The Los Altos Police Department is seeking the public's help in locating two men who tried to burglarize an occupied home last month.

The attempted burglary took place on Truman Avenue near Fremont Avenue at about 1:43 p.m. on Dec. 27. Police said a man walked up to the home, knocked on the front door and kicked in the door when no one answered.

But someone was home, police said. The would-be burglar ran from the home without taking anything and got into a "construction-type" van that was parked on the street and occupied by another man.

The man who kicked in the door was described as Hispanic, 6 feet tall and in his 30s. He was wearing boots and a green safety vest. Police did not provide any information about the second man.

The van was white and had a sliding side door but no rear passenger windows, police said.

Because the van was parked within view of motorists traveling through the busy intersection of Truman and Fremont, police are hoping that someone saw the driver and the vehicle, which may also have been parked at a nearby construction site earlier that day.

Anyone with information about the attempted burglary is asked to call the police department at 650-947-2770.

Police reminded the public that burglars will often knock on the front door of a residence to determine whether anyone is home. Residents should speak up or make some noise to deter burglars when they hear a knock, police said.


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