Youths break into house, rob woman and take her car

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By the Daily Post staff

Palo Alto police are looking for two youths who broke into a Midtown home earlier today (May 21), robbed a woman inside and fled in her white Honda Civic.

The pair kicked in a side door of the Eichler in the 900 block of Colorado Avenue at 12:40 p.m. and startled a 71-year-old woman inside. They demanded personal items including the jewelry she was wearing and money. Police said the two didn’t threaten the woman or display any weapons.

Then they went to the garage and took her white 2004 four-door Honda Civic with a California license plate of 5JUD666.

The woman wasn’t harmed in the home invasion robbery.

Police, when they arrived at about 12:45 p.m., searched the area but couldn’t find the pair.

The victim said they drove east on Colorado Avenue in the direction of Highway 101. The 900 block of Colorado Avenue is between Louis and Greer roads.

A neighbor told police that at about the time of the home invasion, she saw a silver 2000 Toyota Corolla speed east down the street, according to police radio transmissions. Police ran the Corolla’s plates and discovered it had been reported stolen in San Jose on Monday (May 20).

It wasn’t immediately known how the Corolla fits into the story, though it’s possible that the robbers took that car to the Colorado Avenue home, and one of them drove it away while the other fled in the woman’s Civic.

The victim described both suspects as Hispanic, between 17 to 19 years old, 5 feet 7 with a thin build, and short dark hair.

Police are asking anyone with information about the case 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.


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  1. What’s worrisome about this incident is that it happened in the middle of the day. These guys were not concerned about whether they’d confront somebody inside the house, they just broke in.

    • What concerns me is more of these crimes are happening, and will continue to happen. Report ALL suspicious persons/cars in your area- do not fear “appearing xenophobic” or “racist” it is not the time for niceties but for logic. An obese Caucasian would be out of place in that neighborhood as well. My mother’s house was just a block from where this happened- my siblings are in PA & I am concerned over the increase in violent crime increasing in this lovely area. It angers me, that people worked very hard to afford to live here, and avoid the crime and filth, yet somehow it has worked its way into such a nice area and to very, very nice people. Shame!!

    • T100 probably not. Unfortunately, these scum no good and well PA’s are “easy” and that no one in that area has a weapon. They know Palo Altans are nice, too trusting. I would be quite surprised if I found out anyone within five miles of her address owns one either. Guns aren’t “bad”, nor evil, yes they are dangerous but in trained, sober hands they are a lifesaver against bad, evil persons who may take your life if given the chance. Guns aren’t wonderful, but they are the sole answer to another bad person who has one.

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