PALO ALTO – According to the Palo Alto Police Department, a suspect entered an occupied residence while the occupants slept and stole a few items before escaping undetected.
Investigation into the incident revealed that on Sunday, June 12, 2016, at about 2:00 a.m., a resident living on the 3400 block of Kenneth Drive reported that an unknown suspect had entered the residence through a sliding glass door taking with them her purse, cell phone and charger.
According to police, the female victim learned of the crime when a Good Samaritan knocked on her door at 8:50 a.m. and returned her purse which had been thrown haphazardly along the street after the suspect took cash from it
The victim told police that she had left her purse in the hallway before heading to bed. The victim told police once she realized she was burglarized she had checked her home for any other items that might have gone missing.
The female victim has a grown son that lives with her, but he was also unaware of any other missing items.
According to the PAPD, “Overnight burglaries of occupied homes occur infrequently in Palo Alto; this is the first such case since May 2015, and only the fifth case since July 2012.”
Police recommend that residents lock and secure all doors and windows overnight. For a list of other crime prevention tips, visit their website at www.cityofpaloalto.org/StopCrime.
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