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Police investigating string of burglaries

Investigators looking for correlation among crimes

There is no evidence indicating that any of the several burglaries reported on Aug. 12 in Mountain View are related, police said. However, investigators have not ruled out the possibility that some of the crimes might be connected.

"We are definitely looking into all the burglaries that occurred to see if there is any correlation," Mountain View police spokeswoman Jaime Garrett said.

Police received the first report of a break-in at 10:14 a.m. last Friday, after a neighbor noticed that the window of a nearby apartment in the 2100 block of Rock Street had been smashed. According to Garrett, about $500 in cash was taken in the burglary, which police believe took place overnight between Aug. 11 and Aug. 12.

Three hours later, at 1:03 p.m., police received a report that a ring and a man's watch had been stolen in a burglary that likely occurred sometime between 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 12.

Garrett said that the burglar, or burglars, entered the victim's apartment -- located in the 2700 block of Del Medio Court -- through an unlocked door.

Two more burglaries were reported after that.

The sliding glass door of an apartment was smashed sometime between 9 a.m. and 3:20 p.m. in the 500 block of Cypress Point Drive, Garrett said. Nothing was taken, but the apartment was ransacked.

A little over two hours later, police received a call from a man who said 3,000 Indian rupees were taken from his apartment in the 500 block of W. Middlefield Drive. The burglary occurred sometime between 7:30 a.m. and 5:15 p.m.

Garrett said there have been reports of people attempting to break into houses and apartments while the residents are at home. In one case, she said, someone knocked on the door, and, after the resident didn't answer, a window was broken with a rock.

In another incident, on Aug. 14 in the 2000 block of California Street, a woman encountered an intruder who had climbed in through a window while she was home. Police said when she opened the door to the bathroom, she found the man climbing out the window. She only saw that the man was wearing jeans and sneakers.

"There have been a lot of burglaries lately," Garrett said, noting that in the entire month of August last year, there were only two reported burglaries. This year, as of Aug. 16, there have been 12 reports of breaking and entering in Mountain View.

"It is important that if someone is trying to determine if you are home that you let them know you are home," Garrett said, adding: "Lock your windows and doors. Some of these crimes are happening because doors and windows are unlocked, making them an easy target for criminals."

Other things residents can do to deter burglars, according to Garrett: install motion-activated lights, install better locks on windows and doors, install burglar alarms, and make sure there aren't places to for burglars to hide nearby, such as large, unkempt shrubs.

Comments

Posted by Sean, a resident of Monta Loma
on Aug 16, 2011 at 12:32 pm

This is not happening because people are leaving doors or windows unlocked, the burglars are breaking windows and doors. These are violent criminals and the police department needs to do its job and take these crimes seriously. Blaming the victim is extremely tiresome, in my opinion.


Posted by True, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 16, 2011 at 12:35 pm

True - but police also need the help from all of us to call in when there is someone suspicious or unknown near our neighbors houses, condos, apartments, etc. I also think we need to support our police and tell our council that more police are needed on the beat.


Posted by Iwish, a resident of Shoreline West
on Aug 16, 2011 at 1:01 pm

I wish that someone would try to break in while I'm at home, they would have a hard time getting out. Be safe ppl keep something near you or somewhere around your house in case one of these a**hol*s tries to break in. It's clear mountain view is going in the wrong direction. Protect yourselves, cops seem to to be busy hitting their quota giving tickets and stuff.


Posted by Jes' Sayin', a resident of Blossom Valley
on Aug 16, 2011 at 2:06 pm

Ahem, Cyprus Point? surely you meant Cypress Point


Posted by Editor, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 16, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Thanks Sayin'. I jes' fixed it.


Posted by Navy_Gunner, a resident of Stierlin Estates
on Aug 16, 2011 at 2:48 pm

When more law abiding residents start defending their homes with shotguns, the criminals will eventually go away, either by their own volition or dead, either way problem solved!!


Posted by Steve, a resident of Sylvan Park
on Aug 16, 2011 at 3:04 pm

Mtn View must have generated an 'easy crime' reputation. When I was a kid, we all knew where not to go, where the cops tolerated no 'stuff'. We avoided Sunnyvale, and had modest respect for MVPD. The criminal element will be aware of the police preoccupation with generating revenue, and must be emboldened watching them waste their crimefighting resources writing seatbelt tickets.


Posted by jupiterk, a resident of Gemello
on Aug 16, 2011 at 3:40 pm

The increasing number of crimes shows that our police are not doing their work while they keep making more money every year. Shame on the city and the police department for not being pro active. The police keep asking for more resources and more money for doing less work. I am disappointed. Criminals are getting more violent and they will break in whether the doors and windows are locked and don't care if someone is inside. its just a bad economy and criminals are getting bolder. Next we will see homicides. The police ought to do a better job instead of sitting at Starbucks and chatting with the young women out there.


Posted by Old Ben, a resident of Shoreline West
on Aug 16, 2011 at 11:15 pm

No need for guns. I have two big cans of wasp spray and a very long sharp knife. It'll be a slow and ugly death for anyone that breaks in on me.


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