Two men caught by a resident in the middle of a home burglary in Palo Alto's Midtown neighborhood were arrested after a short foot chase Thursday afternoon, police said.
Police were notified of the break-in around 1:10 p.m. Investigators learned the resident found a stranger inside and a confrontation ensued, which led the burglar to flee from the home, according to police.
The man in his 60s briefly chased down the burglar who ran away on northbound Emerson Street, police said.
The resident went back to his home where he faced another man leaving his backyard. The second burglar also fled north on Emerson Street, according to police.
The homeowner quickly notified police and officers were able to find both suspects. One was found at Emerson and Santa Rita Avenue and the other at North California Avenue and Bryant Street, both locations roughly a half-mile north from the residence, police said.
The men were booked into Santa Clara County jail on suspicion of burglary of an inhabited dwelling, police said. The older suspected burglar also had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant in connection with drugs and violating his probation.
Anyone with information on the burglary is asked to call the police department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to email@example.com or sent by text message or voicemail to 650-383-8984. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through the police free mobile app, downloadable at bit.ly/PAPD-AppStore or bit.ly/PAPD-GooglePlay.