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Police arrest woman on fraud charges

Los Altos Police last week arrested a 20-year-old Daly City woman for fraudulently using one victim’s bank account to cash the forged check of a second victim.

According to Los Altos Police Sgt. Scott McCrossin, officers arrested Yolanda Beltran July 7 as she was crossing San Antonio Road in the downtown area shortly after noon.

The arrest occurred after Beltran allegedly entered a downtown bank and deposited a forged check from one victim into a second victim’s bank account. McCrossin noted that she posed as the second victim and presented false identification at the bank before withdrawing an undisclosed amount of cash from the second victim’s account.

McCrossin said Beltran returned to the same bank later that day and raised the suspicions of bank employees, who uncovered that she was fraudulently using the victim’s account as she left the building. The employees then contacted police, who tracked Beltran down and apprehended her on San Antonio Road.

Auto burglaries

July 9, 11:53 a.m., 400 block of Lassen Street: An unknown suspect smashed the window of a vehicle in a carport and stole cash, clothes and a cellphone.

July 13, 7:30 p.m. and 7:38 p.m., 900 block of Acacia Avenue: An unknown suspect smashed the windows of two vehicles in a parking area behind Chef Chu’s restaurant. An iPad, purse and credit cards were stolen from one vehicle, while a backpack and briefcase were taken from the second car.

– Diego Abeloos

Residential burglary

July 9, 7:26 p.m., 1200 block of Golden Way: An unknown suspect entered a home through an unlocked rear window and ransacked the residence, stealing a laptop, camera and cash.

Grafitti

July 11, 5:35 p.m., 1000 block of McKenzie Avenue: A resident contacted police to report graffiti on the walls of the men’s room at Heritage Oaks Park.

Malicious mischief

July 12, 1:58 p.m., 200 block of State Street: A resident contacted police claiming that an unknown suspect kicked his vehicle during an argument over a parking spot. The resident declined to file a report.

Battery

July 12, 4:33 p.m., Third Street and Plaza South: A female contacted police after she performed a citizen’s arrest on a male companion, who allegedly pushed her during an argument during the annual Arts & Wine Festival. Both parties were intoxicated at the time of the incident, according to police.

Commercial burglary

July 13, 9:42 p.m., 4000 block of El Camino Real: A guest at the Residence Inn reported that an unknown suspect entered a hotel room through an unlocked window and stole a laptop computer.

– Diego Abeloos

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