Mountain View Voice

News - March 7, 2014

Crime briefs

Peeping Tom reported

A resident of the Americana Apartments, located at 707 Continental Circle in Mountain View, called police at 5:15 p.m. on March 2, reporting that she had seen a man masturbating while looking at her through an apartment window.

According to Sgt. Saul Jaeger, public information officer with the Mountain View Police Department, the woman did not want to prosecute the man and was unable to identify the purported peeping Tom after an investigation.

No arrests were made.

Symphony association embezzlement uncovered

The former executive director of the Peninsula Symphony Association has been accused of embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from the decades-old Los Altos community orchestra.

Stephen Jay Carlton, a 45-year-old Novato resident, is facing multiple felony charges, including grand theft, embezzlement, forgery, identity theft and tax evasion. He faces up to 18 years in prison if he is convicted. He was arrested late last week.

Carlton came under suspicion in September 2013 after one of the association's board members was alerted that the 65-year-old nonprofit's funds were unusually low, according to a press release issued by the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office.

Carlton resigned shortly after board members brought the issue to the Los Altos Police Department, the press release said. One of the symphony's endowments dropped from $227,000 to $375; another was depleted by nearly $200,000 — going from $195,000 to $395.

In a subsequent investigation, it was shown that Carlton had used association checks to pay himself, according to investigators. He is accused of forging the signatures of two board members on a number of the checks, taking out an unauthorized $25,000 loan in the association's name and using the money to pay down personal debts.

Purse-snatching

A woman was robbed of her purse in front of the Ross store, located at 405 San Antonio Rd., at about 6 p.m. on March 4, police said.

The victim, who was in her mid-20s, told police that she was walking through the Ross parking lot near the front of the store, when someone came up from behind her grabbed the small, clutch purse she had under her arm, according to Sgt. Saul Jaeger with the Mountain View Police Department.

When she turned around, she saw a man running away toward San Antonio Rd., Jaeger said. The woman described the robber as a black man in his late 20s, about 6 feet tall, of thin build, and wearing a white baseball hat, a gray jacket and torn blue jeans.

Not much of value was in her purse, according to Jaeger. She was not hurt.

Nick Veronin

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