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Housekeeper in Palo Alto scared off two burglars who were trying to break into a house on Tasso Street



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Police said a housekeeper in Palo Alto on Wednesday scared off two burglars who were trying to break into a house she was cleaning. Police responded to at 9:51 a.m. to a residence in the 1900 block of Tasso Street in reference to a call of an interrupted burglary. Police said the caller, later identified as a housekeeper in her 50s, had been cleaning the residence with her daughter when they reported hearing the doorbell ring twice. A resident, a woman in her late teens, was also home during the incident.

Police said no one answered the door, and a short time later, the housekeeper saw two men in the backyard of the residence, trying to force open a rear door to get into the home. The housekeeper yelled at the men, and they fled on foot. The suspects remain at large. The housekeeper told investigators she got a good look at one of the suspects and described him as a white or Hispanic male in his late teens, about 5 feet 10 inches tall with a thin build and short black hair. He was wearing a red hooded sweatshirt. She described the second suspect as a white or Hispanic male in his late teens and wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt. Police have released a sketch of the first suspect.

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