Crime awareness meetings focus on blocking burglaries

The string of burglaries in and around Los Altos last week has prompted police to schedule two community meetings next week to remind residents to be vigilant.

Police responded Feb. 18 to five reports of residential burglaries – three in Los Altos and two near the city’s borders with Mountain View and Sunnyvale, respectively.


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Disneyland ticket scammer nabbed in Mtn. View

A Mountain View family of four went to Disneyland Feb. 12 to use Park Hopper tickets purchased for $500 from a seller found on Craigslist. The tickets proved invalid.

Mountain View Police arrested 25-year-old David Kao of San Francisco in connection with case. Charged with two counts of theft and possession of marijuana for sale and transport, Kao was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail without incident.


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Caltrain death in MV

A 28-year-old Palo Alto resident, Daniel Snyder, was struck and killed as a pedestrian on the Caltrain tracks south of Mountain View’s station Jan. 29. The incident occurred near the Highway 237 overpass, not at a crossing, according to Caltrain spokeswoman Christine Dunne. The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner ruled it a suicide.

Residential burglaries

Feb. 1, 12:04 p.m., 1500 block of Clay Drive: Sometime during the three-week period a resident was out of town, an unknown suspect broke a sliding glass door and ransacked the house.


Hunches by Hills resident, LA dentist lead to arrests

Franky Organez, left, and Irving Organez, right.

A Los Altos Hills resident’s decision to call the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office when two suspicious men knocked on his door may have thwarted a burglary.

The Loyola Drive resident’s report to the Sheriff’s Office Jan. 19 led to the arrest of one of the men, Irving Organez, 22, of San Jose, for auto theft and outstanding warrants. The other suspect, 22-year-old Franky Organez of San Jose, fled the scene but was arrested on multiple warrants when he showed up at a dentist’s office in Los Altos the following morning asking to use the phone.


Police seek burglary suspects responsible for dangerous escape

Two burglary suspects recently experienced how difficult it is to escape Los Altos during rush-hour traffic.

Los Altos Police Capt. Andy Galea told the Town Crier that investigators are seeking two male suspects who allegedly burglarized a car parked near Chef Chu’s restaurant shortly after 6 p.m. Jan. 14. The suspects, he noted, hastily fled the scene in a getaway car after being confronted by a restaurant employee – only to get stuck in rush-hour traffic on San Antonio Road. That prompted the suspects to drive onto the sidewalk and smash into two vehicles as they made their escape, Galea added.


Sung assumes West Valley commander role, with Binder promoted to assistant sheriff

There’s a new captain in town and his name is Rick Sung.

The longtime Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office employee is taking the reins of the West Valley Patrol from Capt. Kenneth Binder, who was recently promoted to assistant sheriff.


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Police seek victims after child porn arrest

Mountain View Police are attempting to identify victims who may have been in contact with a man arrested earlier this month on child pornography and other charges.

The outreach effort by Mountain View Police comes after detectives arrested 47-year-old Mountain View resident Jorge Huerta-Alvarez Jan. 8 on charges of lewd and lascivious acts on a child and possession of child pornography.


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