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


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Police Looking to Identify Package Thief Caught on Video
Contact : Sean Downey, Officer, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA – Police are asking for the public's help with identifying a man caught on video stealing packages off of a Palo Alto front porch.

On Thursday, December 10, 2015, at about 10:45 a.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a call from a resident in the 2700 block of South Court reporting a package theft that had occurred on Saturday, December 5.  The victim, a woman in her forties, had been out of town, and upon returning home, discovered the theft and immediately called police.

The investigation revealed that on Saturday, December 5, five packages were delivered separately to the victim’s residence.   About five hours later, at about 3:52 p.m., the victim’s home surveillance camera system recorded an unknown suspect stealing the packages off her porch.  It appears as though the suspect spotted the packages as he drove slowly through the neighborhood; the suspect initially passed the victim’s house, then made a U-turn and parked directly in front.

The suspect appears to be a Hispanic male between 25 and 30 years of age, about 5 feet 7 to 5 feet 10 inches tall with an average build and a mustache.  He was wearing a black T-shirt with a red "Superman" logo on the front, an unzipped white sweatshirt with the hood up, blue pants, and black sports sandals with white socks.  The suspect vehicle was a red 1990s-era four-door sedan, with tinted rear windows and no hubcaps.  It is possibly a Nissan Sentra.  After the theft, the suspect drove away southbound on South Court.  To view the portion of the video showing the theft, click here:

The five packages contained miscellaneous items with a total value of over $600.

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Anyone with information about this incident, or who may recognize the suspect or his vehicle, 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