New recruits join police force

Los Altos Police Chief Tuck Younis presents a badge to new officer Liz Checke, above, during a swearing-in and promotional ceremony Friday. New recruit Chris Cruzado marks the occasion with his daughter, right, while reserve officer Jonathan Chavoor embraces a family member, below left.


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Ex-felon arrested for weapons possession

Los Altos police arrested two San Jose residents during a vehicle stop Monday morning – including a man with a prior conviction found in possession of a weapon.

Police arrested 28-year-old Antonio Enrique Rojas on multiple charges, including driving on a suspended license, providing false information to police and illegal possession of a stun gun. In addition, police arrested 34-year-old passenger Octavio Villa on an outstanding drug warrant out of Santa Clara County. Both men were booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail.


Suspects arrested for skimming credit cards at local gas stations

Police arrested six members of a Southern California crime ring for allegedly using gas-pump skimmers to steal credit card information at several Bay Area gas stations – including in Los Altos.

The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office announced Friday that the arrests resulted from a two-year investigation by its Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team (REACT).


Suspects arrested for local mail theft

The recent arrest of a San Jose duo suspected of local mail theft and other crimes proved a matter of timing – good timing for a Santa Clara County sheriff’s deputy and bad timing for the two suspects.

Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Capt. Ken Binder told the Town Crier that a sheriff’s deputy arrested the suspects Feb. 6 at a Sears Auto Center in San Jose, just one day after they allegedly stole mail from a resident in an unincorporated part of Los Altos and fraudulently used a credit card.


Los Altos files charges against serial auto burglar

A 22-year-old man already in jail facing 27 counts of auto burglary in Palo Alto is now contending with four additional charges related to crimes committed in Los Altos.

According to Los Altos Police Agent Mark Thompson, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office Feb. 5 filed six additional counts – four for burglary, two for grand theft – against Vernon Rayshaun Evans-Carmichael for a series of Los Altos auto burglaries allegedly committed at approximately 7:30 p.m. Jan. 14 in the parking area behind Chef Chu’s and Armadillo Willy’s restaurants.


Police Blotter

Los Altos man arrested for arson

Mountain View police last week arrested a Los Altos man and his female acquaintance for causing an auto shop fire in January.

Police arrested Los Altos resident Paul Schonhardt, 28, and San Jose resident Angela Rutledge, 28, on charges that include arson of property and possession of controlled substances, specifically methamphetamines.


MVPD arrests man for soliciting minor for sex

Mountain View Police last week arrested a San Francisco man for allegedly soliciting sex from an undercover detective posing as a minor.

Mountain View Police detectives and the Santa Clara County Specialized Enforcement Team arrested 52-year-old Harlan Edelman Feb. 4 for distribution of sexually explicit electronic communications to a minor and for communicating with a minor with the intent of committing a sex crime.


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