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Burglars strike occupied home in Palo Alto's Barron Park neighborhood

Original post made on Oct 28, 2019

Burglars smashed through a glass door and entered an occupied Palo Alto home on Saturday, awakening a couple and stealing personal belongings and cash, Palo Alto police said today in a press release.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, October 28, 2019, 12:03 PM

Comments (10)

Posted by scary
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 28, 2019 at 12:49 pm

Scary that burglars are so bold. I hope some neighbors have cameras pointed at the street that can help catch these perps.

Posted by Mayfield Child
a resident of Green Acres
on Oct 28, 2019 at 3:23 pm

I used to own a very very small doberman... I never had any problems...she was very sweet tempered and only barked when someone came to the door~Better than a door bell...I would go to the door and tell her "thank you, enough!" and she would casually walk away.... Great deterrent. With the reputation of Palo Alto being the center of all the milk and honey in California, you can't believe that you may not be next to suffer a loss or confrontation with unsavy persons...

Posted by Old Joe
a resident of Barron Park
on Oct 28, 2019 at 5:31 pm

Wish they’d rob our house. We’re so poor the joke would be on them. Nothing worth taking here.

+1 on the dog comment ^^
All our neighbors have been robbed, but we never have. I believe it’s the dogs... or that we’re obviously poor.

Posted by Miriam Palm
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 29, 2019 at 11:09 am

Miriam Palm is a registered user.

40 years ago we lived on Parkinson Ave. A burglar worked the entire length of that four-block street, and nearly everyone was robbed - except us. We had two German shepherds inside and no one bothered us. Dogs are a great deterrent.

Posted by Know the law
a resident of Barron Park
on Oct 29, 2019 at 11:38 am

Apparently, a lot of criminals believe that all Palo Altan's are unarmed. The Castle Doctrine (CA Penal Code Section 198.5) allows the use of deadly force by a homeowner if someone forces or breaks their way into their house unlawfully. The homeowner must fear imminent death or great bodily injury towards themselves or their family in order to justify deadly force. It would likely be the case that a senior couple would fear for their lives when encountering this trio.

Posted by @Old Joe
a resident of Barron Park
on Oct 29, 2019 at 11:41 am

A home owner in Palo Alto but you say your poor. ?? Smh smh smh

Posted by Shawn
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 29, 2019 at 11:43 am

Thats the reason i have two dogs and two guns ready.

Posted by Thomas
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Oct 29, 2019 at 4:58 pm

There is a new demographic population now and they are bold as hell, they are somewhat controlled at the moment. This issue is only an example of things to come some of the invaders work right in the area on peoples homes or in their homes. when desperate times hit, be prepared.

Posted by Steve
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Oct 29, 2019 at 8:35 pm

These thieves know that there is next to zero chance that a Palo Alto resident will have the means to defend themselves or their property so why not rob them when they’re home?
There are many communities around the country where thieves such as this would receive the terminal case of high speed lead poisoning they deserved within a minute at most of breaking into an occupied home.

Posted by Kenny
a resident of University South
on Oct 30, 2019 at 8:03 pm

Here ya go, insta-dog: Web Link

These motion activated lightbulbs might also help: Web Link

Better yet, install a regular outdoor motion activated light.

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