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News - May 27, 2022

Police warn elderly residents of jewelry-theft scheme after third incident comes to light

Investigators look into whether crimes are related

by Bay City News Service

Palo Alto police are looking into whether a third roadside jewelry theft reported this week is connected to two other similar incidents that took place earlier this month and in late October.

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Posted by Heckity
a resident of Barron Park
on May 26, 2022 at 3:59 am

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Posted by James Lassiter
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on May 26, 2022 at 10:38 am

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"...in a language she thought was Urdu and the other in heavily accented English."

"She said the suspect had "darker" skin and was possibly of Middle Eastern or Romanian heritage."

^ These are Romani descriptions, an Indo-Aryan ethnicity from Eastern Europe.

Commonly known as gypsys (a politically incorrect pejorative), they are not to be be mistaken with the Romanian people who have an entirely different language.

Posted by Sheryl Johnston
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on May 26, 2022 at 12:16 pm

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Though the Romani people have been characterized throughout history as nomadic swindlers and thieves, not all of them fall into this category.

The pejorative term 'gypsy' was origionally coined from the word 'gyp' (to get ripped off or taken in by a scam) and all things considered, 'figurative' gypsys come in all shapes and colors.

Posted by john_alderman
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 26, 2022 at 5:21 pm

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@Sheryl Johnston - You have it backwards, gyp is derived from Gypsy which is derived from Egyptian which is where the Romani people were mistakenly believed to originate from in the middle ages.

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