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Palo Alto resident interrupted burglary at their home on Ames Avenue

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Police surrounded a Palo Alto home for several hours on Monday night after a report of an interrupted residential burglary but the suspects remain at large, a police lieutenant said. The burglary was reported in the 800 block of Ames Avenue around 6:25 p.m. Monday, Lt. Zach Perron said. The resident, a woman in her 30s, returned home from running errands with her baby and adult relative when she saw the rear door of her home had been forced open, Perron said.

The woman took her baby and relative outside of the home and called 911, he said. While she was on the phone with a public safety dispatcher she heard a door slam in her home, according to Perron. Using her cellphone the woman showed officers at the scene live video surveillance footage inside the residence and saw two suspects in a bedroom, Perron said.

The video was suddenly cut off, possibly by one of the suspects who disconnected power to the surveillance system, he said. Police surrounded the home and made repeated calls with a public address system in an effort to have the suspects exit the residence, Perron said. Police K-9 units performed a limited search in the lower level of the home where it was safe to deploy dogs, he said.

At about 9:30 p.m., officers did not receive a response from inside the home and called a SWAT team to the scene, Perron said. The SWAT team and police K-9 units entered the home and by around 11:30 p.m. were unable to locate any suspects, he said. SWAT officers also searched nearby yards and called for the scene to be cleared around 11:45 p.m., Perron said.

A police investigation showed that the suspects broke into the home sometime between 5:45 p.m. and 6:25 p.m., entered the backyard through an unlocked side yard gate and forced entry through a rear door, he said. Police determined that the suspects escaped before officers arrived and the surveillance footage the woman showed to officers was not live as previously thought, Perron said.

The suspects had ransacked parts of the home and stacked several valuable items by an exit door, he said. Police do not know what items were actually stolen from the residence, Perron said. Based on the video surveillance footage, the suspects are described as two black men in their mid-20s. They were last seen wearing all black clothing.

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