Mountain View Voice

News - January 17, 2014

Crime briefs

Dirty dancing

Three men told police that they had their pockets picked by one of two women on the dance floor of Molly Magees in the early hours of Sunday morning.

A 40-year-old man from San Jose, a 33-year-old man from Daly City, and a 22-year-old man from Sunnyvale each had similar stories to tell officers when they responded to a call from the Castro Street bar at 12:38 a.m. on Jan. 12, according to Shino Tanaka, public information officer for the Mountain View Police Department.

All three of the men told police they had been dancing with the same two women earlier in the night, only to realize that their wallets had gone missing later in the evening, according to Tanaka.

The youngest of the victims told police that he had been standing by the DJ's booth when one of the women beckoned him to dance with her, Tanaka said. After dancing he went to buy a drink but discovered his wallet was gone.

Police interviewed the two women that the men identified, but none of their wallets were found, Tanaka said. No arrests were made.

Pot deal gone bad?

According to Sgt. Saul Jaeger, public information officer with the Mountain View Police Department, the suspect pulled a pellet gun and held it by his side during what may have been a drug deal gone bad with the Sunnyvale man.

Police apprehended Jerome Love, a 37-year-old local man, near the location of a reported robbery, around 10:30 p.m. that night, Jaeger said.

Love was accused of stealing cash, various small bags and marijuana from the Sunnyvale man.

Love was booked into jail for robbery and destroying the Sunnyvale man's cell phone, in an attempt to prevent him from calling for help.

The victim was not arrested, although he allegedly had been in possession of the marijuana prior to the robbery. "He previously possessed it, but he didn't possess it at the time" of the encounter with police, Jaeger said.

Suspicious fire

A suspicious fire that burned behind an auto body shop in Mountain View early Monday morning destroyed three cars, a fire department spokeswoman said.

Firefighters responded to reports of a fire at Pedro's Auto Clinic at 1080 Terra Bella Ave. at 3:28 a.m. on Jan. 13, Mountain View fire spokeswoman Jaime Garrett said.

The fire was quickly extinguished, but three sedans in the rear of the business were destroyed, and two other vehicles had minor damage, fire officials said.

No injuries were reported.

The cause of the blaze remains under investigation, but the fire is considered suspicious, Garrett said, telling the Voice that the vehicles that caught on fire had been parked in the same place for quite some time. Parked cars, she noted, "don't typically self-combust."

She said any community members who witness suspicious activity should call authorities. The fire department is working with the Mountain View Police Department on the investigation.

"We always encourage our residents, 'If you see something, say something,'" Garrett said.

Burglary

An iPad, camera, jewelry and a DVD player were stolen during a burglary of a home on the 1000 block of El Monte Avenue, police said.

Sometime between 8:45 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 14, someone reportedly broke into the house through a window, according Sgt. Saul Jaeger, public information officer for the Mountain View Police Department.

—Nick Veronin

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