the Bay Area. From car thefts and breakins for valuables as well as parts, to break in smash and grabs at drugstores and high end stores as well as delivery porch pirates, it is obvious that everyone and everywhere is being targeted. Trying to explain it away by Chilean gangs from SoCal doesn't make it any less worrying.

Posted by Optimist Pessimist Realist
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jan 28, 2022 at 11:32 am

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Bystander, just Google Southern California Chilean Gang Burglaries and you’ll see lots of news stories. It makes sense they’d move up the coast and target other wealthy areas.

Posted by Mondoman
a resident of Green Acres
on Jan 29, 2022 at 4:36 am

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This story also indirectly reinforces the benefit of having a modern leak/flooding detection system in place.

Posted by Jennifer
a resident of another community
on Jan 29, 2022 at 8:01 am

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A burglar could be anyone. Chilean gang members are burglarizing in Southern CA, Canada, UK and Australia. They're here on visas. They're wreaking havoc, and I understand why LE might suspect them. Atherton is the wealthiest zip code in America., and the internet is a little too easy when it comes to sharing information.

Posted by Anne
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 1, 2022 at 12:27 pm

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South American burglars are a thing.

Wapo had a good story on it:

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