Mountain View Voice

News - August 26, 2011

Crime briefs

Bike stolen

A BMX-style red bicycle was stolen from a garage in the 900 block of Trophy Drive sometime last week, police said.

Though the theft was reported on Aug. 20, Mountain View police spokeswoman Liz Wylie said the 13-year-old male victim and his family believe the bike was stolen on Aug. 14.

That's the day the family had a party and the garage was left open, Wylie said. It is likely that if the bike was stolen then, the theft occurred sometime between 4:30 and 6 p.m. The bike is worth approximately $150, Wylie said.

Attempted burglary thwarted

Two men, apparently working together, attempted to break into a house in the 800 block of Sierra Vista Avenue on Aug. 22, but were chased off by a resident who was home at the time, police said.

The 24-year-old Mountain View man living in the house was in the shower at about 11:35 a.m. when he heard someone ring the doorbell several times, according to police spokeswoman Liz Wylie. When he got out of the shower, he went to the door to see if the person was still there.

Seeing no one at the door, the man returned to his room and saw a man standing directly outside his window, Wylie said. The man standing outside fled, and the 24-year-old called the police.

A neighbor saw two men coming out of the backyard and also called the police. They were last seen heading west on Colony Street, Wylie said.

When police arrived they found that someone had removed the screen to the bedroom window and the window was ajar, Wylie said. The window had been closed.

Wylie said sometimes people pretend they aren't home when they believe a salesperson is at the door.

"Do not ever pretend that you're not home," Wylie said. It is common for burglars to knock first to find out if houses or apartments are unoccupied.

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