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.


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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.


Safeway escalator elicits safety concerns from customers

The escalator at the Safeway on First Street poses a safety hazard, some customers allege.

A Safeway shopper who accidentally placed his cart last month on the customer escalator instead of the shopping cart track next to it has at least one Los Altos mother openly wondering whether the First Street market will address what she deems a safety hazard.

Maia Marken related the early February experience that frightened her three young children so much that they do not want to step anywhere near the market’s down escalator.


Multicounty car chase concludes in Los Altos Hills

A multicounty vehicle pursuit that blocked traffic on Interstate 280 for more than an hour ended in Los Altos Hills last week when the driver’s SUV overturned on the freeway, according to California Highway Patrol reports.

No injuries were reported during the March 17 incident, but suspect Ramon Bernal of Davis was transported to Stanford Medical Center as a precautionary measure. The 24-year-old was later booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail on charges of felony evasion of a peace officer and driving under the influence of drugs, according to CHP Officer Ross Lee.


Interstate 280 closures continue

Nighttime pavement work will intermittently close lanes and ramps on Interstate 280 in the vicinity of Los Altos Hills throughout the spring.

Construction is limited to between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. weekdays and 8 p.m. and noon weekends. Watch for changing closure and detour signs for the next few months as the work progresses. One lane of travel will remain open on 280 at all times in each direction, and exit closures will be staggered to minimize impact.


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Los Altos police, K-9 help nab carjackers

Los Altos Police helped wrangle two carjacking suspects near the Los Altos-Sunnyvale border March 12.

San Jose Police officers responded to a 12:04 a.m. report of a carjacking in San Jose. The victim, who was uninjured, said two men fled in his vehicle. San Jose Police tracked the vehicle using the victim’s cellphone, which was still in his car. The San Jose Police Department requested assistance from Los Altos Police, including K-9 Lord and Lord’s handler Julie Ognoskie, to establish a search perimeter.


Police seek help from residents to foil break-ins

Alicia Castro/Town Crier
A Los Altos resident voices her concerns about the recent rise in residential burglaries at the March 5 community meeting at the Los Altos Youth Center.

On the day Los Altos Police Chief Tuck Younis met with hundreds of Los Altos residents to address the rising number of residential break-ins, another burglary was reported.


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