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Gold necklaces taken from woman as she's out for a walk

Police release photo of vehicle involved in theft near Mitchell Park

Police are looking for two people in connection with a roadside necklace theft in the 700 block of East Meadow Drive in Palo Alto on Oct. 23, 2021. The duo was seen in a silver sedan. Courtesy Palo Alto Police Department.

Palo Alto police are seeking the public's assistance in their investigation of the theft of gold necklaces along the roadside near Mitchell Park on Saturday afternoon.

The theft was reported to police around 4:40 p.m. on Oct. 23, when the city's 24-hour dispatch center took a call from a woman in her 70s who said her necklaces were stolen 45 minutes earlier while she was out on a walk with her husband, police said in a press release Monday.

The couple was in the 700 block of East Meadow Drive when they were approached by a vehicle carrying three people: a man in the driver's seat, a woman in the front passenger seat and a child under the age of 10 in the back seat.

After the driver stopped in front of the couple, the female passenger spoke to the older woman, who believed the passenger was speaking Urdu, according to police. The driver tried to distract the older woman's husband by speaking to him in English with a heavy accent.

Without getting out of the car, the female passenger then placed a gold necklace around the older woman's neck, as if she was giving the jewelry to her.

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"The victim could not understand what the female suspect was saying to her during the interaction," according to the press release.

Roughly two minutes later, the driver left the area, heading west on East Meadow Drive towards Middlefield Road, police said. After the vehicle departed, the woman discovered that the female passenger had taken two gold necklaces from her neck as she placed the other one.

The female passenger was described as a woman in her 50s with a scarf over head and a face covering. She had a "darker" skin tone and was possibly of Middle Eastern or Romanian descent, according to police. The couple was unable to describe the driver.

The driver and female passenger never stepped out of their vehicle during their exchanges, police said.

The vehicle was an older model silver sedan. Officers searched for home surveillance cameras in the area and located one that captured an image of the car, according to police.

Investigators are looking into whether the case is similar to other ones in neighboring cities.

In light of Saturday's theft, police have warned the public to stay alert of their surroundings and exercise caution when they're approached by people in an unfamiliar vehicle.

Anyone with information about this incident or other suspicious activity in the city 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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Gold necklaces taken from woman as she's out for a walk

Police release photo of vehicle involved in theft near Mitchell Park

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Mon, Oct 25, 2021, 7:01 pm

Palo Alto police are seeking the public's assistance in their investigation of the theft of gold necklaces along the roadside near Mitchell Park on Saturday afternoon.

The theft was reported to police around 4:40 p.m. on Oct. 23, when the city's 24-hour dispatch center took a call from a woman in her 70s who said her necklaces were stolen 45 minutes earlier while she was out on a walk with her husband, police said in a press release Monday.

The couple was in the 700 block of East Meadow Drive when they were approached by a vehicle carrying three people: a man in the driver's seat, a woman in the front passenger seat and a child under the age of 10 in the back seat.

After the driver stopped in front of the couple, the female passenger spoke to the older woman, who believed the passenger was speaking Urdu, according to police. The driver tried to distract the older woman's husband by speaking to him in English with a heavy accent.

Without getting out of the car, the female passenger then placed a gold necklace around the older woman's neck, as if she was giving the jewelry to her.

"The victim could not understand what the female suspect was saying to her during the interaction," according to the press release.

Roughly two minutes later, the driver left the area, heading west on East Meadow Drive towards Middlefield Road, police said. After the vehicle departed, the woman discovered that the female passenger had taken two gold necklaces from her neck as she placed the other one.

The female passenger was described as a woman in her 50s with a scarf over head and a face covering. She had a "darker" skin tone and was possibly of Middle Eastern or Romanian descent, according to police. The couple was unable to describe the driver.

The driver and female passenger never stepped out of their vehicle during their exchanges, police said.

The vehicle was an older model silver sedan. Officers searched for home surveillance cameras in the area and located one that captured an image of the car, according to police.

Investigators are looking into whether the case is similar to other ones in neighboring cities.

In light of Saturday's theft, police have warned the public to stay alert of their surroundings and exercise caution when they're approached by people in an unfamiliar vehicle.

Anyone with information about this incident or other suspicious activity in the city 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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Carla
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Downtown North
on Oct 26, 2021 at 2:03 pm
Carla, Downtown North
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on Oct 26, 2021 at 2:03 pm
Carol
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Old Palo Alto
on Oct 26, 2021 at 3:07 pm
Carol, Old Palo Alto
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on Oct 26, 2021 at 3:07 pm

Is there a way to report this without repeatedly use "older" woman? You provided her age, 71, and could easily refer to the woman in the car as the female "thief" or "passenger" for clarification. If you don't refer to other females in stories as young, middle aged, older, old, perhaps your rules need a rethink. This is mentioned in the friendliest way possible, btw. I relate, you see.


vmshadle
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Meadow Park
on Oct 27, 2021 at 11:24 am
vmshadle, Meadow Park
Registered user
on Oct 27, 2021 at 11:24 am

"Romanian" or "Romany?"


JB
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Evergreen Park
on Oct 30, 2021 at 6:51 pm
JB, Evergreen Park
Registered user
on Oct 30, 2021 at 6:51 pm

Wow, this is a new low. We have to be careful now just walking around. Sad.


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