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, Captain, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA – Police are asking for the public's help with identifying two residential burglars who were captured on video.

On Thursday, February 9, 2017, at about 11:45 a.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a call of an attempted residential burglary that had occurred about fifteen minutes earlier at a residence in the 00 block of Roosevelt Circle.  The resident, a man in his thirties, reported that he had received an automated notification on his phone from his home surveillance system that there had been movement detected by the system’s cameras outside his home.  He reviewed the video a short time later and saw that the system had recorded two men who had first knocked on his front door, then walked to the backyard and tried to pull open a sliding glass door.  The suspects then left without gaining entry into the home.  Officers responded immediately but could not locate the suspects.

At about 12:15 p.m., we received a call of a residential burglary that had occurred at another home in the same block that morning between 9 a.m. and noon while the residents were out.  The victim, a man in his forties, reported that an unknown suspect had gained entry to his home via an unlocked sliding door at the rear of the residence.  The suspect rummaged through drawers and wound up stealing jewelry and other personal property.

Based on the geographic proximity, the method of entry, and the similar time of occurrence, police believe the same suspects are responsible for both incidents.  The video evidence from the attempted burglary (which can be viewed on our YouTube channel here and here) shows that both suspects appear to be Hispanic males in their twenties to forties.  One of them was wearing a distinctive multi-colored "Star Wars" jacket with a hood, black gloves, blue jeans, and red sneakers.  The other suspect was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt over a red shirt, dark gray pants, and gray sneakers.

Detectives are investigating the cases and working with partner law enforcement agencies in an attempt to identify both suspects, as well as to determine their involvement with any other residential burglaries in Palo Alto or surrounding communities.

These cases also are examples of a common technique used by residential burglars, where they first knock on the front door to see if anyone is home.  If they do not receive an answer and believe the house to be unoccupied, they will attempt to enter the backyard (often via an unlocked side yard gate) and then attempt to find a way to break in from the privacy of the backyard.  For these reasons, police recommend always speaking to strangers at your door from inside (without opening the door) to let them know someone is home.  We also recommend placing padlocks on side yard gates.  Suspicious behavior by strangers at your door should be reported immediately to the police.  We recommend keeping all doors and windows closed and locked when homes are unoccupied. 

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 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