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Thieves steal $60K in gold jewelry from Bay Area home

A April 2023 Google Street View image shows the 1400 block of Hamilton Avenue in Palo Alto's Crescent Park neighborhood. | Courtesy Google Street View

Residents of a Bay Area community were rattled after an estimated $60,000 in jewelry went missing after a Fourth of July burglary.

According to police, family members living in Palo Alto’s Crescent Park neighborhood left their home in the 1400 block of Hamilton Avenue around 12:30 p.m. to enjoy the Independence Day holiday.

They returned around 6:30 p.m. to find a master bedroom had been ransacked, Palo Alto police Lt. Brian Philip said.

A small safe, containing personal documents and jewelry, was missing from the bedroom. The jewelry appeared to have been a combination of gold necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings and necklaces. 

Although few other items were found missing from elsewhere in the house, investigators soon learned there was no installed alarm, no sign of forced entry or exit, and no leads on a suspect or vehicle. A neighborhood canvass seeking possible surveillance video from neighboring residents had not yielded footage by Wednesday afternoon, Philip said.

Given that many residents were home for at least part of the day, Philip added that it was possible the home had been watched and urged residents to do their best to secure homes to ensure they don’t appear obviously unattended.

Anyone with information may call the department’s nonemergency dispatch line at 650-329-2413 or anonymously e-mail or text or call 650-383-8984.

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