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Palo Alto police nab 2 men in connection with Safeway robbery

Original post made on Mar 3, 2020

Palo Alto police have arrested two of the three men who they say were responsible for robbing the Safeway in Midtown at gunpoint in January and making off with prescription drugs, according to a news release from the department.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, March 3, 2020, 4:27 PM

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Posted by Filing Charges
a resident of another community
on Mar 3, 2020 at 4:51 pm

The PAPD had an "arrest warrant" to pickup the first guy on 2/15. That means the D.A.'s office reviewed the case, filed charges and prepared the warrant for the judge to sign. Since the 2nd guy was picked up 10 days later and arrested "at a resident"[sic],a warrant would most likely have been required then as well, and was probably obtained in the same manner as the first. Sounds like charges were filed to me. Go ahead, Editor, and release the names and booking photos. We're all grown-ups here. We can handle it.


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Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown North
on Mar 3, 2020 at 5:30 pm

What drugs did they steal? For personal use or is there some kind of black market in prescription drugs?


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Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 3, 2020 at 6:26 pm

Brilliant ... so glad to hear this. Great job PAPD!


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Posted by another satisfied customer
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 4, 2020 at 1:45 am

Hint to first comment: read the PAPD "press release" referenced in first paragraph.
Perhaps the 22-year-old man without a permanent address deserves one soon.


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Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 4, 2020 at 8:34 am

YEAH - thank you to the PAPD. What we know now is that Palo Alto is more than a cute, urban area around a major university. It appears in papers all of the time - WSJ, NYT, and is a target for a growing number of aggressive, ugly crimes. We need to make sure that our PAPD is fully funded to have good, qualified people here to address the types of crimes we keep reading about. We need to be on top of our game here.


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Posted by Adam
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 4, 2020 at 8:43 am

Waste of space. Good work PAPD.


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Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 4, 2020 at 10:21 am

Other legal / financial issues are taking place here. Relative in San Diego is in the REPO business - non-payment of car loans, SUV loans, RV loans. This is a big business.

Abandoned car on your street? Any number of reasons but hiding the car away from the listed residential address of the car is a clue to something that is not right. Older car - may have been handed into the State to get the $1,000 payment then resold within 10 days. Now the new person cannot make the payments on a new loan and is hiding it.

RV's moving all over the state? Potential problem of lack of payment on loan. Keep that RV moving so the real owner - the loan company - cannot find it.

There are a lot of financial issues floating around now, including parking cars on church parking lots.
All of these are legal and financial issues that the police are helping on. Thank you.


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Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 4, 2020 at 12:26 pm

Note that there are no RV's on El Camino in Menlo Park, Atherton, RWC, San Mateo. Those cities are really tight on the show of control over the cities. That control translates to a more vigorous enforcement of law and order. A lesson for cities in Santa Clara County. Enforce the visible effects of law and order and you will then help in alleviating the more obvious small crimes which translate as laxity in the enforcement of law and order. We do not want to project laxity to minor felons who are running around looking for a mark. A series of broken car windows, people accosted on the street, etc. Once you show laxity then the felons will push their advantages.


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Posted by Eradication Measures Needed
a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 4, 2020 at 2:49 pm

>> "Enforce the visible effects of law and order and you will then help in alleviating the more obvious small crimes which translate as laxity in the enforcement of law and order. "

^^^Right on! And it starts with the PACC enacting strict city ordinances to:

(1) Tow ALL of the dilapidated homeless RVs off the streets & impound them with costly recovery & towing fees. And if the fees cannot be paid, either confiscate the vehicles or give the inhabitants 24 hours to leave the city. If the vehicle is non-operational or non-registered, CONFISCATE & give the inhabitants a one-way VTA bus pass to another city in the county. Their choice as to where to get off.

(2) Round up ALL of the homeless derelicts (with mental illness and/or substance abuse issues) off the Palo Alto streets and arrest them for vagrancy. Book them ALL into the San Jose Main Jail & let Santa Clara County Corrections deal with them.

(3) Done deal as the KEY is to let these individuals know that they are NOT WELCOME in Palo Alto in any shape, form or function.


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Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 4, 2020 at 3:45 pm

I do know that RV's were parking in the RWC KMART parking lot. And KMART was then experiencing theft. They had to put a security person in the door area to check outgoing merchandise. Now that KMART is closing. The police provided a notification letter to parked RV's as to where they were suppose to be and for how long without moving.That ended the RV's in the parking lot. RWC controlled the situation to an extent. The RV's are on the street next to KMART but there is a RV fix-it location in the area so that makes some sense - a commercial area for repair and maintenance. The RV's are not in a residential area.

That is contrast to Santa Clara County which is not effectively containing the RV's out of residential areas. this county needs to get it's act together and establish RV's in commercial areas near markets and have sanitary locations. Why do two counties which are next to each other have such different approaches to these issues?

It is a degree of laxity in enforcing law and order in the day to day activities so that minor felons do not feel empowered to run amuck and create chaos.


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