Link found between burglaries and snatches in Larkspur and Palo Alto – CBS San Francisco
PALO ALTO (KPIX) – As Bay Area law enforcement continues to investigate several high-profile retail burglaries and seizes, it appears that investigators from two departments separated by nearly 50 miles have found links between two of the incidents.
On Sunday, just after 9:00 p.m., a group of about 40 people smashed the front window and burgled The RealReal in Larkspur, according to Central Marine Police. The suspects gained access to the consignment store, where they stole nearly $250,000 in merchandise.
Later Sunday, after 11:15 p.m., a group of about 30-40 people in about 20 vehicles attempted to storm The RealReal in downtown Palo Alto, according to Palo Alto police. A security guard reported the incident and the suspects left after smashing the front door of the shop.
Later, officers tracked down a car and detained two of its passengers. Inside the car, they found at least $15,000 in stolen merchandise from a RealReal store burglary in Larkspur.
Palo Alto police said Kenny Jones, 20, of Richmond, and Imani Barnes, 21, of Vallejo, were arrested.
The two departments are now working together to find out if there are any connections between people involved in crimes in their cities and those who have committed similar crimes in other cities across the Bay Area.
“They’ve had problems in San Francisco, they have Walnut Creek, Contra Costa, and they have them here,” said John Woodmancy, who lives in Palo Alto. “Obviously there are gangs moving around the Bay Area.”
Many locals in the Bay Area are well aware of recent burglaries in their neighborhoods and in other parts of the Bay Area.
“I hope it’s over soon,” said Angela Howe, who lives in Palo Alto.