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


PRESS RELEASE 0513201502
Subject :

Burglars Smash Stolen SUV Into Bloomingdale’s Overnight, Steal Jewelry
Contact : Marianna Villaescusa, Agent, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA -- A team of burglars drove a stolen SUV through the front glass doors of Bloomingdale's at Stanford Shopping Center early this morning and stole a large amount of jewelry.  They remain at large.

On Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at about 4:14 a.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a call from a security company reporting an alarm at the Stanford Shopping Center at 180 El Camino Real.  When security personnel arrived on scene, they discovered the glass front doors on the El Camino Real side of Bloomingdale’s were completely smashed.  Several glass jewelry display cases inside the store were also smashed, and a large quantity of jewelry was missing.

A review of surveillance footage revealed that at about 4:03 a.m., a red sports utility vehicle reversed through the glass front doors.  Three suspects, all wearing black hooded sweatshirts, ran inside while the driver pulled away and waited for them outside.  The three suspects used some form of tool (perhaps hammers) to break the glass jewelry display cases.  The suspects then stole the jewelry and ran to the waiting SUV to escape.  They were inside the store for just over one minute.

To view two videos of the burglary, click here and here.

From surveillance photos, the vehicle’s license plate appears to match that of a red 1989 Jeep Cherokee that had been reported stolen to us on May 12 at 5:36 p.m. from the 2200 block of Birch Street.  The vehicle had been stolen at an unknown time between May 8 and May 12.  The license plate on the stolen Cherokee is 3VRN827.  One surveillance image from Bloomingdale’s, as well as one photo of the damage, are attached to this release.

An officer from the Palo Alto Police Department located the stolen vehicle, unoccupied, at about 9:44 a.m. on May 13 in the 200 block of Palo Alto Avenue.  Detectives are processing the vehicle for evidence.

No specific descriptions of the suspects are available.  Their race and gender are not discernible from the surveillance images.

At this point, the exact dollar loss is unknown, and Bloomingdale’s personnel are working on taking inventory of exactly how much jewelry the suspects stole.  Detectives are actively investigating this case.

In February 2015, we had a similar incident occur overnight at Keeble & Shuchat Photography at 261 California Avenue.  Detectives will be investigating if there is any relation between the cases.

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