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Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


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Police Arrest Three Teenagers for Attempted Residential Burglary
Contact : Marianna Villaescusa, Agent, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA -- Police arrested three teens for attempted residential burglary and conspiracy after an alert resident called 9-1-1 after seeing two of them lurking in a neighbor's yard.

On Sunday, March 16, 2014, at about 7:50 p.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a 9-1-1 call from a resident in the 1200 block of Lincoln Avenue reporting suspicious circumstances.  The caller said they had seen two males hiding in the front yard of a neighbor’s residence.  Officers checked the residence, and found that no one was home.  There were no signs of forced entry. The suspects were gone.  The original caller had video surveillance footage, which they provided to the officers.  The video showed two male suspects in the front yard of the neighbor’s home, behind a front gate.

Officers checked the neighborhood for the two suspects, and located them at about 8:15 p.m. in the 1200 block of Hamilton Avenue.  Officers detained them for investigation.

A short time later, the homeowner of the house where the suspects had been seen returned home.  That homeowner also had video surveillance at their house, and reviewed it with officers.  The video showed three suspects had actually been at the residence.  The third suspect, who at the time was unidentified, hopped over a gate on the property from the sidewalk, and let the other two suspects inside.  The video showed the third suspect was in possession of a crowbar.  One of the suspects, later identified as 18-year-old Rigoberto Lopez-Lugos of East Palo Alto, was then seen walking towards the front door of the home.  At that time, the other two suspects returned to the sidewalk, possibly to act as lookouts.  All of the suspects left once they noticed the original caller had seen them.

Police booked Lopez-Lugos into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for attempted residential burglary and conspiracy, both of which are felony charges.  A booking photo of Lopez-Lugos is attached to this release.  Police arrested the second suspect, a 15-year-old male juvenile from Sunnyvale, for the same charges and released him to the custody of a parent as is customary in such cases.

Through follow-up investigation, officers were able to identify the third suspect as a 17-year-old male juvenile from Sunnyvale.  On March 17, 2014, officers went to his home and arrested him for the same two charges, and also a single misdemeanor count of possession of burglary tools (the crowbar).  Police released him to the custody of a parent.

The Palo Alto Police Department does not release booking photographs of juveniles, nor do we identify them by name.  No additional information on the two arrested juveniles is available for release.

"The alert neighbor who called 9-1-1 did a great job," said Lieutenant Zach Perron.  “They saw behavior that struck them as suspicious, and they immediately called us so we could investigate.  That is exactly what we want people to do: trust their instincts and give us a call if something seems suspicious.”

Detectives are currently investigating to see if these three suspects may be tied to any other residential burglaries or attempts in Palo Alto or surrounding communities.  Anyone with information about this incident or these suspects can contact our 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413.  Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.