Mountain View Voice

News - May 3, 2013

Crime Briefs

Door forced open in burglary

A Mountain View home was ransacked and five laptop computers were stolen in an April 24 daytime burglary, police said.

A woman, who lives with her husband in the 2400 block of Parker Avenue, left the house in the morning and returned at 12 p.m. to find that drawers had been opened and emptied onto the floor and her bed, according to Dan Vicencio, public information officer with the Mountain View Police Department. Five laptops were taken during the burglary.

According to the police report, the front door appears to have been forced open.

Electronics and cash stolen

Electronics and cash were stolen from a Mountain View apartment during the day on April 25, police said.

Police believe a burglar, or burglars, broke into an apartment on the 100 block of Palmer Avenue through a bathroom window and exited through the front door. While inside, the burglar or burglars took two iPads, two laptops, an Xbox and $60 cash, according to Sgt. Dan Vicencio, public information officer with the Mountain View Police Department.

Three men in their 20s live in the apartment, according to Vicencio. One of the men reported that he returned from work at 4 p.m. that day to find all three bedrooms in the apartment had been ransacked.

Woman robbed at Shoreline

A woman was robbed at a country music concert at Mountain View's Shoreline Amphitheatre on April 26, according to police.

The victim was watching the concert from the sloped grass section of the venue when she was pushed from behind by a man, she fell forward and the man grabbed her purse and ran off, said Sgt. Dan Vicencio of the Mountain View Police Department.

She described the robber as a thin white man in a black hooded sweatshirt, Vicencio said. The woman told Shoreline security, but "according to her statement, they didn't seem to care," Vicencio said. In any case, they did not locate the robber. She called police the next day.

iPad, jewelry stolen

A home in the 1000 block of Madison Drive was burglarized on April 26, police said. One of the two victims in the burglary returned home to find her bedroom ransacked and $15,000 in jewelry and an iPad were missing.

A husband and wife live in the home, according to Sgt. Dan Vicencio, public information officer with the Mountain View Police Department. Both left in the morning. The wife returned home at about 12:15 p.m. and first noticed the iPad was gone. When she entered her bedroom she found drawers left open, clothes strewn about and an empty jewelry box on the floor.

Police believe the burglar, or burglars, entered through a bathroom window, Vicencio said. The couple said they had left the window open "about an inch." Police found the screen to the bathroom window on the floor and the window wide open.

Investigators have no suspects and no witnesses have come forward, Vicencio said.

Escaped suspect caught

A domestic violence suspect who escaped from a patrol car in North Fair Oaks on Thursday night, April 25, was captured Saturday evening in Mountain View, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

Juan Carlos Valencia, 27, was taken into custody around 5:14 p.m., Sheriff's Deputy Rebecca Rosenblatt said.

Valencia was first arrested Thursday after people in the 2700 block of Devonshire Avenue reported a domestic violence assault in progress. Deputies found Valencia and a female victim on the sidewalk, and after conducting interviews, arrested Valencia for allegedly assaulting and injuring his girlfriend. He was handcuffed and placed in the back seat of a patrol car, but escaped on foot. Deputies pursued on foot and searched the area, but were unable to find him.

He was booked into San Mateo County Jail on Saturday evening on a $135,000 warrant on suspicion of domestic violence, false imprisonment with violence, violation of a protective order, and terrorist threats.

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Bicycle collision

Police are currently investigating who was at fault in an April 29 collision between a car and a bicyclist near the intersection of West Dana Street and Shoreline Boulevard.

No one was seriously injured in the accident, which occurred at around 7:30 a.m. on Monday, according to Sgt Dan Vicencio of the Mountain View Police Department.

Break-in nets nothing

Someone broke into the garage of a home on the 1700 block of Vassar Avenue, but left without taking anything, according to police.

Sometime between 12 p.m. and 9 p.m. on April 24, someone forced entry into the garage of the house while no one was home, according to Sgt. Dan Vicencio, public information officer with the Mountain View Police Department. Nothing was reported missing.

Mountain View Voice staff

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