Palo Alto porch pirate snags $600 worth of mail


Police released a video Friday of a man who stole five packages from the front porch of a Palo Alto home almost one week ago.

The packages that cost $600 in all were delivered to a home in the 2700 block of South Court on Saturday while the victim was out of town, police said.

The victim, a woman in her 40s, returned to her residence on Thursday when she discovered the theft occurred and notified police around 10:45 a.m.

The home’s video surveillance system captured the suspect at the front porch shortly before 4 p.m. Saturday, according to police.

It appeared the suspect was driving through the neighborhood where he spotted the packages while passing the home, made a U-turn and parked in front of the residence, police said.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic man between 25 and 30 years old, standing between 5 feet 7 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall with an average build and mustache, according to police.

He wore a black T-shirt with a red “Superman” logo on the front, an unzipped white sweatshirt with the hood up, blue pants and black sports sandals with white socks, police said.

He drove a vehicle described as a red 1990s four-door sedan, possibly a Nissan Sentra, with tinted rear windows without hubcaps last seen heading south, according to police.

A roughly minute-long video of theft can be viewed online here. Anyone with information on the theft or who recognizes the suspect or vehicle is asked to call police at (650) 329-2413. Anonymous tips can be sent by email to or text message to (650) 383-8984.

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