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Mountain View Voice

News - August 2, 2013

Crime briefs

Gas leak

PG&E stopped a gas leak that evacuated several businesses along a Mountain View street, officials said.

The leak was reported at 4:57 p.m. Tuesday, July 30, on Charleston Road between San Antonio Road and Independence Avenue, PG&E spokeswoman Jana Morris said.

Fire officials noticed a bulge in the ground there and contacted PG&E crews who confirmed there was an underground gas leak, Morris said.

Businesses along Charleston Road were evacuated as a precaution.

Repair crews found the leak in a 4-inch gas main and stopped the flow of gas at about 9 p.m., Morris said.

Crews were set to remain on site throughout the night making repairs and begin turning gas on for seven affected customers at 6 a.m. Wednesday.

The cause of the leak has not been determined. PG&E is doing a pipeline replacement project in the area and a contractor was digging in the area Monday, but it is unknown if that is related to the leak, Morris said.

—Bay Cities News

Denim heist

A group of women made off with close to $2,000 in jeans from the Mountain View Kohl's after spraying a security guard in the face with pepper spray, police said.

A security guard at the department store located at 600 Showers Dr. attempted to stop three women that had been seen stuffing jeans into their bags and then walking out of the store at around 4:30 p.m. on July 28, according to Sgt. Sean Thompson, public information officer with the Mountain View Police Department.

When the man confronted the women, one of them sprayed him with some form of pepper spray, Thompson said, and they all fled in a white, four-door vehicle, Thompson said. It was apparently difficult for the security guard to see, and he did not get the license number or make of the vehicle.

Though the women dropped a few pairs of jeans in the confrontation, they got away with about $1,730 in Levi's and Rock & Republic brand jeans, Thompson said.

The women were described as being black — all of them in their late-teens and early-20s and around 5 feet, 5 inches tall.

Bike stolen

A bicycle was stolen from a home in the 1800 block of Vasser Avenue, according to police.

The victim told police the crime happened sometime between 4 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on July 21, according to Sgt. Sean Thompson, public information officer with the Mountain View Police Department.

The victim apparently had left his garage door partially open and a thief made off with a black Schwinn mountain bike.

There were no witnesses and police have no suspects.

—Nick Veronin

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