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Palo Alto woman finds burglar in walk-in closet

Original post made on Feb 12, 2009

A Palo Alto woman discovered a burglar hiding in her walk-in closet at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday night, about 15 minutes after she had arrived home from shopping, Palo Alto Police Agent Rich Bullerjahn said.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, February 12, 2009, 9:17 AM

Comments (18)

Posted by Resident
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Feb 12, 2009 at 9:49 am

This story would be more helpful if it included the location...

Posted by GM Eichlerista
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Feb 12, 2009 at 10:11 am

Well, it was a walk-in closet. Nothing like that in Eichlers.
So not likely it was my neighborhood. But yes, it would be good to know the approximate area of the crime.

Posted by Jared Bernstein
a resident of Professorville
on Feb 12, 2009 at 10:16 am

Some indication of the location would be good.

Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 12, 2009 at 10:24 am

I have heard of skeletons in the closet but ...


Posted by ca girl
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 12, 2009 at 10:32 am

It would also be nice to know if the doors and windows were locked and how the break in occurred in the first place.

This is another wake up call to keep ALL doors and windows locked when you are not at home.

Posted by YouShouldKnow
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Feb 12, 2009 at 10:32 am

My moms in an Eichler from the 70's. They have small
walk in closets in the master bedroom.

WHERE did this happen???

Posted by moi
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Feb 12, 2009 at 10:43 am

if menlo park and atherton were called in, it sounds like it was north palo alto...downtown etc.

Posted by Sue
a resident of Barron Park
on Feb 12, 2009 at 10:45 am


Posted by Kate
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 12, 2009 at 10:52 am

It sounds like it was near the San Francisquito Creek - maybe near the Chaucer Street Bridge which is a quick connection to Menlo Park - near Woodland. So that is why the Menlo Park and Atheron PD's were involved. None of the 'Barrett and Hilp' homes have walk-in closets unless remodeled.

Posted by Palo Altan
a resident of Green Acres
on Feb 12, 2009 at 12:51 pm

According to, 500 block of Everett Avenue is approx. between Cowper and Webster Sts. in north of downtown neighborhood.

Posted by Um
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Feb 12, 2009 at 1:52 pm

MP and Atherton PD help was due to having available K9s, not due to location of crime. There is local, reciprocal help of dept. K9s when needed and when there are enough officers on patrol in their own towns to allow an officer leaving for another city.

Posted by Jake
a resident of another community
on Feb 12, 2009 at 3:28 pm

Did I miss something? I thought I read the "500 block of Everett Ave"
without giving the exact address of the crime I think it's much better than saying "downtown Palo Alto"

Posted by annoyed
a resident of another community
on Feb 12, 2009 at 9:07 pm

Good job Jake. At least one of you can read. Pay attention people before you critisize.

Posted by Mom
a resident of Duveneck School
on Feb 12, 2009 at 10:01 pm

Yeah, there were too many irresponsible speed readers here. I caught the "500 Everett" when I read it and then scrolled down to this nightmare of people asking the location.

Posted by qq
a resident of Barron Park
on Feb 12, 2009 at 10:15 pm

The confusion over the location is from the story first posting without the location. The story was updated later with the location. Since the updates are not shown as such, it makes the earlier posts look out of context.


Posted by Mofro
a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 13, 2009 at 9:00 am

I'm just glad to see the burglar finally came out of the closet.

Posted by chuck
a resident of another community
on Feb 13, 2009 at 2:38 pm

The "500 BLK of Everett" part was not in the inital story that was posted at 9:17am. It was added in the update that was posted at 12:31pm. So everyone needs to chill out and read more carefully and not be so quick to judge.

Posted by resident
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 13, 2009 at 8:12 pm

5,'3 no wonder he was in the closet, he probably was really scared. He needs counseling.

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