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


Subject :

Resident Interrupts Attempted Burglary, Suspects at Large
Contact : Brian Philip, Detective Sergeant, Police Department    650-329-2413
Three men attempted to break into a home Wednesday morning, but were frightened away when seen by a resident inside.

On Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at about 6:00 a.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a call from a woman in the 1500 block of Channing Avenue reporting that three men had just attempted to break into her home and then fled on foot.  Officers immediately responded to the area and, with the help of a police canine, conducted a search of the area.  Police did not locate the suspects. 

The investigation revealed that the victim, a woman in her seventies, was awakened by noises in the yard of her home.  When she went to investigate, she came face-to-face with a man standing outside of her open kitchen window at the front of her house.  Upon seeing her, the man ran away.  At that time, two other men ran out of her side yard.  The suspects had removed the screen from the unlocked kitchen window and opened it, but had not made entry into the home.

The victim described the suspect at her window as a Hispanic male in his late teens or early twenties with a stocky build, wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt.  She described the other two suspects as Hispanic males in their late teens or early twenties, wearing light-colored clothing.  Police do not anticipate that a sketch will be forthcoming. 

Police recommend that residents lock and secure all doors and windows overnight.  For a list of other crime prevention tips, visit our website at

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call our 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413.  Anonymous tips can be emailed to or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.  Tips may also be submitted anonymously through our free mobile app, downloadable at or