Mountain View Voice

For the Record - August 19, 2011

Crime briefs

Residential burglary

Various gold jewelry was stolen from a home in the 300 block of Anna Avenue sometime between 10:45 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 8, police said.

The burglar, or burglars, apparently entered the house through an unlocked window, according to Mountain View police spokeswoman Jaime Garrett.

"We encourage residents to make sure that the windows and doors to their home are locked when they aren't home and to secure all valuables," Garrett said.

Necklace-snatching victim comes forward

Another victim has come forward, claiming she was also robbed of jewelry by a Mountain View man arrested Aug. 6 and charged with committing a string of similar robberies, police said.

The 38-year-old woman reported the robbery after she heard about the arrest of three men that police believe worked together in a necklace-snatching spree during July and August, according to Jaime Garrett, a spokeswoman with the Mountain View Police Department.

According to Garrett, the woman was robbed while she walked on Rengstorff Avenue near California Street just a few hours before the men were arrested. She accurately described a necklace police found on Antonio Sotelo-Lozano, the 18-year-old East Palo Alto suspect charged with the robberies.

Sotelo-Lozano was apprehended after he allegedly hid in the bathroom of an apartment on Latham Street after police chased him from a car, which matched the description of a getaway vehicle used in a second necklace robbery.

Police also arrested Alexander Avalos and Miguel Zamora, both 19 and from East Palo Alto. The two men were in the car with Sotelo-Lozano when police stopped it near the scene of the later robbery. They were arrested without incident.

Garrett said that an additional robbery charge has been levied against Sotelo-Lozano.

'Well-shaven'

A stark naked, "well-shaven" young man asked a woman in a Mountain View parking garage for directions on Aug. 8, police said.

According to Mountain View police spokeswoman Jaime Garrett, the 29-year-old victim was walking to her car in an underground garage located at 555 W. Middlefield Road at about 4:25 p.m. when the man approached her, in the buff, and asked her the way to Castro Street.

The woman then screamed, ran to her car, left the garage and called police, Garrett said. The police report described the man as "well-shaven" and about 20 years old with dark hair. "I have no idea what that means," Garrett said, referring to the description of the man's shaving habits.

"He made no sexual advances," Garrett said. "He was merely asking for directions, it appears. We have no leads on who it might have been."

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