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Electronics go missing in overnight home burglary as couple slept

Burglar also takes car keys, but no vehicle was stolen

A burglar entered a couple's home in the 1100 block of Hamilton Avenue in Palo Alto and got away with electronics and car keys on Oct. 22. Map created via Google Maps.

For the third time this month, Palo Alto police are investigating a home burglary that happened during the early morning hours while the residents were asleep, the department said in a press release Friday.

The burglary happened in the Crescent Park neighborhood, where police dispatch was notified of the theft in the 1100 block of Hamilton Avenue around 6:20 a.m. on Thursday. A couple in their 60s reported that they woke up and found two exterior doors of their home open, according to the release.

An investigation showed the burglary happened sometime between 4:10 and 6:15 a.m. Someone stepped inside the home to take electronic items and car keys, but no vehicle was stolen, police said.

There was no forced entry into the residence and investigators said the burglar possibly gained access inside with a key hidden outside the home, the release states. Since notifying police of the burglary, the couple have rekeyed their residence and ignition of their car.

Police have no video footage of the burglar from a home surveillance system.

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Investigators have not located evidence that connects Thursday's burglary to two others that happened roughly 5 miles away on Oct. 12. During the early morning hours that day, two homes were burglarized in the southern section of the city where two bicycles and a purse went missing. Photos obtained through a home security system show two men police believe are connected to the thefts.

Residential burglaries usually happen during the daytime when people are out of the home and burglars stand a lower chance of crossing paths with anyone. They're considered extremely rare in the city during the overnight hours, according to police.

The agency recommends the public set up locks on their side yard gates as a precaution to prevent trespassers from entering their property, police said. The department also advises residents to leave a spare key with a trusted neighbor instead of hiding one outside of their home.

Anyone with information about Thursday's burglary is asked to call the department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to [email protected] 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.

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Electronics go missing in overnight home burglary as couple slept

Burglar also takes car keys, but no vehicle was stolen

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Fri, Oct 23, 2020, 3:32 pm

For the third time this month, Palo Alto police are investigating a home burglary that happened during the early morning hours while the residents were asleep, the department said in a press release Friday.

The burglary happened in the Crescent Park neighborhood, where police dispatch was notified of the theft in the 1100 block of Hamilton Avenue around 6:20 a.m. on Thursday. A couple in their 60s reported that they woke up and found two exterior doors of their home open, according to the release.

An investigation showed the burglary happened sometime between 4:10 and 6:15 a.m. Someone stepped inside the home to take electronic items and car keys, but no vehicle was stolen, police said.

There was no forced entry into the residence and investigators said the burglar possibly gained access inside with a key hidden outside the home, the release states. Since notifying police of the burglary, the couple have rekeyed their residence and ignition of their car.

Police have no video footage of the burglar from a home surveillance system.

Investigators have not located evidence that connects Thursday's burglary to two others that happened roughly 5 miles away on Oct. 12. During the early morning hours that day, two homes were burglarized in the southern section of the city where two bicycles and a purse went missing. Photos obtained through a home security system show two men police believe are connected to the thefts.

Residential burglaries usually happen during the daytime when people are out of the home and burglars stand a lower chance of crossing paths with anyone. They're considered extremely rare in the city during the overnight hours, according to police.

The agency recommends the public set up locks on their side yard gates as a precaution to prevent trespassers from entering their property, police said. The department also advises residents to leave a spare key with a trusted neighbor instead of hiding one outside of their home.

Anyone with information about Thursday's burglary is asked to call the department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to [email protected] 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.

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Jennifer
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another community
on Oct 24, 2020 at 8:10 am
Jennifer, another community
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on Oct 24, 2020 at 8:10 am
8 people like this

Burglars are operating over night because more people are home during the day. Don't leave a key to your house under a mat. A security camera would help too.


Lee Forrest
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Crescent Park
on Oct 24, 2020 at 9:07 am
Lee Forrest, Crescent Park
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on Oct 24, 2020 at 9:07 am
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> "A security camera would help too."

^ Concurring...so does having a dog regardless of its size as there are three kinds...a bark/watchdog, a guard dog & an attack dog (depending on one's preference).

Cats on the other hand, are absolutely USELESS when it comes to protecting a home (and the same could probably be said for aquarium fish).


Hulkamania
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Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 26, 2020 at 2:31 pm
Hulkamania, Duveneck/St. Francis
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on Oct 26, 2020 at 2:31 pm
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Lee Forrest sez, "Cats on the other hand, are absolutely USELESS..."

Not necessarily. My brother roomed with a guy, Bill, who owned a manx cat. Bill came home one night totally drunk and crashed on his bed. He slept with the window wide open. Sometime later Bill awoke to screaming and crashing noises. He thought he was having a nightmare.

While trying to get his head together the manx kitty jumped in through the open window and started to rub up against him. The cat was wet. He turned on the light and discovered the cat was covered in blood. Bill checked the cat out but couldn't find any wounds so he cleaned him up and went back to sleep.

The next morning the roomies discovered blood outside the window and a blood trail that went all the way to the sidewalk. They figured someone had come through the window and the kitty attacked him and rode him all the way to the sidewalk while laying waste to his epidermis.

Useless indeed.


Lee Forrest
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Crescent Park
on Oct 26, 2020 at 3:16 pm
Lee Forrest, Crescent Park
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on Oct 26, 2020 at 3:16 pm
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@Hulkamania

The Manx cat is an exceptional breed of feline from the Isle of Man and they are somewhat 'dog like' in nature...very protective, used for hunting game, & highly intelligent.

The majority of household cats do not fall into this unique category...thus useless.


Anonymous
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Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 28, 2020 at 1:30 am
Anonymous, Duveneck/St. Francis
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I’d prefer if more people kept some outdoor lighting on at night instead of turning that off, creating pockets of near total darkness. I’m not in public safety, but would guess criminals dislike light -


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