Police Blotter

Arson suspected in Mountain View fire

A home on Fordham Way in Mountain View was rendered uninhabitable after a two-alarm fire Sunday morning that investigators believe was intentionally set.

A joint investigation by the Mountain View Fire, Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives determined that the fire was caused by arson and originated inside the home. Officials also believe that the fire may be connected to a light-blue 2003 Audi A4 that was stolen from the residence.


Mtn. View student overdose linked to new drug

A Mountain View student found unresponsive on Steven's Creek Trail yesterday (March 11) is being treated for a possible drug overdose.

Police suspect the student may have overdosed on DOC (2,5-Dimethoxy-ChloroAmphetamine), a relatively new street drug similar to LSD that combines amphetamine and hallucinogenic chemicals. Mountain View Police Sgt. Saul Jaeger described DOC as extremely dangerous with long-lasting effects and noted that it is still viewed as an uncommon drug.


Police Blotter

Warrant arrest

March 4, 1:55 p.m., 200 block of San Luis Avenue: Police arrested a 29-year-old man at his home on an outstanding $7,500 warrant related to a hit-and-run accident. He was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail.

Drug arrests

March 5, 5:57 p.m., 100 block of North San Antonio Road: Police arrested a 51-year-old male San Jose resident for being under the influence of a controlled substance after receiving multiple calls that he was behaving erratically in public.


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.


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