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Nov. 16, 10:43 a.m., Chester Circle and North San Antonio Road: An officer pulled over a vehicle for a code violation and found the driver and a passenger in possession of stolen property out of Mountain View and Palo Alto. Police arrested and booked into jail suspects Brandon Groover, 40, and Steven Fox, 25.

Auto burglary

Nov. 18, 12:49 p.m., 4600 block of El Camino Real: An unknown suspect smashed the windows of three vehicles parked in an underground parking lot. The suspect stole a small bag and discarded it in a stairwell. Police believe that the suspect was searching for cash.


Two juveniles arrested in connection with 12 downtown burglaries

The Los Altos Police Department today announced it has apprehended two suspects in the recent string of downtown Los Altos commercial burglaries.

Authorities are withholding the identities of the juvenile suspects, ages 15 and 17, from Santa Clara and Palo Alto, respectively. Los Altos investigators interviewed both suspects, who were issued citations and released to their parental guardians. The case will be referred to the Santa Clara County Juvenile Probation Department.

The arrests come one day after Los Altos police released photos and video surveillance footage of the two suspects, who are believed to have committed 12 burglaries of downtown businesses over two weekends.

“(Commercial burglary) is definitely not the norm, but when we do see these types of incidents, it really is an isolated series,” Los Altos Police Sgt. Mark Bautista said.

Although all of the businesses had locked up for the night, the suspects targeted rear delivery doors, generally weaker and less visible. Business owners reported three commercial burglaries Nov. 15 between midnight and 1 a.m. A week later, on Nov. 21, police received reports of nine more late-night break-ins. In all but one burglary, the suspects kicked in backdoors and stole cash and small food items.

Nov. 21 at Verizon Wireless on Main Street, the burglars smashed a rear window – triggering the alarm system that alerted police of the crime in progress. Verizon was the only business with an alarm among those targeted.

“Likely, Verizon was last but got reported first,” said Los Altos Police Agent Katie Krauss. “Alarms are fantastic because they serve as audible deterrents for people.”

She encouraged businesses to continue locking up at night and urged residents to notify police of loiterers, particularly afterhours and behind businesses.

In a statement to the public, police thanked residents for their assistance in identifying the suspects. Residents with any information related to the cases may call the investigations division at 947-2770.

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Burglary and theft

Nov. 10, 9:36 a.m., 1000 block of North San Antonio Road: An unknown suspect stole $1,000 from a safe at a restaurant.

Nov. 15, 7:05-7:27 p.m., 100 block of Main Street: An unknown suspect kicked in the doors to three downtown businesses and stole an undisclosed amount of money from cash registers. Police investigators are reviewing available video surveillance for leads.


Cyclist killed on Page Mill Road

A 52-year-old male cyclist from Palo Alto died Nov. 3 after a collision with a vehicle on Page Mill Road, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The accident between cyclist Jeffrey Donnelly and the driver of a black Volkswagen Golf occurred at approximately 6:50 a.m. near the intersection of Page Mill Road and Christopher Lane, the CHP reported.


Campus police present assailant training to students, faculty

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James Thurber, an officer with the Foothill- De Anza Community College District Police Department, discusses with students and faculty ways to handle a possible active assailant attack.

Halfway through his presentation, James Thurber had students survey the room in search of makeshift weapons: chairs, desks, a fire extinguisher, a heavy handbag, the pointy finial of a flagpole.


False residential alarms keep police busy

Between Nov. 2 and 9, the Los Altos Police Department responded to 23 residential alarms, none of which was a burglary in progress.

“We treat every call as if it’s a real one,” said Officer Katie Krauss. “It’s a priority call for us.”


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Suspicious person

Oct. 26, 8:32 a.m., Hillview Avenue and Eleanor Avenue: Los Altos Police received a report of a male subject seen removing political signs. Police contacted the individual but did not take enforcement action.

Commercial burglaries

Oct. 26, 10:53 a.m., 200 block of Main Street: An unknown suspect stole cash, checks and an electronic tablet from a business. There was no sign of forced entry.


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