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Police say 'YES' to summer safety

Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Youth exhibiting safe pedestrian and bicyclist behaviors – such as walking a bike in a crosswalk – may receive tickets for perks around town.

Los Altos police will be out in force this summer to ticket youth. But instead of cracking down on rule breakers, officers will focus on rewarding law-abiding bicyclists and pedestrians.

During the new Youth Exhibiting Safety campaign, officers will distribute YES tickets to young people demonstrating safe behaviors, such as wearing helmets, walking their bikes across crosswalks and riding in bike lanes. Tickets are redeemable for prizes at participating businesses throughout Los Altos.

Counterfeit bills used downtown

A handful of downtown Los Altos business owners reported that someone paid with counterfeit bills last week, according to Los Altos Police Sgt. Katie Krauss.

The unknown suspect used fake $100 and $50 bills to purchase items at five businesses May 18 and 19. Video surveillance revealed the suspect to be a Hispanic female between 20 and 30 years old. Detectives are pursuing more evidence to better identify the perpetrator.

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Residential burglaries

May 18, 3:14 p.m., 300 block of Lunada Court: An unknown suspect kicked in a rear door to a residence and stole jewelry.

May 20, 4:21 p.m., 1-100 block of San Juan Court: An unknown suspect cut a bedroom window screen and ransacked a residence. The residents reported no missing items.

EMS Week salutes paramedics

Paramedic Laynne Cooley

As on many a Friday night, dining at the Los Altos Grill April 29 meant waiting for a table. The Frenchman was thus occupied when his breath abandoned him.

“The patient had a full-blown STEMI, which means that’s a very big heart attack,” said paramedic Laynne Cooley. “It’s the real deal.”

Police seek help identifying burglary suspect

Courtesy of LAPD

Well-placed security cameras captured a recent home burglary in process, and now Los Altos Police are seeking the public’s help identifying the suspect shown in the footage.

The incident occurred at approximately 5:30 p.m. April 27 at a home in the 400 block of South Clarke Avenue, according to the Los Altos Police Department. Still images taken from the security video footage show a male in his late teens or early 20s entering a portion of the home under construction. He is wearing a baseball cap backward and a blue Sunnyvale Middle School T-shirt featuring the school’s Spartans logo.

The suspect absconded with property from the residence, according to a posting police made on Nixle.com.

To report information related to the case, contact the Investigative Services Division at 947-2770 or police tip-line at 947-2774.

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Realtor charged with grand theft, elder abuse

Detectives have arrested a Silicon Valley realtor they believe conned an elderly Los Altos Hills man out of $475,000 through phony real estate deals.

Lathrop resident Geana Or, also known as Geana Lay, 46, is charged with grand theft and elder abuse. Lathrop police arrested her May 1 on a Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office warrant, according to a Sheriff’s Office press release. Or is being held on a $1 million bond.

LAH man charged with child molestation

Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested a Los Altos Hills man they suspect repeatedly molested a child decades ago.

Detectives arrested Gregory Helfrich, 54, on a warrant at his Old Page Mill Road home April 27 and charged him with child molestation and possession of child pornography, according to a Sheriff’s Office press release issued May 4. They reportedly found printed and digital images of child pornography in Helfrich’s bedroom.

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