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Suspects escape after burglary in Palo Verde neighborhood

Original post made on Mar 25, 2014

Palo Alto police surrounded a Palo Verde home for five hours after receiving a report of forced entry Monday night but officers were ultimately unable to find the suspects, who had apparently fled just before the police arrived.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 8:59 AM

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Posted by Jes' Sayin'
a resident of Bailey Park
on Mar 25, 2014 at 11:20 am

Where the heck is Palo Verde? People in Mountain View don't know that. Poorly contextualized story.

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Posted by jane
a resident of North Whisman
on Mar 25, 2014 at 2:34 pm

actually, because I know the Palo Verde neighborhood this immediately caught my eye. Living in Mountain View does not exclude knowledge of other neighborhoods, and news like this is important to share. Scary crime and more than the PAPD were involved in the incident.

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Posted by Jay Park
a resident of Jackson Park
on Mar 25, 2014 at 2:46 pm

@Jes' Sayin'

Just because *YOU* (or any other single individual) don't know the name of a particular neighborhood does not make it a detail that is worthless to report. The street block was mentioned in the subsequent paragraph, which is perfectly adequate in providing additional context.

Some people in Mountain View know where Palo Verde is, just like they might know where Professorville is, or the Mission District/Jackson Square/China Basin are in San Francisco.

And guess what? *Now* you know where the Palo Verde neighborhood is, you actually learned something because Embarcadero Media published something you didn't know. What do you expect from the media? For them to only publish topics with which you are perfectly familiar?

The media is not your mom cooking you your favorite breakfast.

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Posted by Happy
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Mar 25, 2014 at 3:19 pm

I'm just happy these people went back outside to call 911 instead of trying to confront them. Happy they are OK. Lots of time wasted, maybe they didn't know, but why didn't they tell the police that the video was not live? I know when I'm looking at a live video when monitoring my alarm/camera...

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Posted by Jay Park
a resident of Jackson Park
on Mar 25, 2014 at 4:07 pm

Who knows? Maybe the victims weren't too familiar with all of the nuances of the recording system. Maybe the system is poorly designed. Maybe the victims only had the system for a short while. Maybe they were just too caught up in the emotions of the crime to think rationally. Maybe the clock wasn't correctly set on the recording device.

While it's a shame that immediate apprehension did not occur in this case, the surveillance technology does provide evidence to help identify and prosecute the perpetrators. Without it, there would be no visual description of the suspects.

Let us hope this occurrence helps the police refine their procedures in dealing with a surveillance system that was set up by someone else.

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Posted by Jes' Sayin'
a resident of Bailey Park
on Mar 26, 2014 at 1:45 am

"Doesn't Get It" award to Jay Park.

The comment wasn't saying that they shouldn't include it.
The comment was saying that they shouldn't just take a story from the Palo Alto paper and slap it into the Mountain View paper and assume we're gonna make sense of these sloppy second without further explanation. But then, this is what happens when people try to put out a Mountain View newspaper when they aren't even located in our community.

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Posted by Jay Park
a resident of Jackson Park
on Mar 26, 2014 at 9:10 am

The first words in the article are "Palo Alto police"… It's pretty clear that this incident took place in Palo Alto.

Criminals typically do not confine their activities to just one municipality. If a burglary takes place in Palo Alto, it is newsworthy to residents on the Peninsula, not just to Palo Altans.

City newspapers do not only write articles about events or people that happen within city limits. People commute to and from cities. This is probably news to you: there are people from San Francisco who work in Mountain View. A city newspaper writes about topics relevant to residents, workers, etc.

Embarcadero Media did not post an article about a Palo Alto city ballot measure or something to do with their city council. A residential burglary in a nearby town is relevant.

It's worth noting that you are the only person griping about the way this article was written.

Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.

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