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


Subject :

Police Seeking Residential Burglars Caught on Camera
Contact : Zach Perron, Lieutenant, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA – Police are asking for the public's help in identifying suspects who were captured by surveillance cameras as they committed a daytime residential burglary.

On Monday, September 26, 2016 at about 3:54 p.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a call of a burglary that had occurred earlier in the day at a home in the 00 block of Roosevelt Circle.  The victim, a woman in her forties, reported that unknown suspects had burglarized the home while she and her husband had been out.

The victim's surveillance system showed that two suspects were possibly involved, and that the burglary had occurred at about 9:00 a.m.  The first suspect rode a bicycle down the driveway and left it in the backyard before walking away on foot.  A short time later, the second suspect walked up and entered the home through an unlocked door in the backyard.  That suspect stole three laptop computers, jewelry, and miscellaneous personal property before riding away on the bicycle.

Both suspects appear to be light-skinned males in their twenties.  The first suspect is wearing black pants, a yellow shirt, a black and gray sweatshirt, and a white hat.  The second suspect is wearing red basketball shorts and a black tank top.  The bicycle is a black mountain bike with white lettering.  It has a suspension fork, disc brakes, and red handlebars.  Detectives are also investigating the possibility that there is only one suspect, and that he discarded his outer clothing to change his appearance between the time he dropped off the bicycle and the time he returned to commit the burglary.  Still images are attached to this release.

The number of reported residential burglaries in Palo Alto has dropped each year since 2012.  Thus far in 2016, there have been 69 residential burglaries reported.

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