Five vehicles were recently stolen over a seven-day span in Mountain View — more than half the usual number taken each month in the city — according to police.
"It's a little too soon to know if it's a trend," said Mountain View police spokeswoman Liz Wylie. However, she added, investigators "are keeping an eye on it."
The vehicles were taken between Feb. 15 and Feb. 21. Wylie said that police do not believe any of the crimes to be related.
On average, about eight cars, trucks or SUVs are stolen each month in Mountain View, she said.
A security guard was punched while attempting to break up a fight outside of Molly Magee's after last call, in the early hours of Feb. 18, police said.
According to Liz Wylie, a spokeswoman for the police department, the fight occurred shortly after 1:30 a.m., in front of the neighboring Ristorante Don Giovanni restaurant on Castro Street.
When a security guard from Molly Magee's attempted to break up the fight, he was punched in the cheek Wylie said. The security guard managed to subdue the man who punched him, placing him under citizen's arrest until the police arrived.
The rest of the brawlers fled before police arrived, Wylie said.
Police arrested Cuong Truong, 25, of Oakland, charging him for public intoxication and battery, and booked him into county jail.
Police have a warrant to arrest two women in connection with a robbery at Walmart.
The robbery started as a shoplifting attempt when one of the two women allegedly put some cosmetics in her purse and left the store without paying,
according to Liz Wylie, a spokeswoman for the Mountain View Police Department.
A plainclothes security guard told the women — a 21-year-old from Palo Alto and a 25-year-old from Sunnyvale — to stop. They refused and he attempted to escort them inside, Wylie said. When the man grabbed one of the women by both arms, she pushed him and ran, getting into a yellow Mitsubishi and driving off, Wylie said.
The security guard wrote down the car's license plate number and police were able to identify the women, Wylie said. "We have requested warrants for both of them," but no arrests have been made.
No one was injured in the incident.
A handgun, two computers, seven watches, assorted jewelry and several hundred dollars were taken from a home in the Santiago Villa Mobile Home Park on Valentine's Day, police said.
The burglar, or burglars, entered the home in the 1000 block of Spacepark Way through the master bathroom window and left through the front door sometime between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., according to Liz Wylie, public information officer for the Mountain View Police Department.
Upon returning home, one of the victims, a 50-year-old man, found the screen to the bathroom window lying on the ground outside the residence, Wylie said. He reported that a 9 mm Glock handgun, an Acer laptop, a Sony tablet computer, seven of his watches and less than $1,000 in cash had been taken; the man told police he believed some of his wife's jewelry had been taken, as well — though he could not be sure how many pieces were missing.
Wylie said that the bathroom window opening was small — only opening 12 inches at most. "Whoever did this must have been small enough to fit through the window," she said.
Major tax evasion case
The owner of a locally based payroll service has been charged with 29 counts of tax evasion, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release.
Elsa Lorena Solares, the owner of a Mountain View payroll service called JC 101 Services, has been accused of "willfully attempting to evade and defeat part of the employment tax due by her clients," the release said.
Government prosecutors allege that after Solares calculated the amount her clients owed the government for payroll liabilities, employment and unemployment taxes, she collected that money from them and then pocketed the cash instead of paying the government.
A warrant has been issued for Solares' arrest, according to the release. Should she be found guilty, the maximum penalty for each of the counts is five years in prison and $250,000.