35 guns stolen from home as family sleeps

This car is believed to have been used by burglars who took guns from a house on Garland Drive. Surveillance photo courtesy of Palo Alto police.

Daily Post Staff Writer

Burglars broke into a Palo Alto home and stole 35 guns while a family of four slept, police said.

The burglars got away after breaking into the home’s garage sometime before 6:46 a.m. on Tuesday in the 700 block of Garland Drive, near Greene Middle School, according to a statement from police.

They stole four gun cabinets containing 35 firearms — rifles, shotguns and two pistols, police said. The guns were either family heirlooms or used for hunting, police said.

All were registered and unloaded. Three of the four cabinets were locked, according to police.
No ammunition was stolen.

Police said video surveillance in the area shows a car near the residence at 4:24 a.m. that may have belonged to the burglars. A victim at the house, a man in his 50s, reported the robbery to police, but he said the car pictured in the security footage could not have carried all four gun cabinets.

Police said that the burglars could have made multiple trips to and from the house or that other vehicles may have been used for the robbery.

Police said the robbers likely did not enter the parts of the house where the family slept.