Mountain View Voice

News - February 17, 2012

Crime briefs

Home burglarized

While residents slept, a flat-screen television and a desktop computer were stolen from their apartment in the 800 block of E. El Camino Real over the weekend, police said.

Access to the ground-floor apartment was through an open sliding-glass door, said Liz Wylie, a spokeswoman for the Mountain View Police Department. A 42-inch Sharp LCD TV and an iMac desktop computer were stolen while the apartment's residents — a 48-year-old man and 17-year-old teenager — slept.

Wylie said whoever burglarized the apartment had to climb over a 10-foot-high fence to enter the patio area and sliding glass door. Police have some leads in the case, she said, but could not reveal any of them as they might jeopardize the investigation.

Apartment burglarized

Three computers and miscellaneous jewelry was stolen from a house in the 700 block of Hans Avenue during the day on Feb. 10, police said.

It appears that a burglar, or burglars, kicked in the door to the garage, and then forced open a second door to get in the house, said Liz Wylie, public information officer with the Mountain View Police Department. A number of Apple products were taken in the burglary, including a Macbook Air laptop, an iMac desktop computer and an iPad tablet computer — all together worth an estimated $3,600. The jewelry stolen was valued at roughly $60.

Wylie said there is little the victims — a 39-year-old woman and 41-year-old man — could have done to prevent the burglary, which occurred sometime between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

"This kind of case is pretty rare," Wylie said, noting that generally burglars enter homes and apartments through open doors and windows. The only thing Wylie could suggest to defend a home against a break-in such as this is an alarm system.

"We encourage people to have alarm systems at their house and to have them activated when they are not home," she said.

BB gun

Police responded to a report of a man with a gun near St. Francis High School only to find a man shooting at birds in a nearby tree with his BB gun, a police spokeswoman said.

Shortly after 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 10, officers contacted the man in the 1900 block of Wilson Court, according to Liz Wylie, a public information officer with the Mountain View Police Department.

Wylie said that the man told police he was shooting at the birds because they were a nuisance. The incident was quickly resolved and no arrests were made, Wylie said.

The man was not in violation of any laws, Wylie said. "It could be animal cruelty if you injure or kill an animal. That's not an advisable way to deal with any nuisance or pest," she said.

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