Mountain View Voice

News - January 20, 2012

Crime briefs

Cheek pinching

Police now say that the woman suspected of biting two children on the face may have only pinched their cheeks.

Mountain View police arrested Polly Beltramo, 46, of Palo Alto on suspicion of felony child abuse after a mother at the Book Buyers bookstore on Castro Street reported that her young children had been bitten on their cheeks around 1 p.m. on Jan. 12. The children, an infant and a toddler, were treated at the scene.

"We no longer believe the two children were bitten by the suspect. Instead, we believe she pinched them," said Liz Wylie, spokeswoman for the police department. "The injuries are not consistent with being bit."

As the only person who saw the incident was the toddler, police don't have any credible witnesses, Wylie said.

Residential burglary

Jewelry and a camera were reported stolen when an apartment in the 1800 block of Higdon Avenue was burglarized on Jan. 13, police said.

The 48-year-old victim left her house at around 4:40 p.m. and found her front door open when she returned about an hour later, according to Mountain View police spokeswoman Liz Wylie.

Police could not find an obvious point of entry, Wylie said. The woman told police she had locked all her windows and doors.

Armed robbery

A deliveryman was robbed after dropping off a pizza at an apartment in the 2000 block of California Street on Jan. 15, police said.

The 40-year-old victim, a Mountain View resident and Domino's employee, was returning to his car after dropping off a pizza at about 9:10 p.m., according to MVPD spokeswoman Liz Wylie. The man was approached by two men dressed in all black. Both pointed a silver, semi-automatic handgun at him and demanded his money and cell phone, which he handed over, Wylie said.

Ordered to run back to the apartment complex, he returned to the apartment he had delivered the pizza and called his boss. He did not call police until he returned to work.

Officers searched the area for the two men, whom the victim described as being of medium height and build and appeared to be in their late teens.

The victim was not hurt in the robbery, Wylie said. The money taken in the robbery was less than $100.

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