Burglary bump in LAH alarms residents and Sheriff's Office

Los Altos Hills has recorded fewer burglaries than the national and state averages over the past decade, but this year the number of breaking-and-entering crimes has spiked.

Since July 1, the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office has recorded 14 residential burglaries – twice as many as the Los Altos Police Department logged in the same time period.


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Police offer safety tips as school starts

With local students set to return to class this week, the Los Altos Police Department is warning residents to prepare for increased pedestrian, bicycle and vehicular traffic on streets.

Police urge residents to follow these safety tips:


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Residential burglary

Aug. 4, 1:38 p.m., 100 block of West Portola Avenue: An unknown suspect entered a residence through an unlocked rear door, ransacked the home and stole notebook and tablet computers. The burglary occurred between 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., according to police.

Commercial burglary

Aug. 8, 12:31 p.m., 4800 block of El Camino Real: Police arrested a 46-year-old male for attempting to steal vitamin products from Whole Foods Market. According to police, the suspect said he planned to resell the stolen items at a local flea market. He was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail.


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Wenke sentenced

Los Altos resident Laura Jean Wenke received an 11 years to life sentence July 31 for the attempted murder of her estranged husband in 2011. She was also ordered to pay more than $10,000 in restitution.

San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe told the Town Crier that he was “quite pleased” with the sentence.


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Residential burglaries

July 21, 12:01 p.m., 1000 block of Ranchita Drive: An unknown suspect entered a home construction site overnight, broke into a stand-alone storage unit and stole a flat-screen television.

July 22, 4:23 p.m., 500 block of Lincoln Avenue: Someone pried open a window to a home, ransacked the master bedroom and stole laptops and jewelry. The loss was approximately $27,000, police reported.


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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.


Police News

Mtn. View names new police chief

A longtime Mountain View resident is scheduled to take the reins of the Mountain View Police Department in August. City Manager Dan Rich announced Friday that Capt. Max Bosel would fill the role vacated by Scott Vermeer, chief for the past 13 years, who retired in June to work in the private sector.

Bosel joined the department as an officer in 1995 and rose to the rank of captain, running three divisions and serving as both interim police chief and interim assistant city manager.


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