Mountain View Voice

News - November 8, 2013

Crime briefs

Cluster of car break-ins

There were at least 20 car break-ins in Mountain View over the last week — between Oct. 30 and Nov. 5. That's a much higher number than is seen in a typical week in the city.

A spokeswoman with the Mountain View Police Department said it wasn't clear if there was a link between any of the break-ins, although she said investigators would certainly look for similarities in the crimes.

The largest cluster of car burglaries occurred over the course of the evening of Oct. 30, when six cars were broken into on View, Hope and Bryant streets near downtown.

Front door forced open

A woman came home to find her home in the 1500 block of Thomas Court had been broken into and jewelry had been stolen on Nov. 4, police said.

The 55-year-old woman told police that she returned home to find that her front door was ajar, according to Shino Tanaka, a spokeswoman with the Mountain View Police Department.

Tanaka said it appeared the front door had been forced open.

Gun stolen in burglary

A revolver was stolen from a home in the 1700 block of Spring Street, police said.

The owner of the gun was out of his house from about 3:45 p.m. until 5:15 p.m. on Nov. 2, according to Shino Tanaka, spokeswoman for the Mountain View Police Department.

The 63-year-old man told police he had locked up all of his doors, but when he returned home he discovered that his front door was open, Tanaka said. Police believe the burglar, or burglars, entered through a window that was closed but not secured.

The interior of the home was ransacked and the gun was taken from its unsecured storage place.

"Make sure you lockup your firearms," Tanaka said, adding: "If you come home and find that your front door is ajar, please don't go inside, call 911. It's safer for the police to come investigate the scene."

—Nick Veronin

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