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Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


Subject :

Police Seek Late-Night Burglar
Contact : Marianna Villaescusa, Agent, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA -- A burglar snuck into an occupied home overnight via an open window, rummaged around, and was scared away after a resident yelled at them.  Police did an extensive search of the area, but the suspect escaped and remains at large.

On Tuesday, May 12, 2015, at about 11:53 p.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a 9-1-1 call from a resident in the 1300 block of Hopkins Avenue reporting that she heard an unknown person inside her residence.  While on the phone with dispatch, the victim (a woman in her forties, who was alone in the home) heard the suspect try to turn the locked doorknob of her bedroom door from the hallway.  The victim yelled out, and the suspect fled.  The victim never saw the suspect, so there is no description available

Police responded to the area immediately and searched the neighborhood.  Deputies from the Stanford Department of Public Safety assisted, as did a canine unit from the East Palo Alto Police Department.  Officers were not able to locate the suspect.  The investigation revealed the suspect had gained access to the home via an open window, and rummaged through belongings.  No property appears to have been taken.

Detectives are actively investigating this case.  Overnight burglaries of occupied homes are a rarity in Palo Alto; the last two such cases occurred in March 2015 and July 2014.  In both of those cases, the burglars took property in each case and did not disturb the sleeping residents.  Detectives are looking for any possible links between three cases.

Officers are increasing overnight patrols in neighborhoods in response to this incident.  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 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