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


Subject :

Update - Young Juvenile Assists In Residential Burglaries
Contact : Detective Brian Philip, Palo Alto Police Department    650-353-0624

Palo Alto, CA -- Since July 17, 2010, three residential burglaries have occurred within the City of Palo Alto. These particular burglaries are unique due to the fact that in two cases, a young juvenile enters the residence while an adult waits outside. The juvenile is described as a Hispanic male with long brown hair and is approximately 10 years old. He is further described as being approximately 5 feet tall and weighing 100 pounds.

The first incident occurred on July 17 in the 300 block of Embarcadero Road at midnight. In this case, a resident came home and found the above-described juvenile inside her house. Upon seeing the resident, the juvenile fled out an open window. No adults were seen waiting in this case and nothing appeared to be missing from the residence.

The second burglary occurred on July 19 in the 400 block of Lytton Avenue at 1:30 PM. During this incident, the juvenile was again confronted by a resident. The juvenile told the resident that he was attempting to deliver carpet to a neighboring address. The resident told police that a Hispanic male in his twenties appeared to be waiting for the subject outside the residence. The adult is described as 5 foot 4 inches tall and 120 pounds. A sketch of the person seen waiting has been developed and can be viewed using this link. A skateboard was reported missing by the resident. This incident was not immediately reported to police.

The third incident took place in the 700 block of East Charleston Road on July 20, 2010 at noon. During this incident, the above-described juvenile attempted to enter the residence through a side door but ran away when he encountered the resident. The resident stated that he heard a group of what he believed to be Hispanic females outside the residence as the suspect fled. This incident was not reported to police until 8 PM.

Palo Alto Police encourage citizens to report suspicious persons or activity to police immediately. Citizens may either call 9-1-1 in the case of an emergency or the non-emergency number for nonurgent reports at 650-329-2413.