The Palo Alto Police Department is seeking two teens who stole a 12-year-old boy's shoes after pursuing him and two friends in the Crescent Park neighborhood on the night of Oct. 20, according to a press release issued on Monday.
Around 8:40 p.m., the three children noticed a vehicle slowly follow them as they walked east in the 1400 block of Dana Avenue and ran to the door of a nearby home in the 700 block of Ashby Drive for help, police said. They described the car as dark-colored, an older model and small, occupied by two boys around 16-18 years old. When nobody answered the door, the youths turned around and came face to face with the teens in the vehicle, who had followed them on foot to the residence.
One of the car's occupants asked the trio if they had valuables in their pockets, and when they said no, he demanded that one of them give up the shoes he was wearing, according to police. The 12-year-old boy complied, and while the suspects fled with the shoes, the trio sought help at another house and came into contact with a resident who gave them a ride home.
The theft was reported to police about 20 minutes later, police said.
The pair were both described as Hispanic. One of them was described as about 5 feet 6 inches tall and wore a gray hooded sweatshirt and jeans; the other was 5 feet 10 inches tall and wore a red sweatshirt. There have been no similar crimes reported in the area, according to the police.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent by text message or voicemail to 650-383-8984. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through the police's free mobile app, downloadable at bit.ly/PAPD-AppStore or bit.ly/PAPD-GooglePlay.