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News - February 8, 2013

Crime briefs

Suspected burglars nabbed

Two men have been arrested for allegedly burglarizing a storage space at a Mountain View apartment complex on Monday evening, according to Mountain View police.

Shortly before 6 p.m., Feb. 4, police responded to a call from a resident who claimed to have seen two men breaking into a storage unit at the Americana Apartments at 707 Continental Circle, said Sgt. Sean Thompson, police public information officer.

Following a tip that the burglars had fled the scene in a dark truck, officers quickly came upon a vehicle matching that description parked at the Goodwill store at 855 E. El Camino Real, just around the corner from where the burglary took place, Thompson said.

A man standing outside the truck apparently saw police pulling into the Goodwill parking lot and fled on foot, while officers detained another man, who they found sitting inside the truck, Thompson said. Officers caught up with the man who fled at the neighboring Lucky supermarket.

The man officers found in the truck was identified as 33-year-old Los Altos resident Lawrence Ovadia, the other man was identified as 28-year-old Mountain View resident Sterling Winterhalter, according to Thompson.

A variety of stolen property was found in the truck. Detectives are currently working to match stolen property to victims, Thompson said.

Bicyclist attacked

A man was pushed from his bicycle, kicked and robbed of his cell phone, watch and cash on Feb. 1 by two assailants working together, according to police.

The man, who was riding his bike eastbound in the 1700 block of Latham Street sometime between 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., said he was accosted by a man standing at the corner of Toft Street and Latham Street. According to Sgt. Sean Thompson of the Mountain View Police Department, the man tried to grab the passing cyclist, but the victim was able to maneuver away, only to be pushed to the ground by another man, who jumped out of the bushes near Chiquita Avenue.

Once on the ground, the victim, a 48-year-old Mountain View resident, said he was kicked multiple times, by at least one of the attackers, Thompson said. One or both of the men then rifled through the victim's pockets and then fled.

The victim lost a watch, a black Motorola cell phone and about $300 in cash, Thompson said. He described his attackers as two men of unknown race wearing dark hooded sweatshirts.

Acquaintance robbery

A man was arrested Saturday on charges of robbing a man at a bus stop, according to Mountain View police.

The victim, a local 61-year-old transient, was sitting at a bus stop in the 2600 block of W. El Camino Real sometime after midnight on Feb. 2 when he reportedly was blindsided — hit in the face by a man he said he knew and later positively identified as Lewis Sanchez, a transient, Sgt. Sean Thompson of the MVPD said.

The robber then made off with a bag belonging to the victim, according to Thompson. Passersby reported seeing a fight and called to emergency dispatchers at 12:23 a.m. Police interviewed the victim, who gave a description of his attacker.

Sanchez was located shortly thereafter near the intersection of Miller Avenue and Miller Court, Thompson said. The victim identified him and he was arrested and booked into the main jail.

—Mountain View Voice staff


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