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Brazen burglars swipe $20,000 in valuables

Windows were left unlocked, crime may have been easily avoided, police say

About $20,000 in jewelry, electronics, furniture and art was taken from a Mountain View home over the weekend in a brazen burglary that police said could have been avoided.

The victim, a 58-year-old woman, returned from being away for the weekend to find that her home in the 400 block of Loreto Street had been burglarized, according to Mountain View police spokeswoman Liz Wylie. The crime was reported on March 28.

"We're not exactly sure how they got in," Wylie said, but theorized that the thief or thieves entered through one of the house's many unlocked windows. The woman had left one window partially open to allow her cats to get in and out. Other windows were unlocked.

Police also believe that the burglar or burglars had a vehicle -- perhaps a van or truck -- because of how much was taken.

Among the items missing: a painted wooden table, four framed lithographs, lots of jewelry, cash, a sculpture, six brown leather dining room chairs, a lamp, a digital camera, a laptop, about 40 CDs and a television, according to Wylie.

In all, the estimated value of everything that was taken is about $20,000, Wylie said.

"Always lock your house -- that's always the No. 1 takeaway," Wylie said, referring to burglaries in general. "These types of crimes are not always preventable, but they are almost always preventable."

Burglars are generally criminals of opportunity, Wylie said. They often do not want to physically break into homes, as it is easy to find homes that are unlocked -- "especially in nice neighborhoods."

Wylie advised people to always lock their homes when they are away and to recruit a trusted neighbor to look out for anything strange when going on long trips.

Comments

Posted by The Eye, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 29, 2011 at 9:56 pm

Brilliant


Posted by Mike, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Mar 30, 2011 at 4:51 am

i don't understand it.....why anybody failed to notice a suspicous activity???

Is the women not friendly with her neigbors.......


Posted by Observer, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 30, 2011 at 6:51 am

Or, are the neighbors not friendly with her.


Posted by Mc Gruff, a resident of Castro City
on Mar 30, 2011 at 10:39 am

or did she take inventory of what she could do without in life and had an "Insurance garage sale" to get a chunk of cash.
Its easy to make up as wild a story as you can dream up when you know hardly any facts!


Posted by Ron MV, a resident of Waverly Park
on Mar 30, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Ron MV is a registered user.

Jeez people. Someone gets robbed while away and you act like it is not possible or that she even PLANNED it. About 2 years ago my next door neighbor, here in Mountain View, got similarly cleaned out MID-DAY ON A WEEKDAY. We were at work, as was pretty much everyone else on the street. One older lady saw a van in the driveway (but not the stuff being loaded) and figured that in the middle of the day that the house was having some sort of repair person over. Obviously thieves knew which house they were going to hit and when it was likely empty.

So this does not take insurance fraud by the victim. It just takes a determined thief and an opportunity. And in a community like Mountain View, there are lots of unwatched empty houses.


Posted by jupiterk, a resident of Gemello
on Mar 30, 2011 at 2:55 pm

well...We are no longer a community who cared about each other. We don't know our neighbors and we don't talk to one another. Eveyrone is a stranger. This all may be due to racial diversity. Everyone keeps to himself/herself. Families treat single men like outcasts or child molesters or a weirdo..etc...You know the drift. We ceased to be a community long ago. For the most part, MV is a safe community, at the least, many sections of it...I think..Where there are too many crimes, people already learnt to be careful.


Posted by NeHi, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Mar 30, 2011 at 3:04 pm

Someone stole our "neighborhood watch" sign.


Posted by George, a resident of Rex Manor
on Mar 30, 2011 at 3:06 pm

For sure, it was NOT a Cat Burgler !

How sad that someone in their mid-50s would be so dumb as to leave for a weekend (or an hour) without locking the home up, including sliding doors and all windows. Egads, the Darwin Awards should include this lady.

Chances are that the heist was done by someone that knew the situation.. Too much "chance" to be random.


Posted by AC, a resident of another community
on Mar 30, 2011 at 3:28 pm

AC is a registered user.

"These types of crimes are not always preventable, but they are almost always preventable."

That didn't make too much sense.....


Posted by AC, a resident of another community
on Mar 30, 2011 at 3:29 pm

AC is a registered user.

Oh, I'm sorry. I re-read it. My bad.


Posted by Bieber Cleaver, a resident of Monta Loma
on Mar 30, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Obviously someone knew that this woman would be gone over the weekend.
Burglars don't just randomly steal that much stuff without knowing that the person(s) would not be there to interrupt.
Sounds like an inside job.


Posted by Frank, a resident of North Whisman
on Mar 30, 2011 at 4:06 pm

I luv u AC! I was also thinking the same thing....until I re-read it!! Hahahaha (We're probably the only ones who'll get this. Lol


Posted by Slow Day, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Mar 30, 2011 at 5:08 pm

How about this.... These types of crimes are not always predictable, but they are almost always preventable....Better?

It was most likely a direct quote too...we have seen these slips before.

....must have been another slow news day.


Posted by Bruce Karney, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 30, 2011 at 6:29 pm

The families living on Loreto Street are among the best connected of any street in Mountain View, so forget the "we don't care about our neighbors" theory. Folks on that block run (or used to) their own 4th of July parade and many of the residents have been there longer than the 20+ years I've lived a few blocks away. It's the kind of block that makes you think you're in a village, not a city.

Professional burglars are like other professionals in that the ones who are still in business are pretty darn good at what they do. What I learned from being burglarized many years ago is that if YOU can get into your house without a key, so can a professional burglar. If you leave a key outside in case you get locked out, the pro burglar can probably find it. And if the key is in a locked container, the pro can and will jimmy it open.

And yet... they seek the softest targets. So, like Liz Wylie said, lock up before you leave.


Posted by The Eye, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 30, 2011 at 6:47 pm

"Posted by The Eye, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, 20 hours ago

Brilliant"

FYI...I did not post the above comment. Some [Portion removed due to disrespectful comment or offensive language] with nothing constructive to do is obviously having some cheap amusement at my expense. Oh, I'm so very wounded. [Portion removed due to disrespectful comment or offensive language]


Posted by The Eye, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 30, 2011 at 6:53 pm

"Burglars are generally criminals of opportunity, Wylie said. They often do not want to physically break into homes, as it is easy to find homes that are unlocked -- "especially in nice neighborhoods."

There ARE no "nice neighborhoods". Burglars are incredibly mobile, and as Liz Wylie said, always looking for opportunities for where someone leaves their house easily accessible. And those that do not heed these simple, proven truths, are doomed to...well, lose all their stuff, to put it succinctly. And they deserve it, for being so unrealistic about the reality they live in. Or, as my cute little doppleganger put it: They are being "Brilliant."


Posted by Nick V, Mountain View Voice Staff Writer
on Mar 31, 2011 at 1:36 pm

Nick V is a registered user.

A suggestion regarding the above comment about dopplegangers on Town Square:

We do encourage our readers to register with Town Square, and we especially encourage our readers to use their real names when commenting on Town Square.

It is one way to ensure that no one impersonates you, and we believe it contributes to a more productive, more transparent and more thoughtful dialogue.

Many were upset with a perceived lack of transparency on the El Camino Hospital board recently. Yet, many of the most critical and most mean spirited comments regarding this perception were left by individuals who did not attach their names to the posts.

Food for thought...

Thanks,
Nick Veronin
Staff Writer


Posted by The Eye, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 31, 2011 at 3:44 pm

If I was worried about people using my name, I wouldn't name call and snivel with some false sense of ownership of it, I'd REGISTER it. The question is are you brave enough to come out of anonymity and continue to post as you do.
Should be interesting...The Eye will be watching.


Posted by Tom, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 1, 2011 at 9:32 am

To all the catty bored people making lame jugdmental comments about this woman neighbors:

I am one of those neighbors. I live three doors down. There are several reasons why this event went unnoticed... But mainly am unsure why all your feeble intellects can't figure out that there might be circumstances beyond your immediate understanding that would keep you from having the full picture... Or are you so quick to judge other UNLESS you have all the facts?

For one, this house has had individuals renting room out and at times there are others coming and going. Secondly, this street is so full of landscapers and construction crew vehicles every weekend, it is literally impossible at times to drive down the street. It is very plausible that a moving van, or construction crew truck, or any other large vehicle was in front of this woman's house for several days and honestly no one would begin to find it strange... The pure mass of them ever present is insane. As I type this, Friday morning, there are two crews pulling up outside my window...

But my main issue, with many if you is the fact that this woman leaves HER WINDOWS AND HOUSE UNLOCKED.... not for a few hours... BUT FOR A WHOLE WEEKEND... and you choose to blane US, NOT HER...? huh? Get over yourselves people. It isn't my responsibility to watch the 30 other houses on this street especially if you're gonna leave valuable behind unlocked doors!


Posted by The Eye, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 1, 2011 at 12:44 pm

The Eye is a registered user.

To the fake "The Eye", and to all concerning doppelgangers: I already registered the screen name "The Eye" a long time ago, but often simply logged in from time to time to make a quick comment or two on the fly. Now, the lesson is learned, and in all future posts, I'll be logging in, so you all can see that the numbskull NOT logged in at "The Eye" is up to their little cute tricks again, and is simply further embarassing themselves. Geez, grow up, kid. 'Nuff said.


Posted by The Eye, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 1, 2011 at 12:46 pm

The Eye is a registered user.

I must ask: Where was Loreto's Neighborhood Watch during this burglary? Or do they even have one?


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