Palo Alto Crime Spree Sparks Community Meeting

Monday, Jan 17, 2011  |  Updated 5:00 PM PDT
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Palo Alto Crime Spree Sparks Community Meeting

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The Palo Alto Police Department will host a community meeting on Wednesday to discuss a recent string of robberies.

Twenty robberies have been reported since Sept. 20, police Lt. Sandra Brown said.

While the city's overall number of robberies is not particularly high in comparison to recent years, the latest robbery trend has residents concerned, Brown said.

The Midtown Residents Association called for the meeting, which will be held at 7 p.m. at the Cubberley Theater at 4000 Middlefield Road, Brown said.

"We want to let them know that we are investigating," Brown said. "We are making progress."

Of the 20 robberies, eight suspects have been arrested and six individual cases have been solved, Brown said.

The department realizes that the community is concerned, and the police chief has made the robbery trend the department's highest priority, Brown said.

In addition, the department is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect.

Anyone with information about the robberies is encouraged to call the Palo Alto Police Department tip line at (650) 329-2190, e-mail paloalto@tipnow.org, or text to (650) 383-8984.

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