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.


Police Blotter

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.


Police Blotter News

Holiday DUI campaign results in 422 arrests

A joint law enforcement effort to crack down on drunken drivers during the holiday season resulted in 422 arrests throughout the county, according to the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office.

The figure represents a drop when compared with last year’s holiday campaign, when 468 individuals were arrested throughout the county for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the Sheriff’s Office reported.


Police Blotter


Dec. 20, 6:30 p.m., 2300 block of Homestead Road: An unknown suspect stole a wallet from an unlocked vehicle while the victim was shopping at Trader Joe’s. Police noted that the wallet was in a visible location inside the vehicle at the time of the incident.

Residential burglaries

Dec. 20, 5:46 p.m., 1200 block of Portland Avenue: An unknown suspect attempted to break into a home twice – via a locked window and later a locked door. The suspect fled the scene after triggering the home’s alarm.


Police Blotter: Best of the bad deeds

Following is a look back at some of the Police Blotter’s strangest misdeeds of 2014 and the people who committed them.

Drug arrest

March 5, 5:57 p.m.: Police arrested a 51-year-old male for being under the influence of a controlled substance in public. Police received a report that the man was seen dancing and running up to cars on San Antonio Road. While en route, police received a second report that the man ran into Armadillo Willy’s, grabbed a knife and waved it around. Upon arrival, police received a third report that the suspect was once again exhibiting strange behavior across the street at a gas station. The suspect later admitted to officers that he had smoked crack cocaine earlier that day.


Police recommend citizen vigilance following residential armed robbery

Los Altos Police last week advised residents to be vigilant in securing their homes after burglars held a homeowner at gunpoint during a recent early-morning break-in.

Shortly after 12:30 a.m. Dec. 9, police responded to reports of a residential robbery on the 1000 block of Crooked Creek Drive. Police noted that three males wearing masks entered the home through an attached garage. A male resident woke up and confronted them after they gained access. One of the suspects pulled out a firearm and held the victim at gunpoint while the other two burglarized the home.


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