Palo Alto woman finds burglar in her apartment — he was surprised to see her

The 300 block of Curtner Avenue is identified with arrows. Source: Google Maps.
The 300 block of Curtner Avenue is identified with arrows. Source: Google Maps.

By the Daily Post staff

A Palo Alto woman returned home to find a burglar inside her apartment. He shoved her and escaped on foot, and remains at large, police said in a statement today.

On Saturday (June 30) at 9:22 a.m., 911 dispatchers got a call reporting a burglary in progress at an apartment in the 300 block of Curtner Avenue. Officers responded immediately to the apartment. Police dogs from the Atherton Police Department and the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the search for the burglar, but could not locate him.

The victim, a woman in her 40s, had returned home after running an errand. She found her front door was unlocked and an interior light on. As she entered, she noticed her belongings had been rummaged through and saw a man she did not recognize in her apartment.

The burglar looked surprised to see her, and then pushed her into a wall causing her to fall as he fled on foot, police said. The woman sustained minor injuries on her arm from the suspect pushing her, but did not require medical treatment.

The victim described the burglar as a white male in his 20s, about 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing about 160 pounds. She said he had dark brown hair and was clean shaven. He was wearing gloves, a grey long-sleeved sweatshirt, and black pants. He escaped with jewelry and money from the apartment.

Police would like anyone with information about this incident to call them at (650) 329-2413.

Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to [email protected] or sent via text message or voicemail to 650-383-8984. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through the police department’s mobile app, downloadable at or