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Woman robbed after walking in on burglary

A 27-year-old woman was robbed at gunpoint after she came home to a burglar in her home shortly before 9 p.m on Thursday.

The victim, who arrived at her apartment in the 1900 block of Latham Street at about 8:40 p.m., found upon entering her home that the back patio gate and sliding glass patio door were both open, according to Mountain View police spokeswoman Liz Wylie. She walked in to investigate and was confronted by a man, whom she described as a Hispanic male in his 30s -- short and heavy set, wearing a blue sweatshirt and jeans.

The man was holding a gun and told her to get on the ground and give up any money she might have and her phone, Wylie said. She did not have any money, but she surrendered her phone, which she told police was worth about $400.

The robber then fled and the woman called police, Wylie said. In addition to her phone, the man apparently took an assortment of jewelry and an Airsoft pellet gun, which may or may not have been the weapon he used during the robbery.

"This is again a reminder for people to always lock their doors and windows," Wylie said. "If they return home and something seems really unusual, it's best to leave and call us rather than investigating themselves."

Comments

Posted by Sig, a resident of Shoreline West
on Dec 17, 2010 at 6:59 pm

Can anyone read what the poster above said?

I feel like it's someone who just became legal, and doesn't want anymore people here.

I doubt the AZ border plays much of a role in crime in Mountain View.

I agree crime is on the rise here, but I feel it is due to the poor economy.

Hopefully we won't have the GOP in power anytime soon, so the economy can recover from their wasteful spending of our money.


Posted by Tenant, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Dec 18, 2010 at 1:14 am

What is the name of the apartment?


Posted by goodgrief!, a resident of Shoreline West
on Dec 18, 2010 at 11:40 am

why does the apartment name matter? people have lost their minds! yes the economy is bad but the number of robberies today are just unbelievable!


Posted by Tenant, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Dec 18, 2010 at 3:32 pm

What was the "Airsoft pellet gun" for?


Posted by Tenant, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Dec 18, 2010 at 3:35 pm

What would a $400 phone look like?


Posted by Tenant, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Dec 18, 2010 at 3:38 pm

"... found upon entering her home that the back patio gate and sliding glass patio door were both open ..."
Were they opened by the gunman or they were left open by the tenant?


Posted by Annoyed with Mountain View, a resident of another community
on Dec 18, 2010 at 9:18 pm

This is just another reason to the long list of reasons why I left this messed up city.


Posted by The Eye, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Dec 18, 2010 at 9:21 pm

Hmmmm...a burglary on Latham St. committed by a Hispanic male.

Now there's a real surprise...not.


Posted by Tenant, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Dec 18, 2010 at 11:03 pm

"This is just another reason to the long list of reasons why I left this messed up city."
Does this city refer to Mountain View?


Posted by Tenant, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Dec 18, 2010 at 11:10 pm

"Hmmmm...a burglary on Latham St. committed by a Hispanic male."
Are guest day-laborers still congregating in front of the Seven-Eleven store at the corner of Latham and Escuela streets every day? They look like decent, hard-working folks...


Posted by Tenant, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Dec 18, 2010 at 11:13 pm

I love to live in MV because she is the most beautiful and convenient city I know of to live and walk around...


Posted by Tenant, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Dec 18, 2010 at 11:26 pm

I would like to thank the MV Police Department because the total crime rate is much better than 2005 and 2006 (the economically boom years for real estate and job market).

Total Crimes: 5999 (2009) 5812 (2008) 5643 (2007) 6587 (2006) 6099 (2005)

See [Web Link]


Posted by Know-It-All, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Dec 19, 2010 at 3:49 am

The total crime rate has dropped significantly compared to 2006 (height of the fake real estate boom). This is partially due to the fact that many potential perpetrators of various crimes have left the area due to lack of jobs/opportunities. In other words, the economic downturn has driven out significant number of potential criminals. At the same time, it has added an incentive to commit crime for those who are still in the area and now lack economic opportunities. But the net rate is evidently down.


Posted by Mr. Big, a resident of Martens-Carmelita
on Dec 20, 2010 at 1:26 am

I sound like a broken record, but this the 5th time in the last few weeks that I'm calling for issuance of a CCW to all law abiding citizens. Murders, rmed robberies, shootings, stabbings, gang assaults, home invasions, kidnappings, etc.

Time to get armed, get trained and defend ourselves... The police cannot be omnipresent. There was even an armed robbery with a Mac-10 sub-machinegun right in from of the police station this year.

And....

DON'T WALK INTO YOUR HOME IF YOU NOTICE A BREAK IN! CALL THE PD.


Posted by In response to Mr. Big, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Dec 20, 2010 at 3:26 pm

Mr. Big, you indeed sound like a broken record. We are seeing a rise in crime, and you keep talking about carrying arms. Responding to violence with more violence does not make MV or any city a better place. That would just entitle criminals to also legitimately own guns, not exactly what I would personally like. We all should take a more active role in neighborhood watch and be very careful about securing our homes, as well as avoiding investigating by ourselves when suspecting that something is wrong, just saying.


Posted by MV Resident, a resident of Jackson Park
on Dec 20, 2010 at 7:48 pm

@Tenant:

A $400 phone would probably look like an iPhone 3GS.

Note that AT&T typically subsidizes iPhones because you're signing a two-year contract. The retail value of an iPhone 4 is $600. I believe here in California, you pay sales tax on the retail value of the handset, not the subsidized amount (I don't actually own a smartphone). The $199 iPhone 4 isn't really a $199 handset.


Posted by Jeff, a resident of Shoreline West
on Dec 22, 2010 at 4:18 pm

"Hopefully we won't have the GOP in power anytime soon, so the economy can recover from their wasteful spending of our money."

Sig, what planet do you live on? We all know who is responsible for the most wasteful spending.


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