Police are investigating a series of home burglaries in Palo Alto over the past week that involved a boy around 10 years old, police said today.
"These particular burglaries are unique due to the fact that in two cases, a young juvenile enters the residence while an adult waits outside," police said.
In the first case, a resident of the 300 block of Embarcadero Road came home Friday night around midnight and found a young boy inside her house, police said. When he saw the homeowner, the boy fled through an open window.
No one else was seen in the area and it didn't appear that anything was taken from the house, police said.
At about 1:30 p.m. Monday, a boy with a similar description was seen at a home in the 400 block of Lytton Avenue. When the homeowner confronted the boy, he said he was trying to deliver carpet to a neighboring home.
The homeowner told police a man appeared to be waiting for the boy outside the house. In that case, a skateboard was missing from the home.
The latest incident occurred Tuesday at noon in the 700 block of East Charleston Road. The resident told police a boy with a similar description tried to enter his house through a side door but ran away when the boy saw him. The resident said he heard a group of Hispanic females outside the house as the boy fled.
The boy is described as Hispanic and about 10 years old, with long brown hair. He is about 5 feet tall and weighs about 100 pounds.
The second suspect accompanying the boy is described as a Hispanic man in his 20s, about 5 feet 4 inches tall and 120 pounds.
The last two crimes were not reported right away, police said. Residents are encouraged to notify police about suspicious activity as soon as possible by calling 911 in emergencies or (650) 329-2413 for non-urgent reports.
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