Mountain View Voice

For the Record - November 9, 2012

Crime Briefs

Assault with car

Police are on the lookout for a man and woman who allegedly clipped a local liquor store clerk with their car Thursday after stealing four bottles of liquor from the store.

The man and the woman had a child with them on Nov. 1, when they entered Wine Press Liquors, at the corner of El Camino Real and Rengstorff Avenue, and concealed a bottle of whiskey, a bottle of scotch and two bottles of vodka before walking out of the store, according to Sgt. Sean Thompson, public information officer for the Mountain View Police Department.

The trio then got into a car and were getting ready to drive away when the liquor store clerk, who saw what they were up to, stepped in front of the car and told them to stop, Thompson said. The two alleged booze thieves did not stop, but instead drove forward, grazing the 42-year-old clerk's leg as he tried to avoid being hit head-on.

Both the man and the woman were described as Asian, Thompson said. The clerk described the man as being under 6 feet tall, of medium build and wearing a light-colored shirt, dark pants and a light baseball cap. The woman was also less than 6 feet tall, and wore dark pants and dark shoes. There was no description of the woman's shirt or of the child.

The two could face charges of shoplifting and assault with a deadly weapon, Thompson said.

Halloween assault

A woman was punched and robbed of her purse in front of her children while they were on their way home from trick-or-treating on Halloween night, police said.

At about 10 p.m. on Oct. 31, the 30-year-old woman had just gotten her children into her car near the intersection of Farley Street and Montecito Avenue when a man came from behind, pushed her, punched her in the face and took her purse without saying a word, according Sgt. Dan Vicencio, spokesman for the Mountain View Police Department.

The man, dressed in dark clothing and wearing a white mask, was about 180 to 200 lbs and about 5 feet 8 inches tall, Vicencio said. Neither the robber's approximate age nor his race could be determined, as his face was obscured. The man didn't say anything, and ran away immediately after taking the woman's purse, which contained her wallet.

Police have no suspects in the crime. The only known witnesses are the woman and the children. Anyone with information may call 650-903-6395. All callers may remain anonymous.

Cash, jewelry stolen

About $17,000 in cash and jewelry was stolen from a home in the Santiago Villa Mobile Home Park on Oct. 24, police said.

The man and woman who lived in the mobile home returned home at about 12:30 p.m. after being gone since about 8:45 a.m. and said they found their belongings strewn across the floor of their bedroom, according to Sgt. Sean Thompson, public information officer for the Mountain View Police Department.

Investigators believe that the burglar, or burglars, got into the residence through the bedroom window, before they made off with $2,000 in cash and about $15,000 in jewelry, Thompson said.

Police have no suspect information at this time.

Shotgun, ammo stolen

A shotgun and ammunition were reported stolen from a home in the 700 block of Leona Lane on Oct. 26, police said.

A 52-year-old woman that lives in the house called police to report the crime, which occurred sometime between 8:45 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. while no one was home, according to Mountain View Police Department spokesman, Sgt. Sean Thompson.

The woman told police she returned home and found her kitchen "ransacked" and an empty gun case on the floor, Thompson said.

It is unclear how the burglar, or burglars, got into the house, the sergeant said. There were no witnesses.

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