Mountain View Voice

News - February 28, 2014

Crime briefs

Indecent exposure

Police arrested a Mountain View man for allegedly exposing himself to two juvenile boys on Stevens Creek Trail earlier this week.

Emergency dispatchers received two separate reports of a man exposing himself on the trail around 1 p.m. on Feb. 19 near the trail's Yuba Drive entrance, according to Sgt. Saul Jaeger, public information officer for the Mountain View Police Department. The man did not make an attempt to touch the boys.

Responding officers located a man matching the description given by the two boys, Jaeger said. The victims identified the man, Victoriano Prieto, 36, and he was arrested on charges of indecent exposure.

Jaeger said police are asking anyone who may have been accosted by Prieto to call the department at 650-903-6345.

Inappropriate messages

Investigators are asking for the community's help in identifying anyone who may have been victimized by a local man police are calling a sexual predator.

The suspect, 31-year-old Cesar Urieta, was arrested on Feb. 18 on charges of causing a minor to distribute harmful material and contacting a minor with the intent to commit a sexual offense, according to a recent post on the Mountain View Police Department's blog.

According to police, Urieta had been renting a room from a Mountain View family for the past few years. During that time, investigators say, he had developed an increasingly inappropriate relationship with the family's juvenile son — including sending "inappropriate messages" to the boy.

In the wake of Urieta's arrest, detectives are asking that anyone else who may have been inappropriately contacted by Urieta to come forward and alert authorities.

"If you ever come across any questionable material, and you believe the child may be the victim of a sexual predator, call us," said MVPD Det. Jessica Nanez. "Do not wait. It is our duty as adults, caretakers and responsible individuals to protect children from harm."

Police are asking anyone with any information on this case to call 650-903-6344 and reference case number 14-0939.

Jewelry stolen

More than $4,000 worth of jewelry was reported stolen from a home in the 1100 block of Sladky Avenue, police said.

According to Sgt. Saul Jaeger, public information officer with the Mountain View Police Department someone kicked open a door to the garage sometime between 1:30 p.m. and 5:35 p.m. on Feb. 23.

When the owner of the jewelry returned home, about $4,400 worth of jewelry was gone.

Watches swiped

Watches stolen

Someone snatched three watches from a dresser beneath the bedroom window of an apartment located on the 700 block of N. Shoreline Boulevard, police said.

The burglary took place on Feb. 21, sometime between about 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m., according to Sgt. Jaeger.

The watches were valued at about $240, Jaeger said.

—Nick Veronin

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