According to Mountain View police spokeswoman Liz Wylie, the victim, a 40-year-old woman, woke up on Dec. 21 and discovered that the back door to her garage was ajar, the gate to the backyard was ajar and that several boxes within her garage had been rifled through. About $100 worth of costume jewelry was missing along with a bottle of perfume.
The woman's 14-year-old daughter told her mother that she thought she heard someone walking through the backyard at about 11:40 p.m. on Dec. 20. "That is likely when it happened," Wylie said.
According to the victim, the back door to the garage was locked that night, Wylie said. Police are not sure how the burglar or burglars got in.
Burglary suspect sketch
Police have released a sketch of a suspect in a Dec. 8 burglary, and are asking for the public's help in solving the case.
A teenage boy and his mother encountered a burglar upon returning home on Dec. 8, according to Liz Wylie, a spokeswoman for the Mountain View Police Department.
The mother, 38, and her son, 15, came back to their Mountain View home in the 500 block of Mariposa at around 3:40 p.m., Wylie said. The woman told officers she had left the house unlocked while picking up her son at school.
The teen discovered a man inside the house, Wylie said. With the teen in pursuit, the man fled out the rear door, down the side yard and over the gate. The teen encountered another man in the side yard.
From the porch, the boy's mother saw three men running and getting into a parked car, Wylie said. A fourth person drove the car away.
The car — described as a light blue, four-door sedan — was last seen heading west on Latham St., Wylie said. The burglars took an iPod nano and ear buds.
Three of the suspects were described as being in their late teens, Wylie said. Two appeared Hispanic and the third white. One of the Hispanic burglars (pictured in the sketch) was heavy-set and wearing a black sweatshirt and blue jeans; the other two were average weight and height; the white burglar wore a red baseball cap. The sketch can be viewed at http://is.gd/oMvw2T.
Anyone who recognizes the man in the sketch may call police anonymously at 903-6395.
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