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Menlo Park police arrest alleged looters en route to Stanford Shopping Center

Original post made on Jun 1, 2020

Menlo Park police officers on the lookout for looters Sunday night arrested two men who were allegedly headed to Stanford Shopping Center while in possession of a stolen cash register and clothing.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, June 1, 2020, 9:51 AM

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43 people like this
Posted by Hulkamania
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jun 1, 2020 at 10:34 am

Good catch!!


25 people like this
Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jun 1, 2020 at 10:47 am

YEAH! - One of the biggest problems from my perspective is that we have everyone closed up so there is no foot traffic at these locations. We have created the incentive for people to go to luxury locations and they are aware that no one is there. We in part have created this mess. We need to open our shopping locations so that the foot traffic will dissuade any young, burgeoning boy and girl gangsters and adult gangsters to some degree. We need to open up and have security at these locations.


35 people like this
Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 1, 2020 at 10:56 am

Agreement with Resident 1 above and as a follow up statement we as a society are going stir crazy. Nothing to do, the Devil finds things for idle hands to do.

No new movies, no sports, no bars, so the latest attractive pastime is protesting (no problem) and rioting (big problem and very little to do with protesting) and looting, criminal activity.


74 people like this
Posted by Thank you
a resident of University South
on Jun 1, 2020 at 11:15 am

Thank you to all the law enforcement that helped keep our community safe last night. We appreciate all that you do.


61 people like this
Posted by Family Friendly
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jun 1, 2020 at 11:34 am

Thank you, Facebook and Twitter, for allowing people to organize with others sharing the same interests... like looting.


6 people like this
Posted by Member
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jun 1, 2020 at 1:09 pm

apparently this is on for tonight. recruiting local kids via social media. university and Stanford mall


55 people like this
Posted by Menlo Park Resident
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jun 1, 2020 at 1:31 pm

The 23 year old parolee committed a violent armed robbery at age 19 in San Francisco in which three women were robbed at gunpoint in broad daylight. Why is this criminal out on parole, disrupting society and interfering with peaceful protests? Why did the paper omit this relevant and readily available information? While I respect the paper's policy not to reveal a suspects name, omitting facts undermines the public's faith in its journalism. Here's a link to a news article containing a video of the armed robbery.
Web Link


17 people like this
Posted by Small Business Owner
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jun 1, 2020 at 5:41 pm

These are the real "rogue" people, ok Palo Alto Weekly! Not business owners who are just trying to keep their businesses open and alive even though against the shelter-in-place order. This is the real "rogue". Not gallery owners.


13 people like this
Posted by local citizen
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jun 1, 2020 at 9:29 pm

The problem is, we can no longer believe police when they say a person was resisting arrest. Too many videos have surfaced of police brutality and lies when the person of interest was doing nothing significant other than showing the color of their skin.

Trust in police is zero and they have themselves to blame for that.


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Posted by Rosebud
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 1, 2020 at 11:21 pm

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15 people like this
Posted by The Complete Picture
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jun 2, 2020 at 9:20 am

quote: "The 23 year old parolee committed a violent armed robbery at age 19 in San Francisco in which three women were robbed at gunpoint in broad daylight. Why is this criminal out on parole, disrupting society and interfering with peaceful protests?

>>> Primarily due to overcrowded jails, youthful age at the time of arrest/conviction, lenient diversion programs and over-idealistic rehabilitation expectations.

Once a criminal, there is a predisposition to remain a criminal as it is in the genes (along with a questionable upbringing & social background).

quote: "The problem is, we can no longer believe police when they say a person was resisting arrest. Too many videos have surfaced of police brutality and lies when the person of interest was doing nothing significant other than showing the color of their skin.

Trust in police is zero and they have themselves to blame for that.

>>> Police bodycams that mysteriously malfunction during the time of an arrest often leads to this suspicion along with one-sided police reports. Fortunately (and in certain instances) there are citizens armed with cellphone cameras to capture what actually occurred.

This is not a good-guy/bad guy issue as both sides are (in many instances)...BAD.


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Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jun 2, 2020 at 9:38 am

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9 people like this
Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jun 2, 2020 at 9:46 am

Hiking friend went to Rancho San Antonio at 6:45 AM and the parking lot was full and the place was popping. People are going nuts and have no way to work off their energy, stress, anxiety, and blow-up of their careers. We have set this all in motion by derailing everyone. Yes Covid is there but all of the other factors are also there. Time to turn on the place again. We need our Supply Chains intact and working or we will tear down the whole economy. We have reached the tipping point.


8 people like this
Posted by Connie Sage
a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 2, 2020 at 4:22 pm

If businesses DO open before there is evidence of decrease in COVID19 cases and deaths in the Bay area, would it be possible for people to wear masks to protect others, and to protect healthcare workers who they would expose if they get infected? Would that be too much to ask? Asking for, you know... a friend.


15 people like this
Posted by Resident.
a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 2, 2020 at 6:29 pm

I think takes more than stir-craziness for arson, assault and robbery. These people has always had this potential. The question is what or who has activated them? The problem is bigger and more complicated than just being stuck at home.


9 people like this
Posted by DTNResident
a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 2, 2020 at 6:29 pm

The state of Georgia has been open for 6 weeks. Cases are about steady, deaths are down to about half the number before their 3 week lockdown.

They have a Republican governor who refused to let their counties run amok. Deaths are down, as are ours. There's no reason to continue it when the states that stopped theirs saw no rebound.


10 people like this
Posted by Novelera
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 2, 2020 at 7:46 pm

Interesting comment thread. Seems heavily weighted toward people resenting shelter in place.

I am also grateful for the skillful coordination and subsequent apprehension of individuals planning to loot stores at Stanford Shopping Center.

Frankly, it makes my blood boil that some individuals are corrupting the message being sent by the peaceful protesters. Seeing that video of the white officer leaning on the neck of an unresisting black man outraged me. The vest majority of people in the streets are exercising their 1st amendment rights of assembly.

Those of you grousing about officials who have used science-based evidence supporting social isolation are really off base. Apparently you're champing at the bit to be out and about; and, if you inadvertently infect another person, well, no skin off your noses.


1 person likes this
Posted by Resident
a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 2, 2020 at 9:22 pm

Good thing the entire city population were quaking in our boots inside our homes starting 8:30 pm. We sure were safe.


2 people like this
Posted by Trader Jim
a resident of Los Altos
on Jun 2, 2020 at 9:46 pm

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6 people like this
Posted by Jesse B
a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 2, 2020 at 11:24 pm

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5 people like this
Posted by Dtrump
a resident of Community Center
on Jun 3, 2020 at 2:10 am

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16 people like this
Posted by No to Anarchy
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jun 3, 2020 at 3:17 am

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We need our law enforcement, the majority are good people serving the community. The law enforcement critics are too cowardly to become police officers so they sit behind their computers and criticize. What would you do if someone is breaking into your house and there is no police to call? They risk their lives for us strangers on a daily basis and should be appreciated, it's a tough job.

If the suspects would just listen to their orders, things would not escalate. I saw the officers pulling Floyd out of his vehicle. I saw Eric Garner ignoring the orders and lying to the police. I watched Rodney King speeding in a car away from police. All of them had prior convictions.

Policemen are not robocops, they are human beings with emotions who protect us every day. If you think you can do better than them, sign up here, they are constantly seeking new officers: Web Link


15 people like this
Posted by Jesse B
a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 3, 2020 at 3:15 pm

Wait why don't they mention the suspect's race? They mention gender after all, why not race?


4 people like this
Posted by Fact - Racism
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jun 3, 2020 at 6:16 pm

Sure we need law enforcement, but there has been study after study proving that people of color are far more likely to be maltreated for behaviors that white folks commit too. This is fact, not conjecture.

Even in Minnesota, they found most police brutality was white on black. If you rush to defend the white and blame the black, you have racist tendencies. Another fact to examine.

We need serious police reform from outsiders before anyone should give their full trust to the police.

Why the heck are we still reading about pepper spray on peaceful protestors and even children?

Why were the anti-stay-at-home crowd treated so kindly, and the anti-racism crowd given the full military press?

So disappointed in the human race. Love my dog even more.


3 people like this
Posted by Ryan
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 4, 2020 at 2:34 pm

While there may be some people who loot businesses as a form of violent social protest, there are others who may take advantage of the situation for personal gain. Obama made a post on his Instagram that summarizes his view on the violent protests and his recommendations for how people can improve the current racism through the political system. Check it out if you have time!


4 people like this
Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 4, 2020 at 7:49 pm

Posted by No to Anarchy, a resident of Palo Alto High School

>> We need our law enforcement,

We need law enforcement that respects the rule of law. We don't need law enforcement that breaks the law.

> They risk their lives for us strangers on a daily basis and should be appreciated, it's a tough job.

>> If the suspects would just listen to their orders, things would not escalate.

The one goes with the other. Police are well paid and demand respect. It is tough job. Fine, but, job one is not losing your cool if someone resists or talks back. Their mantra should be "Lose your cool, lose your job". Their job is not to play judge, jury, and executioner.


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