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Palo Alto Police Department
Thursday July 12th, 2018 :: 05:38 p.m. PDT


Burglar Escapes After Resident Catches Him in Home

A resident encountered a burglar inside her home Tuesday morning. Upon being confronted, the suspect fled and is currently at large.

On July 10, 2018, at around 11:36 a.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a call of a burglary in progress in the 4000 block of Wilkie Way. The female resident reported that an unknown man had entered her home and then ran away when he saw her. Officers arrived and conducted a search with a police canine, but were unable to locate the suspect.

Preliminary investigation revealed the woman heard her doorbell ring at around 11:30 a.m. and saw that a person was standing in front of the door. The person also knocked, but the resident chose not to answer the door, and returned to another area of the house. Shortly, thereafter, the victim encountered a man standing in her living room. She yelled at him to get out of her house, at which time the suspect fled.

It appears the suspect entered through an unlocked sliding back door. He did not take any belongings and his whereabouts are unknown. The victim described the suspect as a Hispanic male, between 17 to 21 years old. He was around 5 feet 8 to 11, weighing 150 pounds and was wearing a grey baseball style hat. Police do not anticipate releasing a sketch related to this incident. Detectives are actively investigating whether this incident is related to an interrupted residential burglary that occurred on the 300 block of Curtner Avenue on June 30, 2018.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call our 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to or sent via text message or voicemail to 650-383-8984. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through our free mobile app, downloadable at or

Palo Alto Police Department
275 Forest Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 650-329-2406

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