News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 0930201402
Subject :

Residential Burglaries on the Rise in South End of Palo Alto
Contact : Brian Philip, Detective Sergeant, Police    650-329-2413
Residential Burglary Suspect Sketch
There have been 15 residential burglaries reported to the Palo Alto Police Department in the month of September, a recent increase that appears to be happening in the south end of Palo Alto.  Police are urging the public to take normal precautions to protect their property, and police continue to implement a multi-faceted suppression plan to slow the burglary increase.  This response includes targeted patrols, comprehensive investigations, probation compliance checks, and community outreach.

Throughout the first nine months of 2014, there have been 98 residential burglaries.  This number is lower than the total for 2013 year-to-date, which consisted of 108 cases.  Although the overall number is lower, activity has increased in residential neighborhoods located in the southern part of town.

Detectives were able to develop a sketch of a suspect seen leaving the scene of a residential burglary that occurred on September 24 on the 3000 block of Cowper Street.  The burglary occurred between 11:45 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.  In this case, the suspect removed a screen from an open and unlocked bathroom window and entered the house.  While inside, he ransacked the residence and stole jewelry, cash and small electronic items.  After the burglary, a witness saw him walk away from the house and enter a tan sedan that was parked nearby.  A police sketch of that suspect is attached to this release.  It is unknown if this suspect may be responsible for some of the other recent burglaries as well.

Burglars appear to be targeting homes in specific areas of Palo Alto.  Recent cases have occurred on streets such as Cowper Street, Greer Road, Louis Road, Webster Street and others in or around the 3000 to 3500 blocks.

We encourage people to call 9-1-1 to report suspicious behavior, and allow the police to investigate if that behavior is innocent or criminal.  It is always better to call and let the police do their job, rather than rationalize suspicious behavior and not call.

Anyone with information about these burglaries is asked to call 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.  Tips can also be submitted anonymously through our free mobile app, downloadable at or