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Mountain View Voice

News - March 9, 2012

Crime briefs

Jewelry store robbed

Two men robbed a Mountain View jewelry store at gunpoint in the morning, Feb. 28, police said.

The robbers walked into Carmen's Joyeria, located at 593 Esquela Ave. at about 10:40 a.m., according to Liz Wylie, public information officer with the Mountain View Police Department.

One of the men had a gun and pointed it at the owner of the store, while his accomplice took jewelry from a glass display, Wylie said.

The value of the jewelry is unknown at this point, Wylie said.

Burglars hit taqueria

Around $3,500 to $4,000 was stolen from Taqueria La Bamba the early hours of Feb. 28, police said.

Police believe the burglary of the restaurant, located at 2058 Old Middlefield Way, took place between 12:30 a.m. and 2:13 a.m., Wylie said. Cash was stolen from inside a small safe and some cash register drawers; two other safes were taken from the scene — one of them contained cash, while the other had only paperwork inside.

Wylie said the burglary may have begun at about 12:30 a.m., when the restaurant owner got a call from his alarm company reporting that an alarm had gone off. The owner drove to the restaurant to check it out but did not notice anything suspicious, so he left without calling the police.

When the alarm company notified the owner of a second alarm, triggered at 2:13 a.m., the man decided to call the Mountain View police, Wylie said. Officers found the back door wide open and a rear window pried open.

"Although we don't know for sure, it is possible the first alarm activation was from breaking in through the window," Wylie said. "The suspects may have been inside when the owner drove past the front and back. It is possible the second activation was from when the suspects left through the back door."

Wylie said that restaurant owners often instruct their alarm company not to immediately call the police when an alarm is triggered for fear of being charged a fee for filing a false report.

"This is never a good idea, and this is an excellent case in point," Wylie said. "We advise all companies to make certain their alarm companies notify us when there is an alarm activation."

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