Mountain View Voice

News - March 22, 2013

Crime briefs

Fleeing clerk thwarts robber

A local convenience store clerk thwarted an attempted armed robber by running away, according to a police report.

The clerk, who was working at the 7-Eleven at 276 N. Whisman Rd., told police that a man wearing a hooded sweatshirt, with a black bandana covering his face, entered the store shortly after 9:30 p.m. on March 16, according to Sgt. Sean Thompson, public information officer for the Mountain View Police Department. Fearing that the man was armed, the clerk immediately ran out the front door.

Security footage from the store shows the masked robber pointing what appears to be a black handgun at the clerk as he runs out of the store, Thompson said. After that, the would-be robber apparently left without taking anything.

Thompson said that the case struck him as unusual.

A couple at the store when police arrived told responding officers that they had witnessed a man with his face covered leaving the store as they were entering, Thompson said. The couple looked around the store and called out for the clerk; initially, there was no response. After police arrived, they found the clerk, who apparently had re-entered the store through a back door. He confirmed that nothing had been taken.

Police did not find the would-be robber, Thompson said.

Robbery at Kohls

Police are searching for a woman who almost hit a security guard with her car while making a shoplifting getaway from a Mountain View department store on March 15.

The woman, described by Sgt. Sean Thompson of the Mountain View Police Department as a white 51-year-old from San Jose, allegedly took more than $1,000 worth of jewelry from the Kohls at 350 Showers Dr., on March 15 at about 5:30 p.m.

According to Thompson a security guard saw the woman leaving the store and followed her to her car. The women then got in her car, a light colored Honda sedan, threw the car in reverse and nearly hit the security guard before speeding off. Because she nearly hit the man, the case is considered a robbery.

Police obtained the woman's identity because the security guard took down her license plate. However, as of press time, police had not released her name, as she had not yet been arrested.

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