The City of Palo Alto
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Palo Alto, CA 94301
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Daytime Residential Burglar Sought After Waking Sleeping Resident
Zach Perron, Lieutenant, Police Department 650-329-2413
Alto, CA -- A burglar rummaging through a house
during the day earlier this week was scared away when he walked into a bedroom
and discovered he had awakened a sleeping resident. The suspect fled in a vehicle and remains at
Monday, January 20, 2014, at about 12:09 p.m., our 24-hour dispatch center
received a call reporting that a burglary had occurred about 30 minutes
beforehand at a residence in the 900 block of El Cajon Way.
investigation revealed that the victim, a man in his thirties, had been
awakened by an unknown male suspect who had walked into his bedroom. They made eye contact, and the suspect
immediately fled. The victim got out of
bed to see a vehicle "peel out" from in front of the home. The victim lives with five other people, and
initially assumed the suspect may have been a guest of one of his
roommates. After he noticed that drawers
in other rooms had been left open and things had been rummaged through, he
realized the suspect had actually been a burglar and called the police.
suspect likely entered the home through an unlocked sliding screen door in the
backyard, after gaining entry to the backyard via an unlocked side yard
gate. It is not yet known what, if any,
property was stolen during the burglary.
victim described the suspect as a Hispanic male, about 20 years old, with a
medium build and short black hair. He
had no facial hair, and he was wearing dark clothes. It is possible that the victim may be able to
meet with a police sketch artist; if a sketch is produced, it will be released
as soon as it becomes available. The
victim described the suspect vehicle as a small silver SUV manufactured within
the past five years, but could not discern the make or model.
other residential burglaries occurred in Palo Alto that day. Detectives are investigating this incident to
see if it could be related to any other residential burglaries that have
occurred in Palo Alto or surrounding communities. Detectives do not believe that this case is
related to the daytime home-invasion robbery that occurred this morning on the
400 block of Palo Alto Avenue.
case highlights a common operating style of residential burglars. Burglars will often ring the doorbell, posing
as a solicitor or supposedly looking for someone who does not live there, to
see if anyone is home. In many cases,
burglars then gain access to the rear yard after finding an unlocked side yard
gate. Once in the privacy of a backyard,
they are free to break into the home unnoticed by passersby. Residents are encouraged to speak through
their doors to ask who is calling, or otherwise acknowledge in some manner that
someone is home. In this particular
case, since the victim was asleep, it is unknown if this suspect rang the
encourage you to always close and lock doors and windows whenever you are out,
and to lock side yard gates. If meter
readers need to access your utility meter behind a locked gate, you can call
Palo Alto Utilities Customer Service at 650-329-2161 to discuss options.
Palo Alto Police Department's website has a section on crime prevention
tips. It can be accessed at www.cityofpaloalto.org/StopCrime.
There are pages on home security, recognizing suspicious behavior, and
Anyone who may have information about this case is
asked to call our 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to email@example.com or sent via text message or voice mail to