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


Subject :

Residential burglar Arrested
Contact : Detective Max Nielepko, Palo Alto Police Department    650-329-2558
Palo Alto, CA – A juvenile was arrested this afternoon after burglarizing a home in Palo Alto and then running from police. The victim's stolen property was recovered.

On Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 1:19 PM, a 17-year old male burglarized a home in the 900 block of Oregon Avenue. The suspect entered the house by climbing in through an unlocked window, setting off a burglar alarm in the process. An alert neighbor called Palo Alto Police to report an audible alarm sounding in the area. Police officers checked the area and found a bicycle parked in bushes near the victim’s home. While the officers were on scene, another resident came outside and told the officers that someone had placed some property (including laptop computers) into the resident’s yard.

Officers checked the area near the laptops and spotted a male suspect ducked down in the yard of a home in the 900 block of Oregon Avenue. As soon as the suspect was spotted by police he fled on foot, and the officers gave chase. The suspect ran north on Louis Road, then made a left onto Garland Drive, and finally ran into residential backyards in the 800 block of Garland Drive.

Police set up a perimeter to contain the suspect. Stratford School was contacted and asked to keep students inside because the school’s property could have been accessed from some of the backyards in the 800 block of Garland Drive. Officers were also posted at the school in case the suspect tried to run in that direction. The suspect was spotted by officers and residents jumping into and out of backyards in the 800 block of Garland Drive. Police contained the suspect to one of the yards and took him into custody.

When arrested, the suspect was found to be in possession of an MP3 player taken from the victim’s home in the 900 block of Oregon Avenue. Police also recovered a purse, laptop computers, and jewelry the suspect placed into a resident’s yard before running.

The Police Department appreciates that neighbors look out for each other and report suspicious activity. Residents are encouraged to call 9-1-1 or (650) 329-2413 when they observe suspicious activity in their neighborhood.