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Hawaii water polo team loses $16K in gear in Palo Alto auto burglary

 

Twenty members of the University of Hawaii women's water polo team had nearly $16,000 of equipment stolen in a Palo Alto burglary on Wednesday, police confirmed.

The smash-and-grab case was reported at about 8:40 p.m. at a Hamilton Avenue parking lot, according to Sgt. Adrienne Moore.

It doesn't appear that the team was targeted, according to Moore, and no information is available about any suspects in the case.

The team lost a quarterfinals game to the University of California at Berkeley on Friday and will not be advancing in the NCAA Water Polo Championship, held at Stanford University.

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10 people like this
Posted by jqp
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 12, 2019 at 8:16 am

There's no Aloha here.


6 people like this
Posted by nevayarkin@gmail.com
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 12, 2019 at 2:29 pm

nevayarkin@gmail.com is a registered user.

Disqusting! I'm sorry for the University of Hawaii that there
equipment was stolen. A sad day for the Palo Alto Community.
I hope the police can find these people.


9 people like this
Posted by Who Steals WP Equipment?
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on May 12, 2019 at 2:34 pm

How can some swimsuits and numbered water polo caps + a few WP balls come to over $16K?

Were they carrying designer luggage as well?

Agreeing with the first poster. There is absolutely no Aloha spirit in Palo Alto. None whatsoever.

People here are too concerned with money and their vanity.


4 people like this
Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on May 12, 2019 at 6:11 pm

Interesting PAPD report log published May 10 -- Web Link

Incident 190002489 05/08/2019 20:40 375 Hamilton Window Smash; Items Taken
Incident 190002491 05/08/2019 20:40 375 Hamilton Window Smash; Items Taken
Incident 190002503 05/08/2019 20:40 375 Hamilton Window Smash; Items Taken
Incident 190002504 05/08/2019 20:40 375 Hamilton Window Smash; Items Taken
Incident 190002505 05/08/2019 20:40 375 Hamilton Window Smash; Items Taken
Incident 190002506 05/08/2019 20:40 375 Hamilton Window Smash; Items Taken
Incident 190002507 05/08/2019 20:40 375 Hamilton Window Smash; Items Taken
Incident 190002508 05/08/2019 20:40 375 Hamilton Window Smash; Items Taken
Incident 190002509 05/08/2019 20:40 375 Hamilton Window Smash; Items Taken
Incident 190002510 05/08/2019 20:40 375 Hamilton Window Smash; Items Taken
Incident 190002511 05/08/2019 20:40 375 Hamilton Window Smash; Items Taken
Incident 190002512 05/08/2019 20:40 375 Hamilton Window Smash; Items Taken
Incident 190002513 05/08/2019 20:40 375 Hamilton Window Smash; Items Taken
Incident 190002514 05/08/2019 20:40 375 Hamilton Window Smash; Items Taken
Incident 190002521 05/08/2019 20:40 375 Hamilton Window Smash; Items Taken
Incident 190002522 05/08/2019 20:40 375 Hamilton Window Smash; Items Taken
Incident 190002528 05/08/2019 20:40 375 Hamilton Window Smash; Items Taken
Incident 190002529 05/08/2019 20:40 375 Hamilton Window Smash; Items Taken


7 people like this
Posted by Resident
a resident of Downtown North
on May 12, 2019 at 6:58 pm

Re: Who Steals WP Equipment?

I think it's a bit unfair to paint with broad brushstrokes and say Palo Alto Residents are only too concerned with money and their vanity. We do not know who did this theft. It could have been a non-Palo Alto resident. That garage where this theft occurred should have video cameras installed.

It is terrible this happened. Even if Water Polo equipment were replaced or loaned out.. it's not the same. If you're involved in any sports, you'll know for a competition, you want a specific equipment that is broken into and is yours. As well.. swim gear can be very expensive.

On the bright side, if the insurance covers their equipment, any worn or almost worn equipment that needed replacing will be replaced with new items.

Feel terrible this happened to a visiting team. Such massive theft.

When we lived in College Terrace, there were a lot of door to door sales people peddling all sorts of goods. When I asked, none of them lived in Palo Alto. They come over and sell their wares. Theft can also be the same.


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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on May 12, 2019 at 8:26 pm

^ Address is open parking lot (Lot D) behind CVS, across from Post Office.
Insurance often has a large deductible.


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Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on May 12, 2019 at 10:30 pm

Resident 1-Adobe Meadows is a registered user.

Amazing that someone can break into a car and steal stuff in such a public place and no one notices or does anything? Or at least get a picture of their license plate? We all need some schooling on auto theft and break ins - what to do to catch these people - or at least get some pictures so that they can be identified. Otherwise we are just sitting ducks. I guess we need signs everywhere to keep your stuff in your room until you are on the way to the airport.


12 people like this
Posted by What?
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on May 12, 2019 at 10:47 pm

"Were they carrying designer luggage as well? There is absolutely no Aloha spirit in Palo Alto. None whatsoever. People here are too concerned with money and their vanity."

Have you ever visited Hawaii? I go twice per year. They don't even know what designer luggage is. Not only, is this poster implying that Palo Altans stole their gear? The PAPD reports are clear: criminals visit from elsewhere (even as far as hours north). Palo Altans are not responsible for our car thefts. The criminals think Palo Alto is one big candy store.


5 people like this
Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on May 13, 2019 at 1:07 am

^ Criminals aren't the only ones who think Palo Alto is one big candy store...


9 people like this
Posted by A TUMI Family
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 13, 2019 at 7:55 am

"Have you ever visited Hawaii? I go twice per year. They don't even know what designer luggage is."

We do too and Hawaiians are familiar with brands such as TUMI (our choice of luggage).
As a matter of fact, one local even asked. "Are you from California?"
And my kid replied, "We're from Palo Alto!"

Getting back to the theft...it's going to be challenging fencing used swimsuits and water polo balls.

These thieves were obviously from out of town as they are not too bright.


4 people like this
Posted by Low IQs
a resident of Barron Park
on May 13, 2019 at 12:21 pm

> These thieves were obviously from out of town as they are not too bright.

99% of them aren't. With the price of gas today, anyone who drives 1-2 hours away just to steal some rubber balls and a bunch of used swimsuits is obviously short on both schooling and common sense.


2 people like this
Posted by What?
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on May 13, 2019 at 12:31 pm

@A TUMI Family: Obviously, my comment was not to be interpreted literally. My point was that Hawaiians, who run around in shorts and t-shirts, do not value designer luggage. Plus, when people think of designer luggage, they think Louis Vuitton and Gucci, not Tumi. And there is no correlation with a Hawaiian knowing your Tumi luggage to guessing you are from California. There are many clues for recognizing a mainlander.

@Low IQs: Hilarious posting, thanks for the laugh.


2 people like this
Posted by Redmond Turk
a resident of Gunn High School
on May 13, 2019 at 12:43 pm

Redmond Turk is a registered user.

How nice that these burglaries continue unabated while we have the opportunity to continue contributing to a nice retirement package for our police chief.


6 people like this
Posted by A TUMI Family
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 13, 2019 at 12:50 pm

> And there is no correlation with a Hawaiian knowing your Tumi luggage to guessing you are from California. There are many clues for recognizing a mainlander.

My son was wearing a blue LA cap. GO DODGERS!

> Plus, when people think of designer luggage, they think Louis Vuitton and Gucci, not Tumi.

Agreed. We don't do Louis Vuitton or Gucci.Those brands are designed for narcissistic phonies aka Kardashian wannabes.


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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on May 13, 2019 at 2:06 pm

People are too busy to get involved. Best to just ignore the mayhem. Stick your nose into it and be castigated as another Palo Alto bigot. No follow-up here. Anyone interested in details needs to scour Google or Facebook. Hawaii newscasts were more informative, e.g. Web Link


8 people like this
Posted by Protect Your Swim Wear
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on May 13, 2019 at 4:07 pm

I sometimes wear my Speedos as underwear. No one has ever stolen them yet.

As a former male catalog model, i still look pretty good in them.


5 people like this
Posted by reality of it
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 13, 2019 at 6:41 pm

As reported in Hawaii the girls lost cameras,laptops,head phones in addition
to water polo gear - that's how it comes to $16,000. Palo Alto has no security
cameras or video surveillance in the public parking lot to deter crime and the
Police Dept is understaffed with unfilled positions.


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