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


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Palo Alto Resident Interrupts Burglary
Contact : Agent Donna Arndt, Palo Alto Police Department    650-329-2406
Palo Alto, Ca - On Friday, May 16, 2008, at about 12:25 p.m., a Palo Alto resident returned to his home on the 2500 block of Ross Road and found an unoccupied suspicious truck backed into his driveway. When he looked into the open bed of the Toyota truck, he saw that it was filled with his personal property that included a flat screen TV and an Apple computer. In addition, gardening tools had been placed along the outside of the bed of the truck to conceal the property from view. The resident removed the keys from the ignition and immediately called the police.  Palo Alto police officers arrived on the scene within minutes and searched the residence and surrounding area. The suspects were not located and are currently still at large. Palo Alto detectives conducted a follow-up investigation and located personal property that had been stolen from other residences in the Palo Alto area. In addition, Menlo Park Police are investigating several residential burglaries that occurred in their city that appear to have been committed by the same suspects as the Palo Alto burglaries. One of the items of stolen property that was recovered during the course of follow-up investigation by Palo Alto and Menlo Park detectives is a Purple Heart medal from World War II. The inscription on the medal reads "Patrick J. Monroe." Menlo Park detective, Jeff Keegan is working on finding the owner of the medal. If anyone has any information about the medal, contact Detective Keegan at 650-330-6360. Both agencies are currently following up on leads in order to identify and arrest the burglary suspects.  

If you have information about these crimes, please call the Palo Alto police Detective Preheim at 650-329-2408 or Detective Sunseri at 650-329-2669. You may also call our Anonymous Tip Line at 650-329-2190