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* Teen Arrested After Alleged Burglary and Running from Police in Palo Alto

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A 17-year-old boy was arrested Thursday afternoon after allegedly burglarizing a home in Palo Alto and then running from police. Around 1:20 p.m., the teen burglarized a home in the 900 block of Oregon Avenue. The suspect entered the residence by climbing through an unlocked window, which set off the house’s burglar alarm, police said. A neighbor called police after hearing the alarm. Police checked the area near the house and found a bicycle parked in nearby bushes. A neighbor told police that someone had put laptop computers, a purse and jewelry in their yard. Officers checked the area near the laptops and spotted a suspect ducked down in a yard on the block.

The suspect then fled, leading police on a chase north on Louis Road, then left onto Garland Drive, then into backyards in the 800 block of Garland Drive, police said. Police set up a perimeter to catch the suspect. Stratford School, located nearby at 870 N. California Ave., was also contacted and asked to keep students inside during the search. Shortly afterward, police spotted the suspect in a backyard in the 800 block of Garland Drive and took him into custody. When arrested, the suspect had an MP3 player police believe he had taken from the victim’s home on Oregon Avenue. Palo Alto police encourage residents to call (650) 329-2413 or 911 when they observe suspicious activity in their neighborhood.

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