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Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


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Police Arrest Three Juveniles for Overnight Theft from Auto
Contact : Marianna Villaescusa, Agent, Police Department    650-329-2115
Palo Alto, CA – Police arrested a trio of juveniles prowling a Palo Alto neighborhood overnight after a private security officer witnessed them committing a theft from an unlocked vehicle.

On Tuesday, February 28, 2017, at about 12:47 a.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a call from a private security officer of a theft from auto in progress in the 400 block of Santa Rita Avenue.  The private security officer provided a license plate of the suspect vehicle as it fled the scene with three suspects inside.

The investigation revealed that the security officer had watched the three suspects pulling door handles on cars parked along the street, and then saw them enter one car and rummage through it.  When the security officer went to stop them, they drove away in a white 1997 Honda Civic.

At about 12:53 a.m., an officer located the suspect vehicle in the 800 block of Center Drive and detained the three suspects without incident.  Inside the vehicle, officers located a pair of sunglasses that had been stolen from an unlocked car in the 400 block of Santa Rita Avenue.  They also located a personal check from the same unlocked car in the possession of one of the suspects.  Officers also found a baggie of handgun ammunition in the suspect vehicle.

Police arrested the three suspects, all of whom are residents of East Palo Alto, for felony possession of stolen property, felony conspiracy, misdemeanor theft, and misdemeanor minor in possession of ammunition.  Police released two of them (a 17-year-old boy who was also arrested for driving without a license, and a 16-year-old boy) to their parents, and transported the third (a 17-year-old boy) to the Santa Clara County Juvenile Hall when his parents could not be contacted.

In accordance with our standard release of information procedures, no additional information on the suspects is available since they are under the age of 18.  We do not release booking photographs of juveniles in such situations.

Detectives are investigating whether these suspects may be connected to any other overnight thefts from auto or auto burglaries, either in Palo Alto or surrounding communities, as well as any other crimes.

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