Mountain View Voice

News - August 5, 2011

Crime briefs

Coffee shop burglarized

More than $100 in cash was reported stolen from the register of the Dana Street Roasting Company, and a window was smashed at the neighboring Alberto's Salsa Studio and Ultra Lounge sometime overnight between July 25 and July 26, police said. Investigators believe the two incidents may be linked.

The coffee shop reported the burglary early on July 26, according to Liz Wylie, a spokeswoman for the Mountain View Police Department. The burglar or burglars apparently pried open a side window and took more than $100 from the store's cash register.

Though cabinets and drawers had been rifled through, nothing else was taken, Wylie said.

While investigating, officers noticed that a small window had been smashed at Alberto's Salsa Studio and Ultra Lounge, which is next door to the Roasting Company, Wylie said. A cash register that sits on a shelf just below the window was found lodged in the broken window frame. There was no cash in the register to be stolen, she said.

Electronics stolen in burglary

A watch and various electronics were reported stolen from a house in the 400 block of Church Street on July 26, police said.

The burglary occurred sometime between 9:15 a.m. and 8:15 p.m., according to Liz Wylie, spokeswoman for the Mountain View Police Department.

According to the police report, the 42-year-old female victim came home and discovered her bedroom window had been pried open, Wylie said. A laptop, iPod Nano, Bulova watch, a pair of Beats Audio ear buds and a gym bag were reported stolen, worth an estimated $1,030, she said. The victim had locked all her windows, Wylie said.

Jewelry stolen in burglary

Assorted diamond jewelry was reported stolen when a house in the 1800 block of Golden Way was burglarized on July 28, police said.

The 58-year-old victim reported the burglary shortly after she discovered the items had been taken at 11:40 a.m., according to Mountain View police spokeswoman Liz Wylie.

Wylie said that the burglary had occurred sometime between 1 a.m. and 11:40 a.m.

Laptop, camera stolen in burglary

A house on the 2500 block of Alvin Street was burglarized sometime between 8:30 a.m. on July 27 and 12:30 p.m. on July 28, police said.

A Macbook Pro laptop and a Canon camera were reported stolen, according to Mountain View police spokeswoman Liz Wylie. The 37-year-old female estimated that the total worth of both items was about $2,300.

The woman had left her window open, Wylie said.

Woman robbed of necklace

With the help of an accomplice in a pickup truck, a man reportedly stole a necklace from a 25-year-old woman while she walked on Villa Street, police said.

The victim, who reported the crime at 2:14 p.m., told police that a small, dark gray truck drove past her on Villa Street, near its intersection with Escuela Avenue and pulled over, according to Liz Wylie, a spokeswoman for the Mountain View Police Department.

A man stepped out of the truck, approached the woman and ripped the necklace from her neck and then tried to grab her backpack, Wylie said. The woman turned away from the man, who then ran back to the waiting truck, hopped in and drove off.

The woman told police that her necklace was worth around $200.

Couple hit with bottles

A man and a woman reported being hit with bottles during a barroom brawl in downtown Mountain View early Saturday morning, police said.

Neither of the victims were directly involved in the fight, which broke out shortly after midnight on July 30 at the Monte Carlo Club at 228 Castro St., according to Liz Wylie, a spokeswoman for the Mountain View Police Department.

The 22-year-old man and 21-year-old woman — both from Salinas — were hit with bottles, and each suffered cuts as a result.

The man, who did not recall being struck or see his attacker, was hit in the back of the head with a bottle, which shattered, Wylie said. He had a laceration on his head but declined a trip to the hospital.

The woman was hit in the face with a bottle, which caused a 2-inch cut that required stitches. Police have no witnesses or suspects, Wylie said.

Road rage incident

After he reportedly threatened to kill another driver with an ax, a Santa Clara man was arrested July 29 for possessing illegal weapons, police said.

While investigating a reported incident of road rage, police found an ax and a double-edged, fixed-blade knife in his car, according to Liz Wylie, spokeswoman for the Mountain View Police Department.

The man was initially pulled over after a driver told a passing police officer that a man driving a blue Honda Accord had just threatened to kill him while brandishing a small ax, Wylie said. The victim, who wished to remain anonymous, said he drove around the Honda, which had stopped for an inordinate amount of time at the intersection of Bush and Church streets.

After the victim drove around the car, the man in the blue Accord began following him, eventually pulling up beside him, holding up the ax and yelling out his window that he would kill the victim, Wylie said.

With a police car approaching, the suspect took off and the victim flagged down the officer. He relayed his story to the officer, who quickly located and pulled over a blue Honda Accord.

The officer found the weapons while searching the vehicle, and arrested Seth Latorre, 31, for possession of a dangerous weapon, Wylie said.

Open window burglary

A laptop and miscellaneous jewelry were reported stolen from a house in the 1400 block of Gretel Lane sometime between July 25 and July 30, police said.

Mountain View police spokeswoman Liz Wylie said entry was made through an unlocked window.

Residential burglary

A laptop and cell phone were reported stolen from an apartment on July 31 while the residents were asleep.

The burglar entered the apartment through a sliding glass door on the ground floor, which is actually about four to five feet off ground level, located at 900 block of Clark Avenue, police said. The door is believed to have been unlocked.

The 69 and 70-year-old husband and wife were sleeping inside while the $500 Dell laptop and $200 LG cell phone disappeared, said Liz Wylie, Mountain View police's spokeswoman.

—Mountain View Voice Staff

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