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


Subject :

Residential Burglary Suspects Caught on Video
Contact : Zach Perron, Lieutenant, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA – A home video surveillance system captured the actions of three burglars as they crept into an unoccupied home in the evening this past week, and police are releasing the video in the hopes that it generate leads.

On Thursday, September 15, 2016 at about 8:23 p.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a call of a residential burglary in the 1700 block of Channing Drive.  The victim, a man in his forties, had returned home to find that his rear glass door had been smashed, and his house had been ransacked.

The victim's video surveillance system showed that the burglary occurred on Wednesday, September 14, at about 9:40 p.m.  The home was unoccupied overnight.  The video shows three burglars crawling through the kitchen and family room as they enter the home.  The burglars go through the house, pulling out drawers and ransacking the home.  They stole a single tablet computer, and exited the home a few minutes later.

The video, which can be viewed on our YouTube channel here, shows that the three suspects appear to be wearing gloves and light-colored sweatshirts with the hoods up, obscuring their faces.  Two of the three suspects are wearing identical sweatshirts, which have a light-colored "B" printed over a black circle on the back.  The race and age of the suspects is unknown, but they are believed to be male.

Detectives are actively investigating this crime.  The number of reported residential burglaries in Palo Alto has dropped each year since 2012.  Thus far in 2016, there have been 66 residential burglaries reported.  It is relatively rare to obtain surveillance video of the suspects as they are committing the crime.

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