Mountain View Voice

News - May 10, 2013

Crime Briefs

Bike stolen from garage

A Mountain View woman living on Tulane Drive watched as a man walked up her driveway, into her open garage and rode away with her mountain bike on May 3, police said.

The victim of the burglary told police she chased after the man for a short way down the 1100 block of Tulane Drive, but it was no use, said Sgt. Sean Thompson of the Mountain View Police Department. The man got away with the orange, Giant-brand bicycle. The mountain bike, which had the word "Yukon" printed on it was estimated to be worth around $500.

The resident described the thief's appearance as Hispanic, between 20- and 25-years-old, about 6 feet tall and wearing a baseball cap, according to Thompson. Police searched the area but could not find the man.

Taco Bell burgled

Sometime after "Fourth Meal" on May 2, someone got hungry for more than just a late-night bean-and-cheese burrito, smashing through the drive-through window of the Taco Bell at 975 N. Shoreline Blvd.

According to Mountain View police, a burglar or burglars broke into the fast food restaurant between 1:30 a.m. and 7:27 a.m. — taking $300 after the last closing employee had locked up, but before the morning shift began.

After opening the store in the morning, an employee discovered that the drive-through window had been busted out and three cash registers were on the floor, police spokesman Sgt. Sean Thompson said.

No alarm had been set and security footage did not capture images of whomever broke into the store, Thompson said.

Taco Bell has been promoting late-night dining as "Fourth Meal" in a series of ads.

Suspicious circumstance

A resident living in the 600 block of Hans Avenue told police that three window screens had been cut and partially removed from the outside of her home sometime between the end of April and beginning of May.

Nothing was taken from inside the home and it doesn't appear anyone broke in, according to Sgt. Sean Thompson, public information officer from the Mountain View Police Department. Still, the woman said she had not removed the screens herself, suggesting that someone may have been trying to break into the home.

The screens were likely tampered with between April 28 and May 4, according to Thompson.

Caltrain hits car

A Caltrain hit a car at the railroad crossing at Rengstorff Avenue and Central Expressway around 5:20 p.m. this evening, May 3.

No one was in the car when it was struck, and there were no injuries to anyone, including the passengers and crew aboard the train, said Caltrain spokeswoman Christine Dunne.

Dunne said that the car, which had an automatic transmission, stalled somehow while in the most inopportune of spots. The driver, a young woman, saw the No. 366 train coming and decided to get out of her car while she still had time.

"She was very fortunate," Dunne said. "She did exactly what she was supposed to do."

The car was towed off the tracks about 6:05 p.m. and by 6:30 p.m. the southbound track was opened. As a result of the incident, trains were delayed from 10 to 60 minutes.

Mountain View Police Department posted a picture on its Twitter account of a silver sedan, the rear end badly damaged at the crossing, which can be found on the Voice website.

—Mountain View Voice staff

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