PALO ALTO (CBS SF) — Two female suspects were in custody after a security guard thwarted a smash-and-grab mob of 30-40 individuals who were trying to bash their way into a Palo Alto retail store.
According to a press release issued by the Palo Alto Police Department, on Sunday night at around 11:18 p.m., a large group of approximately 30-40 suspects arrived in about 20 cars and attempted to break into clothing boutique the RealReal at 379 University Avenue in downtown Palo Alto when it was closed.READ MORE: Scott Peterson Resentenced To Life Without Parole; Laci's Mom: 'You Will Always Be Their Murderer'
A prompt call from a private security guard reporting the incident brought a quick response from multiple police units who were able to stop the burglary.
The security guard said the suspects attempted to break down the shop’s front door with unknown objects. The glass front door of the business was smashed held firm. He could only describe the burglary suspects as Black males and females wearing face coverings. After police arrived, the vehicles fled the scene.
An officer stopped one of the vehicles — a green 2017 Ford Escape sport utility vehicle with its headlights off and no license plates — on Willow Road at Chester Street in Menlo Park. The two occupants were detained without incident.
Inside the vehicle, police located at least $15,000 worth of stolen property from a second burglarized location of the RealReal in Larkspur. The property was still on clothes hangers and had price tags and security sensors still attached. Officers also located a hammer.
Further investigation revealed that the stolen property in the car had been taken in a similar burglary at The RealReal store in Larkspur earlier in the night.
The investigation revealed that the two suspects had come to Palo Alto with the larger group. The group intended to commit a burglary and steal merchandise from the store. The two suspects were with the group as they unsuccessfully attempted to break down the glass door and fled police responded. Police said no video surveillance of the attempted burglary was available for release.READ MORE: UPDATE: Parents Who Sent Child With COVID to Corte Madera School Could Face Criminal Charges
Police are working in close collaboration with detectives from the Central Marin Police Authority on the two cases.
The burglary at the Larkspur RealReal location remains under investigation. Police are also continuing the Palo Alto investigation to identify the other suspects and to determine what additional connections might exist between these suspects and those involved with other recent similar crimes in the Bay Area.
The two suspect, identified as 20-year-old Richmond resident Keyonni Marie Jones and 21-year-old Vallejo resident Imani Kevyonna Barnes were booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for attempted commercial burglary and conspiracy, both felonies.
With the rash of recent similar crimes throughout the Bay Area, officers have stepped up patrols in retail areas of Palo Alto. Anyone who witnesses suspicious behavior in and around retail establishments in Palo Alto is encouraged to call the Palo Alto Police Department’s 24-hour dispatch center at (650) 329-2413, or 9-1-1 if it is an emergency.MORE NEWS: Free COVID Clinic In Oakland Unexpectedly Shuts Down
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the PAPD 24-hour dispatch center at (650) 329-2413. Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent via text message or voice mail to (650) 383-8984.