Pair caught in middle of home burglary arrested

Resident briefly chases down one burglar who escapes from home, finds another exiting backyard

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.

The alleged burglars, ages 37 and 43, from San Jose, broke into a home in the 2700 block of Emerson Street and remained inside when the resident, a man in his 60s, returned home, 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 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 or


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Editor's note: The Weekly has chosen to withhold the name of the arrested until the case is adjudicated and if there is news value in reporting the information at that time.

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19 people like this
Posted by Nayeli
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 4, 2017 at 8:59 am

Kudos to the PAPD for getting two more bad people off of the streets! The article didn't say how these men "broke in" to the home. This makes it seem like it wasn't simply thieves entering through an open window or door.

Regardless, I hope that these men are off the streets for a long time. Sometimes, I wish that criminals could be tagged and released while on probation.

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Posted by Concerned Resident
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 5, 2017 at 1:48 pm

I was told by a police officer and have heard this several times from others:
(1) Best not to enter the house if you suspect it has been broken into. Call 911.
(2) Burglars often 'chart' homes that are unattended during certain hours of the day.
(3) Back doors and garage-house doors are the preferred means of entering unnoticed.
(4) Secure doors with deadbolts and glass entrances require additional protection OR have an alarm installed.
(5) Lastly, if you are armed and decide to shoot the burglar, make sure that they are inside the house before discharging your weapon.

2 people like this
Posted by BV
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 8, 2017 at 8:50 pm

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