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Crime briefs: purse-snatching and home burglary

Purse-snatcher arrested

Mountain View police arrested an East Palo Alto man after he allegedly grabbed a woman's handbag and fled, causing a police chase that went yard-to-yard in Mountain View.

The victim was walking down the 100 block Castro Street on Nov. 22 at around 7:30 p.m. when the man, whom police identified as 21-year-old Rafael Tafolla, grabbed her handbag and struggled to wrestle it free from her. The suspect held onto the bag until Tafolla allegedly knocked her onto the ground and dragged her, causing abrasions to her arms and legs.

The woman eventually let go of the purse, and Tafolla fled towards Central Expressway. Police set up a perimeter around Moffett Boulevard and Central Avenue, and began checking backyards for the suspect. Tafolla was eventually arrested by police when he jumped a fence to the 800 block of Jackson Street, where perimeter officers were located.

Tafolla was booked into San Jose Main Jail on charges of attempted robbery.

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Home burglary reported

Police are looking for suspects who burglarized a Mountain View home on the night of Thanksgiving and stole jewelry and hundreds of dollars in cash.

The burglary occurred when the victims were out of the house between 4 and 9 p.m. on the 1700 block of Lemontree Court. When they returned home that night, they reported that the house had been burglarized. The suspect stole jewelry, about $300 in cash and an antique handgun

The residents believe the burglar was able to get inside the house through an unlocked side garage door. Police say there were no witnesses to the incident, and no information on the suspect at this time.

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Crime briefs: purse-snatching and home burglary

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Uploaded: Thu, Dec 4, 2014, 9:14 am

Purse-snatcher arrested

Mountain View police arrested an East Palo Alto man after he allegedly grabbed a woman's handbag and fled, causing a police chase that went yard-to-yard in Mountain View.

The victim was walking down the 100 block Castro Street on Nov. 22 at around 7:30 p.m. when the man, whom police identified as 21-year-old Rafael Tafolla, grabbed her handbag and struggled to wrestle it free from her. The suspect held onto the bag until Tafolla allegedly knocked her onto the ground and dragged her, causing abrasions to her arms and legs.

The woman eventually let go of the purse, and Tafolla fled towards Central Expressway. Police set up a perimeter around Moffett Boulevard and Central Avenue, and began checking backyards for the suspect. Tafolla was eventually arrested by police when he jumped a fence to the 800 block of Jackson Street, where perimeter officers were located.

Tafolla was booked into San Jose Main Jail on charges of attempted robbery.

Home burglary reported

Police are looking for suspects who burglarized a Mountain View home on the night of Thanksgiving and stole jewelry and hundreds of dollars in cash.

The burglary occurred when the victims were out of the house between 4 and 9 p.m. on the 1700 block of Lemontree Court. When they returned home that night, they reported that the house had been burglarized. The suspect stole jewelry, about $300 in cash and an antique handgun

The residents believe the burglar was able to get inside the house through an unlocked side garage door. Police say there were no witnesses to the incident, and no information on the suspect at this time.

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