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Police arrest 2 for auto burglaries after brief chase leads officers to car carrying children

Original post made on Nov 25, 2019

A man and a woman were arrested in connection with a series of car burglaries at a Palo Alto parking lot, the latest one taking place on Thursday when officers found one of them in a car carrying two children and a pistol, police said.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, November 25, 2019, 3:37 PM

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7 people like this
Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown North
on Nov 25, 2019 at 3:45 pm

If you do a Google search for "450 Lytton", you will see numerous reports of thefts and other crimes. Does that building have surveillance cameras? Can they do more to deter crime? I'm glad that the police are doing something, but the property owner needs to do more to protect the employees and customers of the businesses at that address.


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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Nov 25, 2019 at 4:02 pm

^ Lytton/Kipling, behind 7-11, Public Parking Lot "T", surface lot, not a building.
At least our Apple Store on University is being monitored more closely.
Nobody yet has broken into the PAPD vehicle often parked out front on the curb.


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Posted by zap
a resident of another community
on Nov 25, 2019 at 4:09 pm

So far Walmart is doing more with their goofy light trailers and cameras in their parking lot than Palo Alto is in that lot that has been nearly pitch black at night for 30+ years. But hey, those old street lights that flooded the streets in a sickly yellow hue have been replaced by bright, white led light--
directly underneath the light posts.


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Posted by Yikes!
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 25, 2019 at 5:12 pm

I'm most concerned about the fact that one of the perps had her two toddlers in the vehicle. I'm so glad that the PAPD (unlike the SFPD) actually follows up on "property crimes" which, as in this case, can lead to discovery of even more serious offenses.


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Posted by Concerned
a resident of Barron Park
on Nov 25, 2019 at 5:57 pm

Where do the couple at this young age and the children go from here! Alternatively, they could have gone and signed up with Amazon (or similar) that is hiring in Bay Area for warehouse duties. I am sure they could have made more money than trading stolen properties. So, the opportunities are here but the problem is lack of any motivation (or maybe guidance).


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Posted by Mikie
a resident of Crescent Park
on Nov 25, 2019 at 8:06 pm

Concerned,

Drugs tend to warp your values.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 25, 2019 at 8:08 pm

There is a case of two children being in a car and shot and killed. I am so pleased nothing similar happened here.

Gun violence often starts will guns being in the wrong place in the hands of the wrong people. The wrong place is always near children and the wrong people are always those looking after children.


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Posted by JR
a resident of Palo Verde
on Nov 26, 2019 at 8:32 am

Good work by PAPD, they are real heroes for saving those two kids. Those kids deserve to grow up in a caring environment not surrounded by drugs, crime, and loaded handguns.

One open question once again is why criminals from all over flock to Palo Alto to commit robbery, burglary, and other crimes. I speculate it's because we have a high density of out-of-town visitors who are not accustomed to local safety precautions, like not leaving valuables in cars. Local hotels should do a better job to inform their guests.


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Posted by Adam P
a resident of Barron Park
on Nov 26, 2019 at 10:42 am

Good work PAPD. Now all my Palo Alto people. Put all your belongings in the trunk of your car. Hit the little button on your key chain and get it done. It takes 2min if that. It will keep scum like this away from are neighborhood. Palo Alto has a rep for not locking its doors and leaving their things of value out in the open.


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Posted by @concerned
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Nov 26, 2019 at 10:43 am

Amazon drug tests and these waste of space dont want to work. Plain and simple.


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Posted by Nalse Farrative
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Nov 26, 2019 at 12:39 pm

"Palo Alto has a rep for not locking its doors and leaving their things of value out in the open."

With who and based on what verifiable information?


4 people like this
Posted by wander3r
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 26, 2019 at 2:49 pm

wander3r is a registered user.

Heartbreaking.

Remember to lock your valuables in the trunk before you get to a parking lot so would-be thieves don’t watch and then follow up by stealing your stuff as soon as you walk away.


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Posted by R. Ortiz
a resident of Menlo Park
on Nov 28, 2019 at 10:11 am

> One open question once again is why criminals from all over flock to Palo Alto to commit robbery, burglary, and other crimes.

^^^Perceived affluence of the PA community as a whole & its general aversion to gun ownership.

Prospective criminals have only the PAPD to contend with & the police cannot be in two places at once.

The child endangerment factor involving this incident is especially disturbing & a clear-cut example of reckless/irresponsible adult behavior on the part of the suspects.


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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Nov 28, 2019 at 11:42 am

Can our city sue all these thieves for $500,000 each?
Sure we wouldn't collect anything but might balance the headlines
and persuade others to try elsewhere in the future.
Or they can just continue laughing in our collective face.


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Posted by Worried
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 7, 2020 at 11:55 am

So are they still in custody?


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