Mountain View Voice

News - June 7, 2013

Crime briefs

Medical office burglaries

A handful of Mountain View medical practitioners' offices have been burglarized over the past two weeks, according to police.

Since May 18, five doctors' offices — all of them located near El Camino Hospital — have been broken into, though not much, if anything, was reported taken in the burglaries, according to Sgt. Sean Thompson, public information officer with the Mountain View Police Department.

Two neighboring medical offices in the 2500 block of Hospital Drive were ransacked on the night of May 18, Thompson said. Then, sometime overnight between May 31 and June 1, someone broke into another pair of doctor's office located at 305 South Drive, just around the corner. In both cases, the burglarized offices' shared a single office building, and in both cases the offices were ransacked.

On June 2, janitors called to report the back door of an orthodontist's office had been kicked in, Thompson said. However, it appears that this was only an attempted break-in; investigating officers believe that no one actually got into the office.

Thompson said the burglaries could be related, but could not confirm if they were.

When asked why people tend to break in doctor's offices, Thompson said the burglars are often looking for drugs, prescription pads or perhaps personal information that could be used to steal someone's identity.

No drugs, prescription pads or personal information appears to be missing, he said. Police have no suspects at this time.

Burglars kick down door

A man and a woman returned to their home in the 1200 block of El Monte on May 31 to find that their front door had been kicked open and jewelry had been stolen from inside.

The 31-year-old man and 36-year-old woman left the house at about 7:40 a.m. and returned home around 8:40 p.m., according to Sgt. Sean Thompson, public information officer with the Mountain View Police Department.

When they returned home they entered their house through a side door and didn't notice the front door was ajar until around 9:40 p.m., Thompson said. Once they noticed the door was open and the frame was cracked, they discovered a room had been ransacked and some gold, silver and diamond jewelry had been stolen.

There were no witnesses and no surveillance footage, Thompson said.

Charges in string of burglaries

A 26-year-old man has been charged in a string of eight robberies in Los Altos since February, including four banks, a liquor store, gas station and pizzeria, Los Altos police said.

The Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office on Friday filed eight counts of robbery against Thomas Andrew Cronin, a resident of Los Altos, police said.

Police apprehended Cronin on Wednesday during a traffic stop at 11:45 a.m., about 90 minutes after a reported robbery of the US Bank at 1001 Fremont Ave. in Los Altos, police said.

During the robbery, a man pulled a handgun on a teller, demanded money and fled the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash in a car a witness saw him drive away in, police said.

Officers spotted a car matching the one the witness described near the intersection of Rosita Avenue and Anderson Drive in Los Altos.

Cronin, the driver of the car, was arrested on robbery charges and booked into the Santa Clara County Jail in San Jose, police said.

An investigation by police later linked Cronin to seven other robberies in Los Altos, including the Standard Liquor store on Feb. 2 and March 19, Bank of the West on Feb. 11 and Comerica Bank at 275 Third St. on March 6 and April 11.

Police also alleged that Cronin robbed the Shell Gas station at 929 Fremont Ave. and Round Table Pizza at 399 First St.

Prosecutors filed the other seven charges Friday after Cronin was arrested on suspicion of robbing the US Bank, police said.

—Bay City News Service

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