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Woman loses car to burglar while she was asleep at home

Original post made on Dec 12, 2021

Palo Alto police are investigating an occupied home burglary that occurred on Thursday morning, when a woman woke up to find her car missing from her driveway.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, December 12, 2021, 8:28 AM

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Posted by Samuel L.
a resident of Meadow Park
on Dec 12, 2021 at 5:39 pm

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Who wrote this headline? Is it no longer politically correct to say that something was stolen? She didn't "lose" her car. Someone stole her car while she was home and it appears they also broke into her house. Or as the headline writer might say, she "failed to invite an unknown person into her home".

Posted by Jennifer
a resident of another community
on Dec 12, 2021 at 6:42 pm

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Headlines are written to get your attention, including the most disinterested reader. You don't have to be a journalist to understand this.

She did "lose" her car. She's no longer in possession. There is more than one definition. You can lose your appetite, report your losses, etc. That doesn't mean you left your appetite at a friend's house, nor does it mean you misplaced your items during a burglary.

Isn't the English language fun.

Posted by felix
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 12, 2021 at 8:12 pm

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First commenter made me laugh.
I also agree with them.

Posted by RV a PA resident
a resident of Green Acres
on Dec 13, 2021 at 11:11 am

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The headline is so ridiculous! Are they blaming the owner? Is it because of her age or because she is a woman or both?

Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Dec 13, 2021 at 12:11 pm

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The headline makes me want to send the woman a sympathy card.

Posted by Lynne Henderson
a resident of Mountain View
on Dec 13, 2021 at 1:04 pm

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Agree--lousy headline. The e-version at least says "Burglar *Takes* woman's car while she is at home", but click and you get "loses". Plus it is obvious the burglar was inside her home. That is terrifying. May they nail this creep before he/she wreaks more havoc.

The burglar who beat, raped, and robbed me in what was my *locked,* secure, home also stole my car. That's how the creep was caught--with my car. But he'd been wreaking havoc in Menlo Park, Palo Alto, and East Palo Alto for some time. "We" got him, and he was sent away for a long time. Guess I was lucky.

To the woman who suffered such a frightening intrusion, it isn't your fault. Hope you are getting much love and support.

Posted by We Are The People
a resident of Menlo Park
on Dec 13, 2021 at 1:53 pm

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Since we are sharing thoughts, which the Reporter made appear, an Unusual happening. Regarding the "Thief of Car"?
My first thoughts were that, because She decided to (Sleep) was the reason that Someone saw an opportunity to "pilfer" the LONE Car, because she was the ONLY One Who dared to Sleep, at 3:30am? And because She had the "Nerve" to decided to (sleep at home) This caused her Car to be decidedly removed.
The Auto, just didn't belong there? Then came the Clincher. The Female made a crime of opportunity (easy for the Burglar) and She turned Him into a Car Thief? (He may have felt "Entitled"?) By allowing the doors to be left unlocked?
It wouldn't have been Surprising if he had fixed Their-selves something to Eat?
Tucked her blanket closer and left a "mint" on her pillow.

I can relate to the Reporter (somewhat)? Because One of my Comments here was actually used in a Court Case ;-)

Posted by Green Gables
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Dec 13, 2021 at 5:45 pm

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Palo Alto is not as safe as it use to be 40-50 years ago when almost everyone left their house unlocked. Cars are no longer safe parked in the driveways; park them in the garage. Get rid of the junk in your garage so that you can park in the garage. Do not leave the keys in your car. I learned that when another resident parked their car in the garage AND left their keys in the car. Thieves are pigs. What can we expect?

Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Dec 13, 2021 at 6:10 pm

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Elsewhere it was called "An Occupied Home Invasion Burglary" and more serous than a lost & found report.
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Crime is becoming more brazen. We need good serious coverage that's readily available.

Posted by ndn
a resident of Downtown North
on Dec 13, 2021 at 8:11 pm

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Crime has always been brazen throughout the times. In the Bay Area population density increased. Therefore just as there are more people in the Bay area there are more burglaries, more crimes.
In the meanwhile please lock your doors, lock your cars . Help yourself by making it more difficult for criminals to think of you as "a good mark".
In time I hope the victim recovers her sense of security difficult as it maybe and also her possessions and that the burglar be apprehended.

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