Mountain View Voice

News - July 23, 2010

Crime briefs

Open windows prove open invitation to burglars

Thieves took advantage of open windows in two residential burglaries, police said.

A burglar got away with more than $1,000 in electronics stolen from an apartment in the 100 block of North Rengstorff Avenue on July 19, according to police. In a similar case on July 18 in the 300 block of Escuela Avenue, a Sony video camera and a small safe box containing jewelry and cash were stolen after a burglar gained entry through an unlocked bathroom window.

The victim living at North Rengstorff reported the burglary at about 5 p.m. the same day, police spokeswoman Liz Wylie said. The burlgar gained entry to the home through an open back window, Wylie said, and made off with a laptop, an iPod touch, an iPod classic and an iPod docking station. Two backpacks were also stolen.

Wylie said that these types of crimes are often unwittingly facilitated by victims who give burglars easy entry points.

"It's almost always people leaving their doors or windows unlocked," she said.

During the summer, Wylie said, Mountain View police often see a spike in burglaries because in hot weather, people leave windows open while they are away. She advises people to either close windows before leaving home or use rods which allow windows to be opened only so far. That way air can get in, but burglars cannot.

—Nick Veronin

Thief grabs iPod Touch

A 17-year-old Mountain View boy was arrested on July 18 for robbing a 16-year-old Mountain View boy of his iPod Touch, police said.

The victim was sitting in his parked car on the 2200 block of Latham Street on Sunday evening, around 7:30 p.m., when the suspect approached the vehicle and asked the 16-year-old boy if he was involved in gangs, according to Mountain View police spokewoman, Liz Wylie. The victim attempted to roll up his window, but the suspect grabbed hold and broke the window out of the vehicle. He grabbed the victim's iPod Touch and fled the scene on foot.

The victim knew the suspect's name and gave it to police. Later that evening, another officer spotted the suspect in the 1900 block of Latham Street, said Wylie. After the victim identified him, police booked the 17-year-old boy into juvenile hall, Wylie said.

—Nick Veronin

New iPhone 4 nabbed

A Mountain View woman selling her iPhone 4 was instead robbed of the device in the parking lot of a local supermarket on July 16, police said.

The victim, 31, had arranged to sell the phone through Craigslist, Mountain View police spokeswoman Liz Wylie said. Just before 5 p.m., a potential buyer approached the victim as she sat in her car in the parking lot of the Lucky at 715 East El Camino Real and asked to see the phone.

However, the suspect pulled it out of her hand and fled.

The man was described as being about 6 feet tall and in his 30s, Wylie said. He was wearing a white shirt, white shorts and white shoes.

—Nick Veronin

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