Bomb threat called in to downtown Palo Alto taqueria proves unfounded

 A bomb threat phoned in for a taqueria in downtown Palo Alto on Friday proved to be unfounded, police said.   

Palo Alto police dispatch received a call at 11:42 a.m. from someone saying he had placed a bomb inside Sancho's Taqueria at 491 Lytton Ave.   

Officers responded with the assistance of a Stanford University Department of Public Safety dog with training in detecting explosives. No bomb was found and investigators declared the area safe about an hour later, police said.   

Several other businesses had to be evacuated during the police response, but people were allowed back in after the all-clear was given.   

The person who made the call is believed to be a man, but his identity has not been determined. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Palo Alto police dispatch at (650) 329-2413. Anonymous tips can be sent by email to or sent via text message or voicemail to (650) 383-8984.