By the Daily Post staff
A burglar broke into a Palo Alto home while a woman was sleeping and stole her car, police said.
Police are looking for the burglar who drove away with the woman’s light blue 2001 Toyota Prius with several bumper stickers on the rear bumper following the break-in on Thursday morning between 3:30 and 9:30.
The resident told police she went to bed at about 3:30 a.m. Thursday and her Prius was parked in the driveway at that time.
At about 9:30 a.m., the victim went downstairs and discovered the rear door to her home was open. She saw that some closet doors were left open as well, and that her desktop computer had been unplugged. She then noticed that her car was no longer in the driveway, that the car keys were missing, and that a digital camera was gone as well.
Police said the burglar got into the house through the rear door, which had been left unlocked.
Police checked with neighbors but weren’t able to find any home surveillance video of the burglary and car theft.
Burglaries of homes with people inside are rare in Palo Alto, police said. Only four have been reported this year.
Most residential burglars commit their crimes during the day, when homes are more likely to be unoccupied and the chance of a confrontation with a resident are less likely.
Police say that if you have a side yard gate, put a lock on it to prevent easy unauthorized access to your property. Police also recommend securing all windows and doors overnight.
For more crime prevention tips to help you stay safe, go to the Police Department’s Crime Prevention Tips page.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call police at (650) 329-2413. Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to [email protected] or sent via text message or voice mail to (650) 383-8984.