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


Subject :

Police Arrest Three Teens for Residential Burglary
Contact : James Reifschneider, Lieutenant, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA – Police have arrested three teenagers, including one adult, for burglarizing a Palo Alto home last month.

On Monday, February 6, 2017, at about 5:27 p.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a call of a residential burglary that had occurred at a residence in the 1000 block of Moffett Circle.  The victim, a woman in her fifties, reported that unknown suspects had gained entry to her home while it was unoccupied, sometime between 3:00 p.m. on February 5 and 5:25 p.m. on February 6.  Police determined the point of entry had been an unlocked window, and that the suspects had stolen jewelry and electronic items after ransacking the home.

During the course of the preliminary investigation, officers identified two potential suspects and located them in the 2700 block of Midtown Court about two hours later.  Police found jewelry stolen from the burglary in the possession of 18-year-old Oakdale resident Jarred Paine and a 15-year-old male Palo Alto resident.  Paine was also in possession of burglary tools (a pair of pliers), and was on bail for narcotics sales to minors.  Police booked Paine into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for residential burglary (a felony), committing a felony while out on bail for another felony (also a felony), and possession of burglary tools (a misdemeanor).  His booking photo is attached to this release.  Police arrested the juvenile for residential burglary and transported him to the Santa Clara County Juvenile Hall.

The ensuing follow-up investigation by detectives revealed that at least three suspects had been involved in the crime.  On February 9, detectives served a search warrant at a residence in the 1100 block of Colorado Avenue, and located additional jewelry stolen during the burglary in the possession of another 15-year-old male Palo Alto resident.  Detectives arrested him for residential burglary and transported him to Juvenile Hall. 

Detectives continued their investigation for the next several weeks while they explored the possibility that other suspects were involved.  That investigation concluded last week, with detectives now believing they have arrested the only three suspects responsible.  Police were waiting to distribute this news release in case additional suspects were arrested.

The majority of the jewelry stolen in the burglary has been recovered and returned to the victim, but the stolen electronic items (to include multiple laptop computers and an e-reader) remain outstanding.

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

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