An officer spotted the woman sitting in the passenger seat of the U-Haul truck around 11 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 13, on Silverwood Avenue, located just north of the tracks across from Rengstorff Park. The officer searched the U-Haul after reportedly finding the suspect in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, according to a police statement.
Inside the U-Haul, police found bolt cutters, burglary tools, more narcotics and over a dozen bags with "various forms of identification, mail and tax forms," police said.
The cab of the U-Haul also allegedly contained a book with several names and personal identifying information for each person.
The suspect was arrested on burglary and identity theft charges, along with possession of narcotics and drug paraphernalia. She also had an outstanding felony warrant. She was transported to Santa Clara County jail on Feb. 14 and is being held without bail.
Mountain View police suspect that there could be dozens of victims with the retrieved personal belongings, and are asking anyone who recognizes the items to contact Det. Frank Rivas at firstname.lastname@example.org. The images can be found online at tinyurl.com/mvpd23.
Five involved in robbery, public intoxication incident
One juvenile was arrested and another transported to the hospital last week after both were found heavily intoxicated near a Mountain View housing complex, according to police.
A security guard in the area told police he saw a group of five male suspects, some of whom turned out to be juveniles, who had been drinking at around 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 13. The suspects were carrying one of the group members, but dropped him and left the area, according to police spokeswoman Katie Nelson.
The security guard recorded the incident on his phone. One of the suspects allegedly noticed the security guard, approached him and forcibly took the phone, but then gave it back before fleeing the area, Nelson said.
When officers arrived at the complex on the 2200 block of California Street, all but two of the suspects had fled. One was reportedly vomiting, heavily intoxicated and had fallen down, so he was transported to a hospital for treatment, Nelson said.
The other suspect became "increasingly upset" at officers after they had asked him to leave, and was eventually arrested for public intoxication, she said.
The rest of the suspects could not be located, Nelson said.
19-year-old charged with 19 burglaries
A 19-year-old man arrested last week along with a teen boy in Mountain View is believed to be responsible for a string of auto burglaries that have occurred since last year, police said today.
On Feb. 12, Mountain View police arrested the man, an Alameda resident, and a 16-year-old boy from San Francisco after the pair was spotted breaking into vehicles in Cupertino, according to police.
Police believe the Alameda man is responsible for nearly 20 auto burglaries in several cities. In those incidents, the suspects took items from vehicles such as laptops, cellphones and tablets.
Officers arrested the man on suspicion of 19 counts of auto burglary, possession of burglary tools, conspiracy to commit a crime and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, police said.
The 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of burglary, conspiracy to commit a crime, possession of burglary tools and providing a false name to police. He was cited and released to his family, according to police.
The arrests were made with the help of the San Jose Police Department's Burglary Suppression Unit, the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office and the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety.
A police spokeswoman declined to provide any additional information to the Voice, citing the ongoing investigation.
Police are reminding residents to hide or take their valuables with them before leaving their vehicles and to lock all windows and doors.
—Bay City News Service
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