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


PRESS RELEASE 1029201502
Subject :

Police Arrest Man for Trio of Home Burglaries
Contact : James Reifschneider, Sergeant, Police Department    650-329-2413
Booking Photograph
Palo Alto, CA – Police arrested a man on Tuesday in connection with three recent residential burglaries. 

On Sunday, October 25, 2015 at about 1:30 p.m. our 24-hour dispatch center received a call from a woman reporting that, upon returning home from a multi-day vacation, she had found her home ransacked and items missing.  Investigation revealed that the suspect had likely entered the home, located on the 1400 block of Emerson Street, via an unlocked door. 

On Monday, October 26, 2015, at about 4:00 p.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received two separate calls reporting residential burglaries.  In each case, the residents had just returned home to discover their homes ransacked and items missing.  The burglaries occurred within a few blocks of one another.  Investigation revealed that the suspect likely entered the homes, located on the 500 block of Miramonte Avenue and the 1600 block of Castilleja Avenue, respectively, via unlocked windows. 

Patrol officers and detectives collaboratively developed information identifying the suspect responsible for all three burglaries as 21-year-old James Chester Broughton, who has no permanent residence address. 

On October 27, 2015, at about 2:30 p.m., detectives arrested Broughton at the Palo Alto Police Department.  At the time of his arrest, he was found to be in possession of property stolen during the burglaries.  Police booked Broughton into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for three felony counts of residential burglary and two felony counts of possession of stolen property.  A booking photograph of Broughton is attached to this release. 

Anyone with information about these incidents 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