Mountain View Voice

News - July 16, 2010

Teens charged with burglary of neighbor

Two Mountain View teenagers were arrested on suspicion of burglary on July 12 after a woman reported that cash had been stolen from her home on the 2100 block of Reinert Road, according to Mountain View police.

The victim said she returned home from work to find her bathroom window open and a footprint on the toilet seat. Less than $400 was missing from her dresser, said Liz Wylie, a spokeswoman for the Mountain View Police Department.

When police arrived on the scene they interviewed a neighbor who claimed to have witnessed one of the suspects, 19-year-old Christian Mendoza, entering the victim's house, according to Wylie.

Mendoza, who lives in a different unit in the same duplex as the victim, was contacted by police, who developed evidence that he and a 14-year-old boy had broken into the victim's home, Wylie said. The money was not recovered.

Both teens were arrested. Mendoza was booked into the jail and the younger boy was released to the custody of his parents.

—Nick Veronin

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