Once again, an auto burglar has struck during the day in Atherton's Holbrook-Palmer Park. At about 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, a man broke a window in a parked vehicle and stole a purse sitting on the front seat, police said.
The man was seen driving away in a silver Mercedes CLK-430, with the license plate 5HTB951, police said.
The suspect was described as a white man, about 40 to 45 years old, 6 feet 1 inch tall, weighing about 180 pounds, with brown or red hair and a closely cropped beard.
Anyone who sees the vehicle or has information about this incident is asked to call the Atherton Police Department at (650) 688-6500.
Earlier incidents took place on Friday, March 27, at about 2:30 p.m., and Thursday, March 19, at about 1:30 p.m. In both cases, vehicle windows were broken and belongings stolen from the cars.
Police caution people to either remove or hide valuable items in parked vehicles. "Thieves look inside car windows and steal items that appear to be valuable," Atherton police said. "The theft happens quickly."