Mountain View Voice

News - May 17, 2013

Crime briefs

China Cafe robbed at gunpoint

An employee of the China Cafe restaurant located near the Safeway on Miramonte Avenue was robbed at gunpoint as she prepared to close the store on May 11, according to police.

No customers were left inside the restaurant, and the 55-year-old woman was closing down the cash register, when a man entered the store, pointed what looked like a black handgun at her and demanded money, according to Sgt. Sean Thompson, public information officer with the Mountain View Police Department.

The woman handed the man money and he fled the store, Thompson said. The woman described the robber as a 5-foot-8-inch Hispanic man, around 30 years old, of average build and wearing a light-colored sweatshirt.

There was no security footage and police do not have a suspect, Thompson said.

Armed robbers hit market

Two men — one of them armed with a silver handgun — robbed the Mercado Merlen on Wednesday night, according to Mountain View police.

The victim, a 46-year-old Mountain View woman, told police that the two robbers entered the store, located near the corner of California Street and Showers Drive, at about 8:30 p.m. on May 9, according to Sgt. Dan Vicencio, public information officer. One of the men waved his gun around, pointing it at customers and other employees of the store, while the other man emptied the contents of two cash registers into a bag.

It is unknown how much money the men stole, Vicencio said.

The robbers were described as black men in their mid-20s, Vicencio said. Both wore white bandanas to obscure their faces. One of the men was about 5 feet 8 inches and 200 pounds, while the other was about 6 feet 1 inch and about 250 pounds.

The few customers in the store when the robbery occurred did not stick around to give police an account of what they saw. The accounts from store employees did not include a description of any getaway vehicle, nor did it indicate which way they fled from the store.

Two bikes stolen from garage

A man living on the 2700 block of Diericx Drive woke up Sunday to find two bicycles and a TV had been taken from his open garage overnight.

The man, who told police his recently installed garage door has been malfunctioning, last checked the garage at around 10:30 p.m. on May 10, according to Sgt. Sean Thompson, public information officer with the Mountain View Police Department. When the man woke up the next morning and went outside at around 8:30 a.m., he discovered that a 42-inch flat screen TV, and two road bikes were missing.

Thompson said the man did no know the brand of the missing TV, but told police that the bicycles stolen included a Specialized brand "Roubaix" and a Trek brand "700c."

Storage unit burglary

An employee of the China Cafe restaurant located near the Safeway on Miramonte Avenue was robbed at gunpoint as she prepared to close the store on May 11, according to police.

No customers were left inside the restaurant, and the 55-year-old woman was closing down the cash register, when a man entered the store, pointed what looked like a black handgun at her and demanded money, according to Sgt. Sean Thompson, public information officer with the Mountain View Police Department.

The woman handed the man money and he fled the store, Thompson said. The woman described the robber as a 5-foot-8-inch Hispanic man, around 30 years old, of average build and wearing a light-colored sweatshirt.

There was no security footage and police do not have a suspect, Thompson said.

Burlgars nab iPad

An iPad Mini was stolen when a home on the 700 block of Emily Street was burglarized on May 10, police said.

The victim left the house at around 6:30 a.m. and returned at 4:34 p.m. to find that the rear patio door was open, items were strewn about her bedroom, and the iPad Mini was gone. According to Sgt. Sean Thompson, public information officer with the Mountain View Police Department, the woman told police she had secured the house before leaving in the morning.

There are no suspects in the case, according to police.

—Mountain View Voice staff

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