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Palo Alto police report string of 'dinner time' residential burglaries, warning residents to be vigilant

Original post made on Nov 7, 2022

The Palo Alto Police Department is warning residents of a new crime trend in which burglars are breaking into homes during the evening hours and stealing jewelry and other valuable belongings.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, November 6, 2022, 6:55 PM

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Posted by Helen Podesta
a resident of Community Center
on Nov 7, 2022 at 8:02 am

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> "Police believe the same crew of two to four suspects are involved,"

If such is the case, why are the vehicles described in these incidents all different?

Wouldn't this imply that the perpetrators are varied?


Posted by TLM
a resident of Barron Park
on Nov 7, 2022 at 10:23 am

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Grey sedan seen in the earlier cases. White SUV described for the most recent cases. Not "all different" vehicles...


Posted by WhatAboutme
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 7, 2022 at 10:32 am

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"Police believe the same crew of two to four suspects are involved, describing them as Hispanic males in their 20s and wearing hooded sweatshirts, face coverings and gloves."

This is why I believe 2 different vehicles -- 2-4 subjects = 2 cars.


Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 7, 2022 at 11:10 am

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So does this mean that people are being targeted while they are away from home for dinner? Or are they eating dinner at home while this is happening?

Could they be watching people leave at the dinner hour and suppose they will be gone for an hour or two?

Could they be looking at people who regularly eat out on certain days by watching their patterns of leaving the house?

If people are home eating dinner while this happens it is particularly worrying.


Posted by Nancy Ng
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Nov 7, 2022 at 11:16 am

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How can anyone identify a hooded person with mask as gloves as Hispanic?


Posted by Aletheia
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Nov 7, 2022 at 12:43 pm

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Release the videos anyway. Body shapes, gait, etc. can help identify individuals. Who at PAPD decided the videos wouldn’t help? The new Chief?


Posted by mary ann
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Nov 7, 2022 at 4:52 pm

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We are one of the homeowners hit by these men and I can say ours was after 9 pm closer to 10 pm. We left home for out of town trip on a Sunday about 12:30 pm and we packed up inside the garage. So we don’t think anyone was watching us leave. I’m not sure if it was random or what as we are almost always home Sunday night. The three men wearing masks and hoodies walked by cameras and alarm signs outside, yet they didn’t care as long as they thought the house was empty. Unfortunately our back gate was left unlocked, but we thought it was locked when we left home. Another mistake was our inside light on a timer and was off? Once in the backyard they picked a patio French door to break. The alarm sounded and they still came in and moved quickly to the MBR area. Since we were robbed almost 7 years ago we don’t leave valuables out. They took some costume jewelry, old purses and a few family mementos in the couple minutes they were in the house. The cops arrive soon after they left and they took photos of the mess to show us by e mail. We arrived back home as soon as we could to secure the house. The cops took many photos that our video cameras recorded of the men outside . Our neighbor’s camera down the street recorded the car circling the street waiting to pick up the 3 men. I’m hoping this helps other people to avoid a burglary. Neighbors if you’re walking your dog or just getting home from a evening outing notice other cars in your street that don’t normally belong there.


Posted by Annette
a resident of College Terrace
on Nov 7, 2022 at 5:39 pm

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@Mary Ann - thank you for that report. All the best to you as you recover from this invasion.


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