Mountain View Voice

For the Record - February 18, 2011

Crime briefs

Trio invades apartment

A young Mountain View man was robbed at knifepoint Tuesday afternoon in his apartment in a large complex located at 2675 Fayette Dr., police said.

According to police spokeswoman Liz Wylie, three young men suddenly appeared in the victim's bedroom at about 4:30 p.m. and said they intended to rob him and took multiple items. The apartment was unlocked at the time of the robbery.

One of the assailants punched the victim in the head and later threatened him with a knife from the kitchen, Wylie said.

Wylie said investigators are not releasing descriptions of the items taken from the victim for fear that it may disrupt their investigation, however police have arrested one suspect in connection with the robbery, Wylie said — a 17-year-old acquaintance of the victim.

The teen who was arrested is not the one who threatened the victim with the knife, Wylie said.

Police are still looking for two other men.

"This was not a random act," Wylie said in an e-mail. "The suspects targeted this victim."

Costco robber arrested

A would-be shoplifter turned into a would-be robber on Valentine's Day, after a Costco security guard attempted to stop a man who had been observed stealing items from the warehouse store, Mountain View police said.

Kurt Klein, a 20-year-old Mountain View resident, was arrested after being detained by a Costco loss prevention agent outside the store on Monday, Feb. 14, said police spokeswoman Liz Wylie.

According to the police report, the guard first witnessed Klein cutting open boxes of electronic equipment — a digital camera and portable hard drive — and putting the items into his pockets.

Wylie said that Klein then attempted to leave without paying, when the security guard attempted to stop him. At that point, she said, he pushed the guard and fled, only to be caught, brought to the ground and placed under citizen's arrest.

By pushing the guard, Klein upped the ante of his crime from theft to robbery, Wylie said.

All of the items — valued at $399.98 — were recovered, she said.

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