Ramona's Pizza Burglary Suspect Tied to 10 Local Burglaries

A man allegedly broke in and robbed Ramona's Pizza early Wednesday morning. Police are tracing him to a string of similar burglaries—including some in Los Altos and Mountain View—that have occurred since 2009.

A long-sought-after suspect is thought to be behind a burglary that occurred Wednesday morning at , Palo Alto police said Thursday. 

Early Wednesday morning, the suspect entered the business on 2313 Birch St., stealing cash and a bicycle.

The same suspect, according to police, is tied to a string of commercial burglaries dating back to 2009 in Palo Alto, Los Altos, Mountain View and other cities. Locally, he is believed to be responsible for break-ins and robberies of 10 businesses. 

The burglaries have mostly occurred at small businesses and saloons, police said. The suspect usually enters the business through the rear door or window in the early morning hours. 

Palo Alto detectives are analyzing evidence, but the suspect has not yet been identified. Police believe he has also burglarized businesses in Mountain View, Los Altos, Monterey, Beverly Hills and San Mateo.

Local business owners should lock all doors and windows overnight, use video surveillance systems and keep exterior lights turned on, said Palo Alto police. 

Anyone with information about these burglaries can call detectives at 650-329-2128. Anonymous tips can be emailed to paloalto@tipnow.org, or anonymous voicemails and text messages can be sent to 650-383-8984.

James Denz August 27, 2011 at 03:48 PM
Were these all burglaries or were some of them actually robberies? My understanding was that no one else was ever present when the perpetrator committed these crimes, which would make them all burglaries. I hope he's caught soon!
L.A. Chung (Editor) August 28, 2011 at 06:08 AM
@James Denz, you're right! I carefully copy-edited the body of the story and completely missed the headline. Burglaries, indeed. Robberies would crank it up a notch.


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