Palo Alto Robber Arrested After Rappelling Into Store

PALO ALTO (CBS SF) — A Palo Alto man was arrested Wednesday night after allegedly rappelling into a grocery store through a rooftop skylight.

Officers responded to a business alarm that sounded at 11:20 p.m. Wednesday night at JJ and F Market at 520 College Avenue in Palo Alto, police said.

Arriving officers found 31-year-old Gustavo Alvarez hiding behind a tree near the store and detained him, according to police.

Police said Alvarez allegedly broke a skylight on the market’s roof and used black satellite dish cable to rappel into the building.

Once inside, the store’s alarm sounded, causing the suspect to flee through a rear door and over a barbed wire fence.

Police do not believe the suspect stole anything.

He was arrested on suspicion of burglary and taken to the Santa Clara County Main Jail.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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