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


Subject :

Police Arrest Two Residential Burglars
Contact : Agent Max Nielepko, Palo Alto Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA -- Palo Alto Police have arrested two residential burglars in the last few days, including one who was carrying stolen property out of a victim's home when police arrested him.

The first burglary occurred on June 12 at 10:45 p.m. Residents of an apartment complex located in the 400 block of Alma Street called police to report that an Hispanic male with tattoos had entered an apartment through the unlocked balcony door. Responding police officers spotted the suspect inside the residence. The suspect ignored repeated commands to come outside and surrender. Police entered the home and found the suspect hiding behind a door in a bedroom. The suspect, 35-year old Hector Zavala of Sunnyvale, was arrested for burglary and booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail.

The second burglary occurred on June 14 at 2:08 p.m. A resident of the 1600 block of Mariposa Avenue witnessed a subject enter the backyard of a neighbor’s home. The witness knew the neighbors were not home and noticed the suspect looked around repeatedly before entering the home’s back yard. The witness promptly called police to report the suspicious behavior. Police officers arrived and started a search of the property. During the search, police found the suspect coming out of the home’s backyard with stolen property from inside the residence in his possession. The 44-year old suspect, Daymon Cooper of Daly City, was arrested for burglary and booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail.

The Palo Alto Police Department credits local residents for promptly calling police when they observed suspicious activity in their neighborhoods. These calls lead to the arrest of both of these suspects. The Police Department encourages residents to always call 9-1-1 immediately when they observe suspicious activity in their neighborhood.