Police Investigating Overnight Burglary of Unoccupied Home

Published on September 20, 2022

Palo Alto, CA Police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect captured on a security camera who broke into an unoccupied home along with two other men after 2:00 a.m. on Sunday morning.

On Sunday, September 18, 2022, at about 2:30 a.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a call from a resident in the 600 block of Lowell Avenue reporting suspicious circumstances.  The caller reported hearing an audible alarm, and upon looking outside, saw three suspects run to a parked car, which then drove off at a high rate of speed.  Officers arrived on scene about two minutes later and determined that a nearby home (also in the 600 block of Lowell Avenue) had been burglarized.  No one was home at the time.

The investigation revealed that the unknown suspects had kicked open a side yard door to enter the home.  Once inside, they ransacked a few drawers before the burglar alarm apparently scared them off.  The suspects ran out the front door to a dark sedan, which then sped off eastbound on Lowell Avenue.

The owner of the home, a woman in her eighties, later provided police with footage from the security camera at the front door.  That camera showed an unknown male suspect coming to the front door at about 10:48 p.m. on September 17.  Police believe he was casing the house at the time, and then returned with accomplices to break in overnight.  The camera also showed at least three suspects running out the front door at 2:13 a.m.  A surveillance still image of the casing suspect appears above.  The victim did not find any property missing from her home.

The suspects all appeared to be male, and all were wearing black hooded sweatshirts.  The only description available of the vehicle in which they fled was that it was a dark sedan.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call our 24-hour dispatch center at (650) 329-2413.  Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to paloalto@tipnow.org or sent via text message or voice mail to (650) 383-8984.

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