Sat12202014

Mountain View on the Move

MV Police report spike in burglaries


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Mountain View Police arrested a suspect as he attempted to burglarize a home on the 1100 block of Mercy Street June 6.

After a witness reported seeing a Hispanic male carrying a crowbar and peering into a residence on the street, police confronted suspect Raymundo Ayala Miranda, 33, as he was getting into his pickup truck. Miranda, a Mountain View resident, was charged with residential burglary and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was booked into Santa Clara County Main Jail without incident.

“This arrest illustrates how a watchful community member assisted the Mountain View Police Department by reporting a suspicious individual who was ultimately arrested on a burglary charge,” said police spokesman Sean Thompson. “We continue to urge the Mountain View community, neighbor watch groups and local organizations to report any suspicious individuals and/or activity.”

Police have noted a marked increase in residential robberies over the past year. Approximately 50 residential robberies were reported in Mountain View between January and April this year, compared with 31 recorded in the same four-month period last year. Detectives have yet to pinpoint similar trends among the rash of robberies.

Officers are still on the lookout for the male suspect who burglarized a home on the 1000 block of Bryant Avenue at approximately 6:45 p.m. March 30.

A police spokesman said a resident was napping inside his home near Mountain View High School when his doorbell rang. After the resident ignored the bell and went back to sleep, he awakened to find the suspect in his bedroom. Believing the residence empty, the suspect allegedly entered through a side garage door. When he saw the resident in bed, the suspect fled the scene with the resident’s wallet and cellphone.

Police described the suspect as a 15- to 25-year-old African-American between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet tall, with short hair and a lean build. At the time of the robbery, the suspect wore a dark-brown sweater and blue jeans.

Police encourage residents to be diligent, keeping all doors and windows locked and secured, including those near the garage. They also recommend keeping the garage closed as well as maintaining the appearance that someone is home by installing timer lights and leaving the radio on. Other ways to protect against residential robberies include investing in deadbolts and securing all door frames.

To report suspicious activity, call 911 or the Mountain View Police Department at 903-6395.

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