Woman arrested after burglarizing home in Palo Alto

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A woman was arrested for burglarizing a home in Palo Alto Thursday night. 

On November 30, around 9:30 p.m. police were dispatched after receiving reports of a burglary at a home in the 1500 block of Byron Street. 

Security camera inside the home caught the woman walking around the house. 

The mother told police she heard footsteps but thought it was a family member. After checking the cameras, they saw the unknown woman enter the home through the unlocked front door, walk inside for two minutes, and steal the mother’s jacket and purse. 

Security footage then showed the woman leave through the side door.

At around 10:30 p.m., police got a call saying a woman had been prowling on the front porch of a home in the 1300 block of Middlefield Road. 

Police found the woman on the corner of Embarcadero Road and Webster Street with an allegedly stolen jacket, purse, and unopened package. 

The suspect allegedly falsely identified herself multiple times to the police. 

Eventually, officers identified her as  Zaira Deir, 52. She has no permanent address. 

Deir was booked into the Santa Clara County Jail and charged with burglary, petty theft, and providing a false identity to police officers.

Officers said they returned the allegedly stolen property.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the 24-hour dispatch center at(650) 329-2413. 

Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to paloalto@tipnow.org or sent via text
message or voice mail to (650) 383-8984.


Charlene is a Bay Area journalist who hails from the small community of Fresno. Drawing from her experience writing for her college paper, Charlene continues to advocate for free press and local journalism. She also volunteers in all the beach cleanups she can because she loves the water.