Mountain View Voice

News - November 29, 2013

Crime briefs

Burglary nets laptops, iPhones

Three roommates living in a house on the 2100 block of University Avenue lost their laptops and smart phones in one fell swoop on Nov. 24, police said.

Sometime between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. a burglar, or burglars, entered the house — likely through an unlocked garage door, according to Shino Tanaka, public information officer for the Mountain View Police Department.

All three victims are in their mid-20s. They each reported losing a MacBook laptop and an iPhone, Tanaka said.

The case is still under investigation, Tanaka said.

Flaming furniture

A couch was set on fire in the 170 block of Stierlin Road, in an industrial area, in the early hours of Nov. 23, according to the Mountain View Police Department.

Flagged down by an unidentified passerby and told of the fire, an officer tried to put the fire out using fire extinguishers in his squad car at about 2 a.m., according to Shino Tanaka, public information officer with the MVPD.

The small fire burned half of the couch and was almost out by the time fire fighter arrived.

No one was injured and it is unknown how the fire started.

Cell phone robbery

A woman was robbed of her cell phone in the early hours of Nov. 15 at an apartment in the 2000 block of W. Middlefield Road, police said.

The Mountain View woman was assaulted by a suspect who took her phone at about 1 a.m., according to Shino Tanaka, public information officer with the Mountain View Police Department. The 31-year-old victim declined medical treatment from emergency responders.

Police have a suspect in the case, but would not give a description of him or her as the case is under investigation.

Apartment burglary

Money, handbags and perfume were reported stolen when an apartment in the 400 block of Moffett Boulevard was burglarized.

Someone broke into the apartment sometime between 4 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Nov. 15 when the resident was away at work, according to Shino Tanaka, public information officer with the Mountain View Police Department.

All of the doors to the apartment were locked, Tanaka said. The burglary, or burglars, appear to have entered the home through a window that was closed but not locked.

—Nick Veronin

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