Mountain View Voice

News - May 24, 2013

Crime Briefs

Burglary on Nilda Ave.

Cash, jewelry and other personal effects were stolen when a home in the 1100 block of Nilda Avenue was burglarized on May 20, according to police.

The burglary happened sometime between 10:45 a.m. and noon, according to Sgt. Sean Thompson, public information officer with the Mountain View Police Department. According to the police report, Thompson said that a woman who lives in the home went out for a few hours and returned to find bedrooms ransacked, the kitchen sliding glass door open, and her bedroom window open with the screen removed.

The victim told police she is very good about making sure she locks up, but said she may have left the bedroom window open.

Police have no suspects at this time, Thompson said.

Burglar smashes door down

A burglar reportedly kicked in the door of a home in the 2300 block of Jane Lane on May 17, according to police.

Sometime between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. that day, someone reportedly kicked in a side door of the house, ransacked the place and made off with multiple watches, jewelry and an HP Pavilion computer, said Sgt. Sean Thompson, public information officer for the Mountain View Police Department.

Police have no suspects at this time, Thompson said.

Google burglars busted

It appears that an ex-Googler felt he was entitled to a severance package after the company cut him loose last month.

According to Sgt. Sean Thompson with the Mountain View Police Department, officers arrested a former employee of the search giant on suspicion of burglarizing his one-time employer — twice.

Edwin Barahona-Hernandez, a 26-year-old San Mateo man, was arrested and booked into county jail on suspicion of stealing a number of items, including laptop computers and expensive headphones from Google.

According to police records, shortly after Hernandez was terminated, someone using his ID card and strongly resembling him on surveillance video, entered a Google building at 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway and left with three Apple laptops and a pair of Sennheiser headphones valued at $120.

The incident was reported, but according to Thompson, Hernandez was not brought in for questioning, perhaps because police couldn't track him down.

Then, on May 14, Hernandez is suspected of striking Google again — this time with a group of friends.

At about 3:05 a.m. that morning, a van pulled up to a Google building at 1565 Charleston Road, Thompson said. Someone using Hernandez's badge tried to unlock a door, but the badge had been deactivated. The burglar apparently managed to convince a janitor to let him in by flashing his ID card and explaining it wasn't working to unlock the door.

Before the intruder was able to return from inside the building, Google's private security team arrived and detained three men waiting at the van, Thompson said. The security team called police and then obtained the cell number of the man inside — calling him and convincing him to come out without a fight.

Thompson said the three men in the van were arrested, in addition to Hernandez. Eric Chamale a 21-year-old San Mateo man was arrested on suspicion of burglary and conspiracy; Jose R. Chamale, a 22-year-old San Mateo Man was arrested on suspicion of burglary and possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia; and Leonel Curup, a 27-year-old San Mateo man, was arrested on suspicion of burglary and conspiracy.

—Mountain View Voice staff

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