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Armed man invades Atherton home

Original post made on Jan 30, 2012

A man armed with a gun and a knife got away with some $322,000 in jewelry and watches after invading an occupied house in the 200 block of Atherton Avenue in Atherton and confronting the residents shortly after 8 p.m. Friday (Jan. 27), police said.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, January 30, 2012, 3:41 PM

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Posted by Nayeli
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 30, 2012 at 4:16 pm

There wasn't a better description of the guy?

White? Black? Hispanic? Asian?

Even with a mask, you can typically get an idea via the eye holes, hands and neck.

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Posted by some guy
a resident of another community
on Jan 30, 2012 at 7:07 pm

The perp had a gun in one hand and a knife in the other, while grabbing people and jewelry and watches with his other hands. This guy was busier than a one-armed paper hanger.

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Posted by Old Palo Alto
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 30, 2012 at 8:28 pm

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Posted by .50 cal
a resident of another community
on Jan 31, 2012 at 1:09 am

I wouldn't waste a .50AE or SW on a common crook, leave those for bears. This guy might have bought a .380 if he came into my home. Then again, I left the bay area and kalifornia. The sheriff would probably give me a pat on the back and thank me.

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Posted by AMRW
a resident of another community
on Jan 31, 2012 at 9:25 am

Good job to the homeowners in this situation. How incredibly frightening it must be to be confronted by someone in a mask holding a knife and a gun inside your home. They kept their wits, got out of their house, and stayed safe. That they didn't give a description of the perp is completely understandable. And don't kid yourself, eye witness are notoriously inaccurate-especially when they're under stress, as these two undoubtedly were.

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Posted by mutti
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jan 31, 2012 at 10:31 am

I can't imagine someone having over $300,000 in jewelry lying around the house. The man must have opened a safe for the robber??? But then I can't imagine having that much valuable jewelry anyway. Such a waste -- spend your money on something useful, like helping others in need....

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Posted by The 1% lives in Palo Alto
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 31, 2012 at 11:05 am

Agree with mutti. Having over $300,000 in jewelry hanging around the house is obscene. Owning $300,000 in jewelry is obscene. Yuk.

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Posted by AMRW
a resident of another community
on Jan 31, 2012 at 11:15 am

Mutti and 1%
Who are you to judge these peoples jewelry owning behavior? A dozen pieces of family heirloom jewelry could easily be worth $300K. The couple is in their 60s so you can assume that their parents and grandparents are deceased, right? Maybe it's jewelry that's been passed down to them and not directly purchased. Even if it's not, quit your judging.
Judgy, judgy.

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Posted by d94306
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Jan 31, 2012 at 11:28 am

Thank you AMRW. My thoughts exactly. Let's not judge this couple's belongings. At that age, they could have easily been handed down family pieces. Also, just because they live in Atherton, doesn't mean that they purchase (if they own) their home for the incredibly inflated rates of today. There was a time when this entire area was much more affordable. Glad that they are safe. It is terribly traumatic to encounter a armed stranger in your home. I hope that they are able to get pass this soon.

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Posted by Tom
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 31, 2012 at 11:32 am

Nayeli - You may want a better description, but you're likely to get something as useful as "medium height, medium build". Interestingly, there's a ski mask but no mention of gloves. Note that the police found "a laptop computer and a model car stolen from the house" as well as "a knife and a pellet gun believed to have been used in the crime". I think the odds that (a) they found lots of fingerprints and (b) that they have fingerprints on file that match (does this sound like a first-offender?) must be pretty spectacular. Not sure the description will turn out to be entirely necessary.

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jan 31, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Some people have an interesting grasp of economics. $300,000 in jewelry? Worthless to the needy! Can't eat it, doesn't provide shelter. Not until it's sold to a person who has $300,000 in cash. Then everybody is happy and well fed for awhile, and the jewelry ends up in the possession of someone who appreciates it. Where is the obscenity? The politics of envy.

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Posted by dinist
a resident of South of Midtown
on Jan 31, 2012 at 2:05 pm

wel, police have been proven to spy on citizens exercising their constitutional ''rights''. that's not nice.

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Posted by Nayeli
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 31, 2012 at 4:43 pm

No offense, but WHO CARES if someone has $300,000 worth of jewelry?

Regardless of whether they inherited this as family heirlooms, or if it was part of a collection of antiques or if this couple earned the money that paid for it -- they had a right to own it. More power to them! There is NOTHING WRONG with owning something that others don't have.

The vile, disgusting armed intruder is the ONLY person at fault in this situation. He held a knife and gun to the man and threatened the life and limb of two individuals out of his own intrinsic GREED.

I hope that this monster is caught and prosecuted to the full extent of the law. If this couple would have shot the man, I believe that it would have been entirely justified under the circumstances.

My thoughts and prayers are with this couple. They have been violated by this monster. I know how this feels...and how the sense of security is violated simply because some guy greedily wants something that others have earned through good, honest hard work.

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Posted by Sylvia
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 31, 2012 at 5:08 pm

@Nayeli Hear! Hear!

I cannot believe people questioning this couple's right to have that much jewelry. It probably would be smarter to have had it in a safe deposit box, but the charming folks who posted on this news report earlier were questioning their right to have it at all. As if they should have sold it and given it to the Salvation Army.

I'd like to know how many things of value those commenters have recently given away.

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Posted by Mikey Grossman
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jan 31, 2012 at 7:08 pm

Big Deal.

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Posted by Nora Charles
a resident of Stanford
on Feb 14, 2012 at 4:09 am

Nora Charles is a registered user.

It is quite disturbing that some here are more concerned with citizens owning jewelry, rather than the criminals who are out to steal it.

My thoughts are with this couple, victims of a terribly traumatic crime.

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Posted by Perspective
a resident of Green Acres
on Feb 14, 2012 at 4:57 am

I am no longer stunned by the attitude of envy, blaming those "with stuff" for crimes against them.

These are the same people who would blame a woman for being gorgeous if she is hurt.

The sin of envy has gone amok...cut it out. Like I was raised to understand, I can complain I have no shoes until I see a man with no feet. Be grateful for what you have, and stop envying those who you think have more.

Poor couple, I hope they get their stuff back and the guy gets caught and punished.

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Posted by neighbor
a resident of another community
on Feb 14, 2012 at 10:00 am

"Also, just because they live in Atherton, doesn't mean that they purchase (if they own)"

Haven't been down Atherton Ave, have you? the 200 block isn't the best on the street, but............

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