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Palo Alto police nab suspected package thief

Original post made on Jan 6, 2013

A Union City man who police said stole packages from homes in Palo Alto and San Jose in recent weeks was arrested Tuesday afternoon after a Midtown resident saw the man steal items off a neighbor's porch.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, January 6, 2013, 12:24 PM

Comments (15)

Posted by good job, a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 6, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Good job PAPD. And thank you for including the mug shot. If others have seen this guy staking out your neighborhood, call the police.

Posted by Anon., a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 6, 2013 at 3:27 pm

Great Job Palo Alto PD ... that guy even looks like a creep. So bottom line ... if convicted how long of a vacation does the public get from this thug before we are subjected to more of his criminal genius?

Posted by Anon., a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 6, 2013 at 3:30 pm

Oh, sorry for not thanking and congratulating the involved citizen, the resident on the 2600 block of Marshall Drive, who called the police and report this vermin! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING A GOOD CITIZEN!

Great job, who did as much as the police, and maybe more!

Posted by Awesome, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 6, 2013 at 3:53 pm

Great job, Marshall Drive resident and PAPD!

Posted by Jim H, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jan 6, 2013 at 9:23 pm

Nice job to all involved. I'm glad to see citizens willing to get involved and make the 911 call - I'm also thankful that PAPD responded so quickly and with such successful results.

It can be hard to make the decision to call 911. None of us want to be a nuisance. But this case proves that sometimes it's better to take the risk.

The police can't be everywhere at once. An alert and courageous citizen CAN make the difference as we've seen here. Again, "GOOD JOB!" to everyone involved.

Posted by Anon, a resident of Professorville
on Jan 7, 2013 at 9:42 am

Figures it would be someone from Union City. I lived
there a short time and moved because the crime level was absolutely intolerable and the police there are so corrupt.

Posted by Hancock, a resident of another community
on Jan 7, 2013 at 9:45 am

I know this boy well, 6 months ago he was getting a 4.0 and on the Deans List and had a good job and was a responsible father. Meth Addiction ruins lives.

Posted by Steve C, a resident of Menlo Park
on Jan 7, 2013 at 10:57 am

Crystal and crack. Jails are full of addicts for whom these are the drugs that took them over. Unfortunately, in most cases, even prison doesn't break the cycle.
I wonder if he was using Craigslist or a fence to move the stolen goods? As good a job as the police and the citizen did here, it might have been even more fruitful to tail this guy for a while to see how he was moving the stolen goods.
We all need to look out for each other, as this clearly shows.

Posted by Sam, a resident of Midtown
on Jan 7, 2013 at 12:09 pm

This happened on our block! Good work Palo Alto Police Department the reason they caught him is because Palo Alto has the best response time.

Posted by moi, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 7, 2013 at 12:15 pm

Monty Python would remind us to always look on the bright side of life.

It was only a replica of a .45 caliber handgun.

Posted by Misha, a resident of Midtown
on Jan 7, 2013 at 2:19 pm

A wonderful story about looking out for each other. Good job, neighbor!

Posted by Nora Charles, a resident of Stanford
on Jan 7, 2013 at 5:05 pm

I'll add my congratulations to the alert resident (talk about a good neighbor!) and the PAPD. Well done.

Posted by Felicity, a resident of Los Altos
on Jan 7, 2013 at 5:34 pm

And I will add my sadness at the fact that another life was ruined by meth. Drugs are dismantling society on so many levels....

Remember the guy who robbed Walgreens on University due to his oxycotin addiction? Addiction is not a choice but a biological consequence some people experience when they are exposed to addictive substances. That is why many of us cannot possibly understand why 'they just don't quit'; we do not have that gene. I am not condoning the behavior, I am just trying to point out that it is a conundrum for many of us as to how to have compassion for but not enable the person.

Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jan 7, 2013 at 5:46 pm

"Addiction is not a choice but a biological consequence some people experience when they are exposed to addictive substances."

"Exposed" to addictive substances? Please - you mean when they *use* them. Most of us are able to not even *try* them. Don't try them & you won't end up an addict - it's pretty simple.

Posted by lucy, a resident of Professorville
on Jan 7, 2013 at 9:47 pm

Heyy, I went to Paly with him. Glad to see he's made something of himself!

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