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Chief’s Community Update
November 29, 2017

This weekly update will include information about the recent efforts of the police department and provide you with information regarding recent incidents, crime trends, and community resource information.  Please take a moment to search our website and take advantage of the features. 

Recent Events:
Robbery Arrest!

November 29, 2017 at 5:41pm on the 1700 East Bayshore Road:
Officers responded to reports of a strong arm robbery that occurred at a local café.  When the officers arrived on scene, they made contact with the victim who was uninjured.  The officers began an investigation and were able to identify a possible suspect.  The victim positively identified the suspect through the use of a photo array.  Several days later, the officers located the suspect and arrested him without incident.  The suspect was booked into the county jail on robbery charges and for other outstanding arrest warrants.    

Crime and Arrests: 

November 28, 2017 at 5:00pm on the 700 block of Donohoe Street:
(Occupied Stolen Vehicle/Arrest)
Officers responded to reports of an occupied stolen vehicle in the area.  The vehicle was reported stolen the previous day and the suspect was observed driving it.  The officers located the suspect and took him into custody without incident.  The suspect was arrested and booked into the county jail for possession of a stolen vehicle and the vehicle was returned to the victim.  

November 29, 2017 at 7pm on the 1700 block of East Bayshore Road: (Embezzlement/Arrest)  
Officers responded to meet with loss prevention agents from a local shopping center establishment.  The loss prevention agents concluded a month’s long internal theft investigation involving one of their employees who had embezzled money and merchandise. The crimes were all captured on video and the officers arrested the employee and booked her into the county jail.  

December 2, 2017 at 1:22am on the 2500 block of Hazelwood Way:
(Assault with a Deadly Weapon/Arrest)
Officers responded to reports of a subject with a knife attempting to stab the victim.  When the officers arrived on scene, they observed a subject attempting to flee from the location but they were able to detain them. The officers located the knife the suspect attempted to discard and conducted a welfare check on the victim.  They found her to be unharmed and they continued with their investigation.  The victim stated the suspect armed herself with a knife and attempted to stab her (the victim) during a heated argument.  The suspect was arrested and booked in the county jail.                


December 2017 Beat Meeting Schedule

Beat One & Beat Four
The Beat One & Four meeting has been cancelled due to the holiday toy drive.  If you wish to contribute, toys can be dropped off at 141 Demeter Street in East Palo Alto.  Checks can be written out to the Police Activities League [501c (3) EIN: 77-0157339]  

Beat Two
Date: Thursday, December 7, 2017
Time: 06:30 pm – 08:00 pm
Location: Ecumenical Hunger Program
(2411 Pulgas Avenue, EPA, CA 94303)

Beat Three
Date: Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Time: 06:30 pm – 08:00 pm
Location: Peninsula Park Apartments
(1977 Tate Street, EPA, CA 94303)

The Crime Prevention Newsletter is available on the city website at: 
http://www.ci.east-palo-alto.ca.us/DocumentCenter/View/3525


How to make an anonymous tip to the police:
When providing information to the police, we need specific information about the crime or criminal.  As an example, if you are reporting someone for dealing drugs, we need to know where and when they are selling the drugs, a detailed description of them (white female, blue jeans, red jacket, base ball cap), any description of a vehicle, and any other information you have about the crime.  While I don’t expect you to jeopardize your safety to get this information it is very important for us if we make an arrest.  Not only will your tip provide us with accurate information about the suspect, we are able to serve as a witness to the crime and we can testify in court.  Please use these options for providing an anonymous tip.

You can make an anonymous tip to the police by calling or texting to (650) 409-6792. 


Wanted Persons:  

We have several photographs of wanted suspects on the website for the community to view.  To see the photographs, please select the “Wanted Persons” tab, click on the RED “Wanted Persons” icon to view the information.  If you see any of the “Wanted” individuals, DO NOT attempt to contact them.  Please call 9-1-1 and report the information and the police department will investigate the information you provide.


Crime Trends:

Theft from cars and homes: Cases of suspects entering cars and residence through unlocked windows or doors when the owners are absent are increasing.  The suspects often search through the car or residence and take small items of value (cash, jewelry, electronic devices) that are easy to sell.  Please lock your car and residence when you leave.  If you want to leave a window ajar for ventilation, it is recommended that you use a locking device to prevent access.  If you notice anyone suspicious loitering in the area please call us at (650) 321-1112 or 9-1-1 in case of emergency.