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Police seek suspect in burglary spree

Original post made on Sep 18, 2008

Mountain View police are looking for a man in his 50s who they believe is involved in a spree of 18 residential burglaries over the last six months.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, September 17, 2008, 4:33 PM

Comments (10)

Posted by Justin, a resident of North Whisman
on Sep 18, 2008 at 4:13 pm

Where have the burglaries taken place?


Posted by Don Frances, Mountain View Voice Editor
on Sep 19, 2008 at 4:52 pm

Don Frances is a registered user.

At this time all we know is that the burglaries occurred in Mountain View. We'll try to pin down which neighborhoods, and will update the story as soon as we find out.


Posted by princess, a resident of Jackson Park
on Sep 23, 2008 at 8:21 am

I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHERE THESE BURGLARIES TAKE PLACE BECAUSE I WANT TO SAFE ESPECIALY WHEN YOU ARE ALONE AND YOUR HUSBAND IS AT WORK AND YOUR CHILDREN ARE AT SCHOOL ITS KIND OF GOOD TO LET KNOW WHERE THIS IS HAPPENING SO WE CAN LOOK OUT FOR EACH OTHER. I GET SCARED WHEN IM BY MYSELF UNTIL MY HUSBAND AND CHILDREN GET HOME PLEASE LET US KNOW WHERE THEY HAPPEN AT.


Posted by Alan, a resident of North Whisman
on Sep 24, 2008 at 8:23 am

I feel that 18 burglaries are something the police needs to worry about - but not something everybody should be frightened about. We do have more than 70k people living in Mountain View, thus the chance that the burglar picks a specific house is extremely small.
Nothing to be worry about - no reason to get paranoid.
Just make sure you look your house if you are not there. This has been known to help. Generally Burglar are like bears.. if you make them aware of your presence they will go for easier prey than your belongings.

I am looking forward to an update on this article once the burglar or the two different burglars are caught.

Great article - well done.


Posted by Don Frances, Mountain View Voice Editor
on Sep 24, 2008 at 9:26 am

Don Frances is a registered user.

Yesterday afternoon we spoke with police spokesperson Liz Wylie about this. She said the burglaries are happening throughout the whole city of Mountain View and do not occur in one specific area -- it is not the location that connects the crimes. Liz also said the burglar first checks to see if someone is home by ringing the doorbell. If no one answers he breaks into the house. If someone does answer, he gives them some sort of story and moves on. Residents should call police immediately if someone fitting the description rings their bell and then gives a dubious reason for doing so.

Also, two more burglaries have been connected to this person. We'll update this story sometime later today.


Posted by Resident, a resident of Waverly Park
on Sep 24, 2008 at 12:42 pm

We don't live in an era of unlocked doors and open windows anymore. Even if they catch this guy, there are hundreds more like him out there to take his place.


Posted by Ned, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Sep 25, 2008 at 1:33 pm

The police would do wise to focus less on the activities of Wolf Dog and more on the activities of this criminal.


Posted by DOG, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Sep 26, 2008 at 12:13 pm

I say we sic the wolf dog on the serial burglar after the police catch him.


Posted by Family Man, a resident of Jackson Park
on Sep 26, 2008 at 3:46 pm

What do I do if the man comes to my door and I am home? Do I just let him walk away or can I do a citizens arrest?


Posted by suspicious, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Sep 28, 2008 at 3:38 pm

I am all for DOG's suggestion. By the way, this burglar is making me suspicious of every older guy walking around town. I think they are all up to no good. My apologies fellow citizens, but this is just a clear example of how crimes like this take a toll on a community. It's more than the loss of a few possessions here and there. It attacks peace of mind and trust in one's community.


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