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MV police seek smash-and-grab suspect

The Mountain View Police Department seeks the public’s assistance in identifying a man who smashed the window of a parked vehicle and stole a laptop inside.

Video surveillance of the Starbucks parking lot on Pear Avenue Sept. 21 shows a tall man in his early 20s approach a red Nissan Leaf, cover his hand with the sleeve of his gray sweatshirt and shatter the back hatchback window, according to police reports. The suspect then reaches in and grabs a backpack containing the computer.

Deputies offer safety tips, traffic intel to LAH residents

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Capt. Ricardo Urena of the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office addresses Los Altos Hills residents Sept. 22.

In response to residents’ concerns regarding recent burglaries and traffic problems, Los Altos Hills and Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office officials organized a public safety meeting Sept. 22 at town hall to present tips on safeguarding homes and to affirm their commitment to traffic enforcement.

Following is a summary of attendees’ questions and the answers provided by Capt. Ricardo Urena and his staff.

MV police seek smash-and-grab suspect

Mountain View Police Department detectives are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a man who smashed the window of a parked vehicle with his hand and stole a laptop inside.

Pickup flips on hill in Hills

The driver of a pest control truck escaped injury Wednesday morning when his pickup flipped, but officials worked into the early afternoon to contain chemicals spilled during the accident.

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The accident scene

The single-vehicle accident occurred at approximately 11 a.m. on Alta Tierra Road near the Robleda Road intersection in Los Altos Hills. The road is narrow and steep, and for reasons not yet revealed, the pest control vehicle landed on its side.

About a gallon of chemicals spilled during the accident, and the Santa Clara County Fire Department's Hazardous Materials Team cleaned up the waste, and the pest control company properly disposed of them, wrote Stephanie Stuehler in an email to The Town Crier.

Joining firefighters at the scene were sheriff’s deputies and California Highway Patrol officers. A tow truck summoned to remove the pickup arrived on scene at approximately noon.


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Sept. 21, 400 block of San Domingo Way: An unknown suspect smashed the rear door of a residence. According to Los Altos police, the suspect stole jewelry and electronics.


Sept. 19, 4200 block of El Camino Real: A resident alerted the Los Altos Police Department to gang graffiti tagged on a business building.

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