During 2005, the city of Cupertino has experienced a high number of residential burglaries. Many of the victims were of South Asian descent. Typically, the homeowners are away for a short time, generally about two to three hours, on either a Friday or Saturday night. Because of this, these crimes have been dubbed the “dinnertime burglaries.” The suspects usually enter by breaking a locked window or entering through an unlocked door or window.
The items taken in these burglaries is usually ornate gold jewelry and as much as $100,000.00 worth has been taken from a single residence. To date there have been a total of 40 of these burglaries.
Citizens from Cupertino have formed a reward program for information leading to the identification and arrest of the responsible parties in these thefts. Fugitive Watch, a local program that showcases wanted persons and unsolved crimes, is administering the reward. The reward amount offered is $3,000.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Robert Bosworth at (408) 868-6600