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Los Altos runaway found by police

An 11-year-old Los Altos girl with autism is home safe with her family after she ran away May 25, resulting in a police search that ended on Highway 101 in Palo Alto.

According to Los Altos Police Sgt. Cameron Shearer, the ordeal began after the girl left home in the early afternoon following an argument with her mother – who subsequently contacted police to report her missing.

Shearer said police responded by setting up a search area in north Los Altos, near the Palo Alto border – the girl’s last known location. Los Altos Police canine Lord picked up the girl’s scent at one point but later lost it.

Following the search, police issued a be-on-the-lookout alert to neighboring agencies.

Shearer said the California Highway Patrol began receiving calls four hours later from motorists who saw a juvenile matching the missing girl’s description walking on the shoulder of Highway 101 near Embarcadero Road. Palo Alto Police responded and picked up the missing girl unharmed on the highway during the early-evening hours.

Residential burglaries

May 26, 1:53 p.m., 1000 block of Brookmill Road: A couple returning home from a Memorial Day weekend trip found their bedroom had been ransacked, with approximately $7,500 in jewelry missing. The unknown suspect entered by smashing the home’s rear sliding glass doors.

May 28, 9:07 a.m., 1000 block of Farndon Avenue: Unknown suspects cut the lock to a security fence at a home construction site, broke into onsite storage units and stole construction tools. The suspects fled the scene in an older gray pickup truck.

Warrant arrest

June 1, 8:17 a.m., 1200 block of Fremont Avenue: Police arrested a 20-year-old male Los Altos resident on a $10,000 warrant issued by the Santa Clara Police Department.

– Diego Abeloos and Ellie Van Houtte

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