Mountain View Voice

News - December 7, 2012

Crime Briefs

Stolen car

Two young men were arrested in connection to a stolen car, which police found crashed and abandoned near the intersection of Shoreline Boulevard and Central Expressway last week.

The car, which had been reported stolen from another city, was a green Honda Accord. It was found crashed into a curb around 11 a.m. on Nov. 30, according to Sgt. Sean Thompson, public information officer for the Mountain View Police Department. When officers responded to the crash they discovered that the vehicle's airbags had been deployed and whoever had been driving had left the scene.

Police canvassed the area, Thompson said, and eventually apprehended two young men — Jose Escobar, an 18-year-old from Fresno; and Enrique Alchino, a 20-year-old from San Jose. The two were "soaking wet," according to Thompson, and each matched the descriptions provided by witnesses who saw men fleeing the site of the crash. Alchino was found at 240 Polaris St. Escobar was tracked down at the Safeway at 570 N. Shoreline Blvd.

They were both arrested for possession of stolen property and hit and run, Thompson said. They were booked into county jail.

Landscaping tools burgled

Two gas-powered leaf blowers and a gas-powered edger were stolen from the garage of a single-family home on the 600 block of McCarty Avenue on Dec. 3, police said.

Investigators have no suspects, as no one saw who took the landscaping equipment out of the home's open garage sometime between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., according to Sgt. Sean Thompson, public information officer for the Mountain View Police Department.

The leaf blowers were valued at about $250 each and the edger was valued at about $225, Thompson said. The victim, a 68-year-old man, told police that all of the pieces of equipment were made by the Echo brand.

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