News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
650-329-2607
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301

6/9/2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE 06092016
Subject :

Commercial Burglar Strikes Businesses Overnight in Palo Alto
Contact : Marco Estrada, Agent, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA – Police are looking for a man who has broken into four closed Palo Alto businesses overnight in the past ten days.

The first case occurred at the Shell service station at 3601 El Camino Real, and was discovered on Monday, May 30, 2016, at about 5:21 a.m.  In that case, the suspect used a rock to break a window to make entry, and took money from the cash register.

The second case occurred at the Valero service station at 1963 El Camino Real, and was discovered on Tuesday, May 31, 2016, at about 5:34 a.m.  In that case, the suspect used his vehicle to push a hole through the service bay door, then entered the business on foot and took money from the cash register.

The third case occurred at Norge Village Cleaners at 240 California Avenue, and was discovered on Tuesday, May 31, 2016, at about 7:00 a.m.  In that case, the suspect used a rock to break the glass front door, and took money from the cash register.

The fourth case occurred at Baskin Robbins at 2615 Middlefield Road, and was discovered on Tuesday, June 7, 2016, at about 7:38 a.m.  In that case, the suspect used a rock to break the glass front door, and took money from the cash register.

Officers obtained surveillance footage from the Valero service station and the Norge Village Cleaners showing that the suspect is driving a white Dodge Caravan.  He appears to be an adult male of average height and build, and is wearing a sweatshirt (with the hood worn up) and long pants.  A surveillance picture of the vehicle (taken from the burglary of the Valero service station) is attached to this release; no usable images of the suspect, and no additional surveillance images, are available at this time.

Detectives are actively investigating these four cases, and are working to determine if the same suspect may be responsible for any similar burglaries in nearby cities.

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 paloalto@tipnow.org 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 bit.ly/PAPD-AppStore or bit.ly/PAPD-GooglePlay.





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