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Masked man robs four Palo Alto businesses overnight, police say

A suspect who police say burglarized four Palo Alto businesses early Wednesday morning appears to have still been harboring some Halloween spirit.

The suspect wore a white Phantom of the Opera mask when he smashed windows and stole cash registers from four businesses between 2 and 3 a.m., according to police. He is described as a black man of medium build, average height and with some facial hair. Security cameras outside Subway, one of the burglarized businesses, captured images of the suspect when he was not wearing the mask.

The first burglary was reported at 2:13 a.m. at Vino Vino Wine located at 437 California Ave.; the second was reported at 4:30 a.m. at the Simply Be Salon, 530 University Ave.; the third was reported at 5:30 a.m. at Subway, 421 California Ave.; and the fourth was reported at 8:23 a.m. at Sushi House, 855 El Camino Real. Police said the reports were spaced out so many hours because the first burglary triggered an alarm, a passerby called in the salon’s broken window, and the last two were reported when employees arrived at work.

Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to call the Palo Alto Police Department’s 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to paloalto@tipnow.org or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.

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