Jul 26, 2014

$4,300 in Property Stolen at Junior Museum Lot

Two vehicles were broken into on Sunday afternoon at the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo on Middlefield Road.

$4,300 in Property Stolen at Junior Museum Lot

Thousands of dollars worth of property were reported stolen Sunday from two vehicles parked at the  at 1451 Middlefield Rd.

The robbery occurred in the museum parking lot between 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday while the owners were inside the museum, said Palo Alto police Sgt. Wayne Benitez.

Police found a popped lock on one of the cars, a Ford Expedition, and believe a coat hanger or slim jim was used to unlock the door. Built-in TV screens, a stereo system, amplifier, speakers and $200 in cash were stolen from the vehicle.   

The rear window of the second vehicle, a Toyota Tundra pick-up, was smashed, and a black duffel back containing a Samsung tablet and miscellaneous clothes were taken.

The total value of the property missing from both cars is $4,300, said Sgt. Benitez.

No evidence was recovered from the scene, and there is no video surveillance at the museum lot.

Benitez said that, unfortunately, break-ins at the parking lot are a frequent occurrence.

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