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News - December 16, 2011

Crime briefs

Man robbed at gunpoint

A man was robbed of his cell phone, keys and wallet in the carport of his apartment complex in the early hours of Thursday morning, police said.

The victim, a 36-year-old Mountain View man, had just pulled into a parking spot at his apartment complex, located in the first block of Showers Drive, said police spokeswoman Liz Wylie, As he was getting out of his car, two men approached him, showed him a black handgun and demanded his things.

Both of the assailants' faces were covered, but judging by their voices the man told police he thought they might have been as young as 15 years old, Wylie said. The robbers wore dark clothing and both stood about 5 feet 8 inches tall and were of medium build.

After taking the man's things they fled on foot, Wylie said. Police did not locate any suspects. No one was injured

Burglary, interrupted

A teenage boy and his mother returned home to find a burglary in progress on the afternoon of Dec. 8, police said.

The mother, 38, and her son, 15, came back to their Mountain View home in the 500 block of Mariposa Avenue at around 3:40 p.m., according to police spokeswoman Liz Wylie. The woman told officers she had left the house unlocked because she was only making a short trip to pick up her son at school.

When the two arrived home, the son saw that the gate to the side yard was open, so he closed it before heading into the house. His mother remained outside on the front porch.

Entering the house, the teen discovered a man inside, Wylie said. The man fled out the back door and down the side yard where he climbed over the gate that the boy had just shut. The teen chased the man into the side yard where he encountered another man. The boy yelled at him, telling him to leave while walking toward him. The man opened the gate and ran out.

The mother, who had remained on the porch, said she saw three men running away from her home and getting into the passenger doors of a parked car, Wylie said. A fourth person, who had been waiting in the driver's seat, drove off with all three burglars aboard.

The car — described as a light blue, four-door sedan — was last seen heading west on Latham Street, Wylie said. The burglars took an iPod Nano and some ear buds, they reported.

Neither the boy nor his mother saw the driver, but the three others were described as being in their late teens, Wylie said. Two appeared Hispanic and the third white. One of the Hispanic burglars was heavy set and wearing a black sweatshirt and blue jeans; the other two were average weight and height; the white burglar wore a red baseball cap.

No one was injured.

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