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Trio steals drugs from Safeway pharmacy in Palo Alto

Original post made on Jan 10, 2020

Three people stole drugs from the Safeway grocery store pharmacy in an armed robbery in Palo Alto’s Midtown neighborhood early Friday morning, according to police.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, January 10, 2020, 7:35 AM

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 10, 2020 at 7:49 am

Drugs? I have heard they have been hit for alcohol before, but drugs from the pharmacy is unusual, I would imagine.


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Posted by Butch Cassidy
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 10, 2020 at 8:14 am

Two days ago Wednesday three younger girls ,teenagers, the pharmacist told me .
loaded up on cough syrup and other items in the middle of the afternoon and ran out of the store when confronted ,she said this happens quite often They have no security maybe the word got around


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Posted by Family Friendly
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 10, 2020 at 8:24 am

@Resident: Various over-the-counter medicines are used as chemical precursors to illegal street drugs.


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Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 10, 2020 at 8:51 am

I regularly read about robberies of pharmacies around the USA. Addicts get desperate. I hope these stores are wising up and installing high definition security cameras.


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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jan 10, 2020 at 12:21 pm

Outrageous! Opportunistic criminals ever more emboldened in California since our laws and enforcement are currently so lax. Let’s hope none of us are run down by their getaway vehicles, either. As to the business’ loss, btw: shrug.
I don’t blame the police, of course.
But where are our elected and appointed public officials!?
The current crime waves are owing to extreme liberal state politicians with misplaced attention. Instead of prioritizing creating a safe environment, they invite in criminal activity. Illegal immigrants are prioritized over legal state residents and citizens at every turn. I don’t know the current status no cash bail, but bail is a way to keep the public briefly safe.
Now Governor Newsom wants to give “free” healthcare to illegals over age 65. What a sweet way to invite in millions more (with whatever pre-existing medical conditions) at taxpayer expense! Where does it end?
My state income taxes should not go towards that.
Newsom’s current wife is a billionaire heiress, so he’s not affected like middle, middle high income taxpayers w/o loopholes and LLCs of billionaires.
Home owners, vehicle owners, working people are just supposed to accept being victimized by criminals. We are affected by having our personal security at extreme risk, insurance costs affected, loss or damage to,property, no particular interest from our government.


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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jan 10, 2020 at 12:35 pm

Clarification: as to the business’ loss, btw: shrug (*is the attitude of our current government leaders)

I care.


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Posted by See Sth Say Sth
a resident of College Terrace
on Jan 10, 2020 at 1:16 pm

75% of crimes were committed by high school dropouts. Led astray by the prestigious progressive educationists, our public schools have deprived countless children of their future. Adults keep ignorant, or keep silent, at the anti-intellecualism takeover of America K-12 education. Therefore, all will have to swallow the bitterness of a dysfunctional K-12 education system.

The Stanford GSE faculty have been at the helm of pursuing, promoting, and implementing destructive reform math in California and across the nation. NCTE guidelines lure teachers into effortless, "child-centered" ELA teaching. Anti-intellectualism originating from Stanford's GSE and other education schools have hijacked American K-12 education. In response to declining test scores, PAUSD is hiring the most destructive educators to "reimagine" its middle school math. What a dark age for U.S. public education! What a tragedy for the disadvantaged kids who rely exclusively on school education!

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Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jan 10, 2020 at 1:23 pm

Too bad Civics and American Government are no longer required,

Maximart was robbed 3 or 4 times in the last few years, with the thieves driving a vehicle through the doors.


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Posted by Humanity First
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 10, 2020 at 2:04 pm

The divide between the rich and poor is getting to the tipping point. We will see more and more young people resorting to illegal activities to make ends meet - and/or to fees their self-numbing addictions to drugs, alcohol, pot, etc.


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Posted by wander3r
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 10, 2020 at 2:30 pm

Sorry, @Humanity First, but I’m not buying it. I’m poor, below the poverty line poor, and I know others like me and not one of them resorts to this kind of behavior. This is about being unwilling to do what it takes to work at jobs they might not want to do or that don’t pay what they want them to pay. This is not about being able to survive. Feeding a habit, maybe, but not “making ends meet.” Hooey.


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Posted by George
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 11, 2020 at 9:35 am

Terrible. Fully agree that the causes trace to liberal politicians and sanctuary mindset. People have been led to believe that authority isn't going to punish them. Stealing is protected activity.
On the one hand, a governor who continues to add more entitlements to the tax burden and a liberal left determined to open the prisons, ignore crime, and compromise the efforts of law enforcement. Knowing the cops won't come emboldens criminals.
It's a situation long in the making and now increasingly evident. California's left wing is transforming The Golden State to a third world disaster. However one feels about helping others in need, being here illegally is a crime. Renaming the crime as 'undocumented' so as not to offend and offering sanctuary from enforcement makes no sense and, as we see, is dangerous. Theft is allowed for anything under $950 ( prop 47 reduced penalties to a misdemeanor) - a gift from the woke that now adds a bit of terror to life in Palo Alto. Police cannot be blamed in an environment that hardly punishes and quickly makes excuses for it offenders.
A compassionate society requires adherence to law and minimum standards of civility. A society that has becomes too tolerant in the name of enlightened progress, declines and it's people go elsewhere.


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Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 11, 2020 at 9:50 am

The attacks on "sanctuary city" is foolish. Even if we shut down illegal immigration to a minor trickle we would still need those laws to protect innocent people that do not have explicit protection under our laws and thus are free to be exploited or have crimes committed against them. What about this is so hard to understand for Republicans? As Rick Scott said today in the Guardian about Republicans, sometimes you have to lie to make a point ... but now Republicans lie and exaggerate on everything.

Like the myth that Democrats want open borders, or in the case of a few days ago the Republican who said Democrats love terrorists. They just keep pushing more absurd talk until finally it becomes obvious they themselves do not even believe what they are saying. At that point comes the impulsive military action. At least taking our Suleimani was on the list of things that really needed to be done .. but why on the week that the impeachment articles were thought to be submitted?

I am for drastically curtailing immigration and I am Left leaning Liberal who also agrees with Sanctary City concept, though it does have problems ... LIKE ALL OUR HUMAN and CORPORATE WRITTEN LAWS.


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Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 11, 2020 at 9:55 am

> 75% of crimes were committed by high school dropouts.

Of course, who else would be blamed for all the crime but people who get caught - as well they should be. They are not smart enough to fit in and join the coalition of the professional money gamers who for example can buy a drug company and raise the prices of an already existing drug 15000%. Add up all this petty crime and senseless street violence people want to focus on here is a distraction, and still cannot compare to the kind of ripoffs people are subject to from the corruption and rigging of the system.


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Posted by HELP OTHERS, OK?
a resident of Professorville
on Jan 11, 2020 at 10:28 am

I've noticed that highly sought after items in Mtn. View Walmart have a locked glass case to prevent theft. Items include makeup, deodorant (for some reason), as well as other personal care merchandise.

Perhaps this is a method our beloved Midtown Safeway can use. Cover all prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicine with a locked glass case. Therefore, requires customers to find a worker to request the case to be unlocked before purchasing.


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Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 11, 2020 at 3:27 pm

> Opportunistic criminals ever more emboldened in California since our laws and enforcement are currently so lax.

What kind of nonsense is this? What lax law do we have that goes easy on armed robbery?

Every time I hear a comment like this I think of the never-ending troll comments of how Democratic rule has ruined the state, but when you go back to Republican rule you see the same kind of problems with decline, just as steep or even steeper during Reagan, Schwarzenegger. The trend has not been a Democratic or Liberal trend, it has been a cynical dishonest trend due to money in politics, form the City level, to the State level to the Federal Level.

Somehow this kind of repetition seems to have an effect, and that is our media seems to care about today ... use whatever tricks of words or media to affect people's perceptions. We do not have lax laws. Armed robbery is a serious offense, and when these criminals are caught they will be severely punished.


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Posted by JR
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jan 11, 2020 at 4:11 pm

I hope these criminals are brought to justice, but we need to look at the bigger picture. Why are miscreants from all over the Bay Area (and from all the country, in the case of the previous Safeway shooting perpetrated by a Nevada resident) coming to Palo Alto to commit crimes? We need to figure it out and put a stop to it. PA is quickly becoming a must-visit destination for criminals. WHY?


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Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jan 11, 2020 at 6:14 pm

"PA is quickly becoming a must-visit destination for criminals. WHY?"

The Willie Sutton factor?


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Posted by Kieran
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 12, 2020 at 5:36 am

Help Others, OK? Said:
“ I've noticed that highly sought after items in Mtn. View Walmart have a locked glass case to prevent theft. Items include makeup, deodorant (for some reason), as well as other personal care merchandise.

Perhaps this is a method our beloved Midtown Safeway can use. Cover all prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicine with a locked glass case. Therefore, requires customers to find a worker to request the case to be unlocked before purchasing.”

Ummm.. these folks came in late at night long after the pharmacy was closed, with a gun, broke the window in the door to the pharmacy to get into a locked area, and stole prescription drugs that were locked up inside the pharmacy. The problem was not items grabbed off a shelf, but people breaking into a supposedly secure area where the ‘highly sought after items” were ostensibly safe.
*MOST* pharmacies have locking cases for the expensive items frequently shoplifted, but that’s not going to defeat an armed robber willing to break open doors and cases.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 12, 2020 at 5:54 am

LMAO leave it to CPA to tie this to how the killing of Soleimani is somehow bad because it distracted from the circle-jerking anti-Trump fabricated impeachment narrative... give me a break. The mainstream media is a JOKE and only getting worse.

At least we agree he needed to be taken out...

Now on topic... I do see a lot of anti-police propaganda which seems unfair to the cops. Sure there are some bad apples but similar to people in the military, they're doing a job a lot of us wouldn't be able to handle, their lives suck because of it (I am sure being a police officer is a very difficult and arduous life) and I was always irritated by insulated Leftists and media talking heads spewing anti-police propaganda from their safe sheltered zones. There was even a columnist here on PAO who wrote an entire article condemnding Palo Alto's own police. Then we have this. Go figure.


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Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 13, 2020 at 4:04 am

Resdient of Midtown
>> At least we agree he needed to be taken out...

Yeah, so stifle and quit the personal attacks. Stick to the point. I did not attempt to tie Suleimani to this issue, I attempted to and succeeded in taking apart George's politicalization of this issue as caused by Liberals. And what does the mainstream media, joke or not to you have to do with this? These inane comment do not get removed by PAO so they deserve a rebuttal by someone. A significant percentage of comments here have something to that affect and it is nonsense. Robbers are not Liberals.

Before my post was George's who politicized it ... why did you say nothing about that? Partisan a little?


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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 13, 2020 at 12:34 pm

Posted by George, a resident of Old Palo Alto

>> Theft is allowed for anything under $950 ( prop 47 reduced penalties to a misdemeanor)

I'm not sure why you think that misdemeanors are not serious crimes. You seem to have misdemeanors mixed up with "infractions". They have stopped locking people up felony theft for ten years (yes, it did happen) for what is now petty theft. I'm happy about that. But, do you *seriously* think that 6-11 months in county jail for a repeat offender is no big deal? Would you like to be locked up for 364 days in county jail? Didn't think so. Look up "misdemeanor" and "infraction". Web Link


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Posted by Crime & Punishment
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 14, 2020 at 3:19 pm

>>Why are miscreants from all over the Bay Area (and from all the country, in the case of the previous Safeway shooting perpetrated by a Nevada resident) coming to Palo Alto to commit crimes? We need to figure it out and put a stop to it. PA is quickly becoming a must-visit destination for criminals. WHY?

^^^ Because Palo Alto is a convenient resource for retail store theft, automobile break-ins, occasional street assaults/robbery, residential burglaries and homelessness related blight.

In other words, its modern-day perceived affluence & somewhat relaxed suburban environment attracts various 'out-of-towners' seeking refuge and/or opportunities to commit various crimes to subsist in an expensive environment...or to take their stolen goods back to the poorer neighborhoods where they came from in order to sell their booty at bargain prices. It is an underground economy of sorts.

Stanford Shopping Center & downtown PA are meccas for retail & automobile-related thefts + the sizable number of affluent 9and non-confrontational residents & shoppers carrying expensive cell phones & small computers attract those supporting various 'habits' where procuring quick cash is a daily necessity.

(1) The best case scenario is to lock-up all of the mentally ill and/or substance abuse related homeless individuals via state mandated conservatorships and to offer youthful offenders over 18 the choice of either going into the armed services or enduring an extended stay in county jail where they can eat lousy food & watch TV all day.

(2) Since the military doesn't want people over 26, repeat offenders over that age could be sent to some remote CA area/county where they can perform cheap manual labor to offset the expenses of their incarceration and stimulate the state economy by doing something useful (i.e. digging ditches, performing manual roadwork, picking up litter along roadways, or working in state-approved manufacturing sites producing cheap consumer goods etc.

Then we would be less reliant on China & far more self-sufficient.

Gavin Newsome's idea of each CA city providing shelter for the homeless is ludicrous as the more affluent cities/towns will not go for such nonsense.

Besides, there are TWO types of homeless...the economically displaced (who may have lost a job, been evicted due to rent increases & can be helped) AND the derelict ones (mentally ill/substance abusers) who need to be put away.

Homelessness & local crime has gotten out of hand because we allow certain types of individuals to run free & these people repeatedly arrested/convicted for various violent crimes or diagnosed as non-rehabbed substance abusers or mentally ill should simply be put away for good.

That is the only way to ensure a safe and livable society.


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