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."