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Burglar strikes in Mountain View, Palo Alto

Original post made on Oct 23, 2009

A burglar who has restrained and threatened female victims in their homes could strike again, say police, who are urging residents to keep their homes secured.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, October 22, 2009, 6:54 PM

Comments (14)

Posted by anonymous, a resident of Whisman Station
on Oct 23, 2009 at 9:12 am

Another reminder to everyone to lock your doors and windows. Unfortunately it seems crime is on the rise in MV.

Posted by Old Ben, a resident of Shoreline West
on Oct 23, 2009 at 11:31 am

I just finished cleaning my guns, but I'm not about to start sleeping in drag.

Posted by Old Ben, a resident of Shoreline West
on Oct 23, 2009 at 11:33 am

Those of you disinclined towards firearms might want to keep a can of wasp spray handy.

Posted by kanank, a resident of Shoreline West
on Oct 23, 2009 at 2:16 pm

time for all the women to take martial arts to tackle this guy or hire a body guard. LOL.

Posted by Dr. Collateral, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Oct 23, 2009 at 2:34 pm

Having taken a tactical handgun training class, I will bet serious money that the vast majority of people couldn't safely or effectively use a gun as a defensive weapon. The skills just aren't there without constant practice.

Posted by The Professor, a resident of The Crossings
on Oct 23, 2009 at 4:23 pm

Having TAUGHT tactical handgun classes I'm laughing at you Dr. Collateral. You obviously didn't pay attention.

Posted by Phil, a resident of Shoreline West
on Oct 23, 2009 at 4:46 pm

If something doesn't seem right, don't be afraid to call the Police.This guy needs to be caught A.S.A.P. !!

Posted by Zardotz, a resident of Rex Manor
on Oct 23, 2009 at 5:13 pm

A shorty Mossburg oughtta take care of the situation.

Posted by Sue, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Oct 23, 2009 at 5:44 pm

"In both cases a woman in her 30s was rudely awakened... . "Rudely awakened"!?! So, a burglar might have politely awakened these women?
Does anyone edit these articles?

Posted by Dave, a resident of Shoreline West
on Oct 23, 2009 at 9:38 pm

Mossberg 500, 18 1/2" barrel.

heck all you have to do is rack it and either they'll leave or Darwin themselves

Posted by John A, a resident of another community
on Oct 23, 2009 at 10:44 pm

Quite apart from the question of competence in using a gun there is the question of who it will actually be used on. The information below is from the Brady Campaign.
(Web Link)

DID YOU KNOW? A gun in the home is more likely to be used in a homicide, suicide, or unintentional shooting than to be used in self-defense.

Every time a gun injures or kills in self-defense, it is used:

11 times for completed and attempted suicides (Kellermann, 1998, p. 263).
7 times in criminal assaults and homicides, and
4 times in unintentional shooting deaths or injuries.

I suggest that you lock the door. Strange sounds? Call the cops. If you're really scared, get a burglar alarm. Motion detection devices are cheap.

Posted by Old Ben, a resident of Shoreline West
on Oct 24, 2009 at 1:41 am

John A needs to do his homework. Here's a good place to start:

Web Link

A shotgun is a fine home defense weapon requiring little skill, but a 17 ounce can of Ortho Home Defense foaming wasp & hornet spray will do the job if you're the kind of person who thinks a gun might jump up and shoot you on its own.

Posted by Mr Advice, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Oct 24, 2009 at 6:15 am

GET A DOG, get a dog.........

Posted by NoGuns, a resident of Whisman Station
on Oct 24, 2009 at 3:55 pm

Police: Florida man accidentally shoots and kills fiancee day before wedding
WINTER SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — Police say a Florida man who thought there was an intruder in his house shot and killed his fiancee the day before they were to get married.
Winter Springs Police Chief Kevin Brunelle says the shooting appears to be a "tragic accident," but investigators were waiting for forensic results.
Sixty-two-year-old John Tabutt (ta-bit) told investigators he thought he heard an intruder early Friday morning, got his gun and fired at a figure in the dark hallway.
He struck his live-in fiancee, 62-year-old Nancy Dinsmore. Family members say the couple planned to get married Saturday in a small ceremony.
Tabutt said he thought she was next to him in bed the whole night. He has not been charged.

(locks, bolts, alarms, dogs, but no guns)

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