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


PRESS RELEASE 0404201602
Subject :

Police Arrest Suspect After Early-Morning Auto Burglary Attempt
Contact : Marco Estrada, Agent, Police Department    650-329-2413
Curtis Edward Jordan Jr. booking photo
Palo Alto, CA – An early-morning potential auto burglar trying door handles of parked cars finally found one unlocked, but was surprised to discover a private security officer sitting inside.  After the suspect fled, police located the suspect nearby and took him custody without incident.

On Thursday, March 31, 2016, at about 2:39 a.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a call from a private security officer who reported that a suspect had just attempted to enter the vehicle in which he had been sitting in the 1400 block of Hamilton Avenue.  Officers responded to the area immediately and detained the suspect without incident on Edgewood Drive at Newell Road a few minutes later.

The investigation revealed that the private security officer had witnessed the suspect walking down the street, trying door handles on parked vehicles.  The suspect approached the security officer's car (an unmarked sport utility vehicle) and opened the door, at which point he was surprised to find the officer inside.  The suspect ran away, and the security officer called police.

Police booked 52-year-old Curtis Edward Jordan, Jr. of East Palo Alto into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for attempted auto burglary (a felony) and possession of drug paraphernalia (a misdemeanor).  His booking photo is attached.

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