Two laptops were stolen from MOOG CSA Engineering on the first of the month in a burglary that was not reported until April 18, police said.
Someone broke into the offices at about 5:50 a.m., April 1, through a locked double glass front door and made off with the two computers -- valued at about $2,000 and $2,500 respectively -- Mountain View police spokeswoman Liz Wylie said.
The break-in triggered the building's alarm system, but there was no sign of forced entry when officers arrived, Wylie said. All the doors and windows were locked, so the officers assumed it was a false alarm.
The next day, employees realized that the laptops had been stolen, but decided not to report it, because their insurance deductible was higher than the value of the laptops, Wylie said. The company only decided to report the crime when they received a bill from the police department for a response to a false alarm so that they could get the false alarm charges reversed.
"It is critical that people and companies report crimes to us immediately," Wylie said. She added that businesses with double doors should invest in high quality locking mechanisms. "Double doors are more commonly defeated when locked than regular doors," she said.