Suspected attempted burglar, prowler jailed on unrelated charges

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Los Altos Police investigators identified the suspect of a January burglary and discovered the Sunnyvale man was already in custody at the Santa Clara County Main Jail on unrelated charges.

During a rash of burglaries early this year, the suspect – Marcelino Ruiz Ahumada, 22 – attempted Jan. 16 to break into a residence on the 600 block of Springer Terrace in Los Altos. Ahumada allegedly knocked on the front door and when there was no immediate answer, went to the back of the residence. While attempting to gain entry into the home, the suspect and the homeowner saw each other, and Ahumada fled the scene.


MV fire chief retires; deputy chief named interim

Mountain View will soon experience a changeover in fire chief leadership.

Fire Chief Brad Wardle, on the job the past five years, last week announced his intention to leave the department, effective May 23. Deputy Chief Juan Diaz will serve as interim fire chief.


Suspects arrested in LA burglaries, theft

The Santa Clara County Auto Theft Task Force last week arrested two San Jose residents on suspicion of stealing a car in Los Altos. Both suspects were booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail.

A member of the task force found Jose Valdez and Jonathan Torres in a vehicle stolen from Marinovich Way April 7, according to Los Altos Police Sgt. Mark Bautista. Stolen property in the vehicle linked Valdez and Torres to car break-ins from earlier that day, Bautista said.


Police Blotter

Residential burglaries

April 6, 9:56 a.m., 1300 block of Sunrise Court: An unknown suspect opened an unlocked vehicle in a driveway and used the garage door opener to enter the garage. The suspect stole a resident’s wallet from another unlocked vehicle and 20 bottles of tequila from the garage. Police noted that three other vehicles on the street had been rummaged through, though nothing else was stolen.

April 6, 4:10 p.m., 500 block of Panchita Way: At a residential construction site, an unknown suspect cut through a chain-link fence, pried open a rear sliding door and stole $4,500 worth of tools.


Police urge motorists to 'Silence the Distractions'

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State law enforcement agencies are partnering to discourage motorists from driving while distracted.

Los Altos Police are upping traffic enforcement April 15 to discourage distracted driving.

“If your eyes are off the road, you don’t know what is in front of you,” said Los Altos Traffic Sgt. Scott Bunch. “And when you’re not paying attention to your surroundings, the likelihood of a collision increases.”


Police Blotter

Burglaries and thefts

March 30, 10:51 a.m., 0-100 block of San Antonio Road: Sometime between Jan. 16 and 18, an unknown suspect stole an iPad from the Los Altos main library. The theft wasn’t reported until March 30.

April 4, 8:56 a.m., 4600 block of El Camino Real: An unknown suspect stole a cashbox and laptop from a suite in an office complex. Police said there was no sign of forced entry.


Police Blotter

Car thief arrested

The San Mateo County Vehicle Theft Task Force arrested an East Palo Alto man traced to Los Altos in a stolen vehicle March 30.

Matthew Garcia, 29, was stopped just after midnight in the stolen vehicle and booked into the San Mateo County Jail, according to Los Altos Police Department officers, who assisted with the arrest. Officers said Garcia is also suspected of breaking into a Los Altos resident’s vehicle and stealing property.


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