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County fire district honored


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Members of the Santa Clara County Fire Department pose with their third accreditation award during a ceremony in August.

Fire engines responding to emergencies typically pass traffic in a blur of flashing red lights, but Santa Clara County motorists with keen eyesight might just notice new images adhered to local engines’ windows: the Commission on Fire Accreditation International’s seal.

The seal represents the third accreditation the Santa Clara County Fire Department (SCCFD) has earned, an honor recognizing commitment to professional excellence and efficiency. The agency is now one of only 17 such accredited agencies in California.

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Police Blotter

Theft

Dec. 1, 9:40 a.m., 1600 block of Kensington Avenue: An unknown suspect stole a $3,000 shotgun, which the owner couldn’t recall whether was left in a parked vehicle or in the driveway.

Dec. 1, 1:28 p.m., 1900 block of Noel Drive: An unknown suspect stole a package containing $45 worth of goods. Based on home surveillance video, the suspect fled in a gray vehicle.

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Deputies catch LAH burglars after car chase

Los Altos Hills Burglary
Courtesy of SCCSO
Suspects, from left, Cannon, Davis and Robinson.

An unheeded stop sign led to a police chase and subsequent burglary arrest in Los Altos Hills Tuesday after a homeowner, Santa Clara County communications and sheriff’s deputies connected quickly and benefited from a moment of law enforcement serendipity.

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Two juveniles arrested for 12 downtown burglaries

The Los Altos Police Department last week apprehended two suspects in the recent string of commercial burglaries in downtown Los Altos.

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.

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Police Blotter

Police host online safety workshop

The Los Altos Police Department has scheduled a free workshop on Internet safety for parents and guardians of teenagers 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road.

Experts will detail online dangers and provide tips to keep youth browsing wisely.

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Arrests

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.

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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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