News

Unlocked door lets burglar in

Early Tuesday morning a 37-year-old woman was awakened from her sleep by a burglar who proceeded to restrain her before robbing her home.

Police spokesperson Liz Wylie said the unarmed burglar came in through an unlocked door of the victim's apartment on the 1900 block of Silverwood Ave. as she slept. Citing an ongoing investigation, Wylie could not say how she was restrained or what was stolen. The victim was uninjured and was able to call 911 shortly after the burglar left at 7:43 a.m.

The suspect is described as tall and lean, wearing all black clothing and a mask covering his face and head.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call Detective Kevin Solomon at 650-903-6356. Callers can remain anonymous.

Comments

 +   Like this comment
Posted by Concerned Neighbor
a resident of Castro City
on Oct 1, 2009 at 9:16 am

Where does this person live? I want to keep my family safe.


 +   Like this comment
Posted by Anon
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Oct 1, 2009 at 9:58 am

This story should give a location. At least a neighborhood. I start my commute at 7:30 so I could even have seen this suspect if he was in my area. More facts please.


 +   Like this comment
Posted by Daniel DeBolt
Mountain View Voice Staff Writer
on Oct 1, 2009 at 10:26 am

Daniel DeBolt is a registered user.

The incident occurred on the 1900 block of Silverwood Avenue, which is here: Web Link


 +   Like this comment
Posted by Therese
a resident of Shoreline West
on Oct 1, 2009 at 11:25 am

This happened in a very quiet and safe community of town homes. It is truly shocking! A lesson to everyone to lock their doors.


 +   Like this comment
Posted by USA
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Oct 1, 2009 at 1:15 pm

USA is a registered user.

Yet another crime near Rengstorff Park. How many is it so far this week?

It used to be a good area 25 years ago when I lived the apartments on Central and Rengstorff. The neighborhood changed when the illegals moved in. (Yeah, I know I am un-PC, but that's what happened.)


 +   Like this comment
Posted by Rebuttal
a resident of Jackson Park
on Oct 1, 2009 at 2:13 pm

USA, it could be that cause and effect were reversed and the neighborhood went downhill first, then the only people willing to live there were undocumented immigrants.


 +   Like this comment
Posted by AC
a resident of another community
on Oct 1, 2009 at 2:36 pm

AC is a registered user.

The Rengstoff Park area seems to be becoming quite a hot spot. :(


 +   Like this comment
Posted by Thom
a resident of Shoreline West
on Oct 1, 2009 at 2:58 pm

It's a shame! And yes, that neighborhood is not safe, however not locking your door is an invitation to crime. Also, don't jump to the conclusion it was someone illegally here. Undocumented immigrants is a PC term and is not correct. Undocumented immigrants are criminals. Why? They entered the Country illegally thus making them criminal in their action. We don't know who the burglar was. Could have been one of many people that lurk in that part of town. There's a large "community" of street people of all races. Moral of the story - lock your doors people. This isn't some small town where it's safe to do things like that.


 +   Like this comment
Posted by Lock it
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Oct 1, 2009 at 6:13 pm

Bad economy = More crime. Its happening all over. A family friend that lives in Burlingame got a phone call from there local Police department,telling them to lock up. Intruders are window shopping for easy rip offs. Don't be a target. Pay attention to who's in your neighborhood. Also you can see crime reports in your town at this site.Web Link check it out. Don't be a Victim!


 +   Like this comment
Posted by USA
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Oct 1, 2009 at 6:18 pm

USA is a registered user.

Rebuttal -- That is an excellent point about causal vs. correlations. However, I do believe that it was the increase in population density of illegals in the area that caused the downturn. The illegals as well as the legal immigrants from poor countries tend to be younger and much less educated that the typical Silicon Valley population that had been in the area. Changes in truancy, property crimes, an academic achievement appear to support that view.


 +   Like this comment
Posted by USA
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Oct 1, 2009 at 6:28 pm

USA is a registered user.

Lock It -- Even during the Dot Com days, the Rengstorff Park area was in decline.

BTW, if you have the stomach for it, take a look at the sex offender database map. There are a lot of child rapists living east (north) of El Camino. Web Link Sunnyvale and Redwood City have a lot too.


Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.

Email:


Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

Opening alert: Zola, in downtown Palo Alto
By Elena Kadvany | 1 comment | 3,661 views

Men Are Good For Three Things
By Laura Stec | 27 comments | 2,531 views

Cellphone Charging Challenges
By Angela Hey | 0 comments | 343 views

Yes on Measure B to improve our quality of life and public safety
By Steve Levy | 4 comments | 328 views