PALO ALTO (KCBS) – Palo Alto saw a significant increase in home burglaries last year, police said, driven largely by the allure of gold.
The metal’s value has shot up more than 500 percent since 2001, and it is very easy to resell, said Sgt. Brian Phillips, a detective with the Palo Alto Police Department.
“We’re seeing a lot of jewelry taken in a lot of the residential burglaries where a lot of the electronics are actually left behind,” he said, adding that some suspects have been forthright about their motives when arrested.
KCBS’ Anna Duckworth Reports: