A burglar got away with more than $1,000 in electronics stolen from an apartment in the 100 block of North Rengstorff Avenue on July 19, according to police.
In a similar case on July 18 in the 300 block of Escuela Avenue, a Sony video camera and a small safe box containing jewelry and cash were stolen after a burglar gained entry through an unlocked bathroom window.
The victim on North Rengstorff reported the burglary at about 5 p.m. the same day, telling police the crime must have occurred between 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., police spokeswoman Liz Wylie said. The burlgar gained entry to the house through an open back window, Wylie said, and made off with a laptop, an iPod touch, an iPod classic and an iPod docking station. Two backpacks were also stolen.
Wylie said that these types of crimes are often unwittingly facilitated by victims who give burglars easy entry points.
"It's almost always people leaving their doors or windows unlocked," she said.
During the summer, Wylie said, Mountain View police often see a spike in burglaries. People leave windows open to help keep their houses and apartments cool while they are away. She advised people to either close windows before leaving their homes or use rods or other stopper devices, which allow for windows to be opened only so far. That way air can get in and out, but burglars cannot.
Wylie advises residents to always lock their doors when no one is home.