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MV police aid in Palo Alto manhunt

Original post made on Oct 6, 2010

Palo Alto police were out in force Tuesday night -- including the use of a Santa Clara County sheriff's helicopter -- to hunt down the thief of a Droid smartphone. Officers from Mountain View and Los Altos aided in the manhunt.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, October 6, 2010, 11:38 AM

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Posted by Been
a resident of Cuernavaca
on Oct 6, 2010 at 1:04 pm

What!? No one called the National Guard?

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Posted by Not the Droids you're looking for
a resident of Stierlin Estates
on Oct 6, 2010 at 1:26 pm

Shouldn't they still have every available officer looking for him? After all, it wasn't just a phone. It was a Droid smartphone.

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Posted by Jes' Sayin'
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Oct 6, 2010 at 2:21 pm

Was it Jobs' phone or what? How much do you have to pay to get the helicopter involved in your perp search?

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Posted by jupiterk
a resident of Gemello
on Oct 6, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Helicopter? How ridiculous is our police dept? How about 100 officers working overtime for the next year to find this smartphone, morons? Who is running all these? Fire everyone if they are this stupid? Oh, sorry I forgot, our city council is also run by the same kind.

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Posted by Brent
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Oct 6, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Obviously it was a quiet night ...

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Posted by Ron Avey
a resident of Jackson Park
on Oct 6, 2010 at 3:03 pm

There's gotta be more to this than we're being told. Maybe law enforcement was looking for something else and is using this as a cover story. Maybe there was something on that phone that was more than personally critical. Consider the cost of the search vs the cost of that phone -- they could have taken up a collection to buy a new one and spent their time enriching donut shops. There seems to have been no violence reported in the loss of he phone.

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Posted by Jes Curios
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Oct 6, 2010 at 3:38 pm

What is this really all about? Did it say police from 3 different communities and a helicopter were used to track down someone who stole a phone? WOW. Kinda makes ya wonder who is minding the store when something like this takes place. Am I really that much safer or do I live next door to the droid bandit?

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Posted by Dave
a resident of Shoreline West
on Oct 6, 2010 at 4:25 pm

Does this mean the Stanford Ave Starbucks was left unprotected by the four PAPD cars usually parked there?

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Posted by troo
a resident of Rex Manor
on Oct 6, 2010 at 7:10 pm

I really find it hard to believe no one can look at this in a more comprehensive manner. Anyone who will take such extraordinary measures to evade police for stealing a phone could very well be a felon on the run, maybe an escaped convict. What grief the police would take if they let off and that man on the run then took hostages, committed a more serious crime. Should police "not" consider these things. The resources were already in place, there was no reason not to use them and many reasons to do so. Kudos to the police and whoever authorized their use in this manner. I am not a policeman.

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Posted by Dana
a resident of another community
on Oct 6, 2010 at 7:42 pm

you are kidding me, a helicopter to find a cell phone thief?

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Posted by USA
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Oct 6, 2010 at 8:41 pm

USA is a registered user.

The Droid has GPS. They could have called Verizon and asked where he was.

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Posted by Navy_Gunner
a resident of Stierlin Estates
on Oct 6, 2010 at 9:45 pm

Obviously there's more to this than the public is being told. The problem is the public thinks they are entitled to know everything, even if it jeopardizes saftey and/or lives! If you've never been in law enforcement (most people haven't), then you have no understanding of the dangers of being a Police Officer, and the mental & physical toll it takes on you, and your family (everytime they approach a vehicle on a "routine" traffic stop, they know it could be the last thing they do in life; try dealing with just that on a daily basis several times a day, wondering if today is the day you die)! Police Officers in America are at risk 24/7. Police in America are murdered on a near daily basis, and are attacked (often with substantial and/or serious injuries) daily! If you had ANY clue of what Police Officers deal with DAILY (felons, muderers, rapists, gang bangers, child molesters [no, they're NOT in prison, it's called parole!]) you would have a much greater appreciation for their sacrifice!! And give them a break for meeting at Starbucks, that could very well be the ONLY time they've had to take a rest between calls. I know you think no crime happens in MV, PA, LA because you don't see it, ever wonder why you don't SEE it?!?! Because the Police are doing their jobs and keeping you safe from the criminals BEFORE you and/or your family are attacked, raped, and murdered (look at what happened to the Petit family in Connecticut in 2007, one of the murdering rapist/child-rapists was just convicted). Until you've done the job, be thankful for those willing to die for YOUR safety!!

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Posted by Litsa
a resident of Monta Loma
on Oct 7, 2010 at 8:13 am

I guess this must have been the droid they are looking for.

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Posted by cboozb
a resident of Shoreline West
on Oct 7, 2010 at 10:18 am

Dear Navy_Gunner:
Obviously, you do know what's going on. When you found out, let us know-as long as it doesn't jeapordize public safety.

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Posted by lol
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Oct 8, 2010 at 3:38 am

wasnt there an armed robbery at a shell station on embarcadero, i guess the helicopter wasnt needed then....

so Navy_gunner pipe down

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Posted by Thrifty
a resident of Rex Manor
on Oct 8, 2010 at 6:49 am

As a local resident, I am concerned about the waste of taxpayer money on the seemingly excessive response in using a helicopter to hunt down a Droid thief. This in a year when there were so much budget cuts and service fees increases? Please don't get carried away with your fancy gadgets.

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Posted by Gerard
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Oct 8, 2010 at 10:34 am

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Posted by MV Resident
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Oct 10, 2010 at 11:42 pm

Obviously just using up excess cash in the budget before year end, to make it necessary to ask for as much next year.

How about this brilliant idea: lease the helicopter to the Oakland PD, where it would be put into service every night hunting down killers and thugs. Or would that be too insensitive? Maybe we should have a ballot initiative and town halls first, I'm sure someone will take offense at actually doing something about thuggery.

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Posted by Daval
a resident of another community
on Oct 11, 2010 at 1:46 am

Navy_gunner, well said! And to all you hypocrites mocking our brave police officers do time there is a violent felon armed with a gun entering your home and putting the life of your loved ones in danger, instead of calling the police, why don't you guys deal with the criminal yourselves!
You have absolutely no idea what you are talking about.

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Posted by lol
a resident of St. Francis Acres
on Oct 14, 2010 at 6:57 am

dear Daval,
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