Investigators narrow search for LAH burglars

Crime lab technicians are analyzing DNA and fingerprint evidence to identify suspects associated with a spate of burglaries committed in Los Altos Hills, according to Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office representatives.

Los Altos Hills burglaries
Courtesy of the Sheriff’s Office
A still image obtained from residential surveillance video shows one of the suspects in a series of recent Los Altos Hills burglaries.

Since Jan. 1, the town has experienced at least five residential burglaries – at homes on La Cresta Drive, Mulberry Lane, Ravensbury Avenue, St. Francis Road and Summit Wood Road – as well as an armed robbery on Wright Way that may have resulted from an interrupted burglary, according to Lt. Marc Lehmann.

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Feb. 10, 12:21 p.m.: 1900 block of Knollwood Lane, Los Altos

Feb. 7, 5:55 p.m.: 2500 block of Grant Road, Mountain View

Window broken at Mtn. View bank

Grace Hase/Town Crier
A work crew replaces a window riddled with bullet holes last week at the Wells Fargo Bank on Grant Road in Mountain View.

The Mountain View Police Department shut down part of Grant Road at El Camino Real in Mountain View last week after bullet holes were found in a window at a bank, according to department spokeswoman Katie Nelson.

The department received reports from employees at Wells Fargo Bank of shots fired just before 3 p.m. Feb. 7. Nelson said there were no injuries, and that the damage was not part of a robbery.

County officials release name of MV murder victim

After three months of searching in vain for family members of a transient man murdered in downtown Mountain View, Santa Clara County officials last week released his name to the public: Jose Ospina Jaramillo.

Marin County resident Jan Neal, 43, is accused of beating Jaramillo, 55, to death Nov. 4 in the Mountain View City Hall courtyard, located at 500 Castro St. Neal is charged with murder, resisting an officer and attempting to remove a firearm from an officer. His next court date is a plea hearing scheduled March 5.

Mountain View motor cop injured in traffic crash

Mountain View Police Department accident investigators are seeking witnesses to a traffic accident that resulted in the hospitalization of a motor officer earlier this week.

Firefighters beat down Los Altos blaze

Courtesy of Santa Clara County Fire Department A Creston Drive home sustained fire damage.

A house fire in south Los Altos last week displaced the occupant, but no one was injured in the blaze.

Twenty-five Santa Clara County Fire Department firefighters responded to the home, located on the 10000 block of Creston Drive, at 5:35 a.m. Jan. 31, according to a department press release. They could see smoke and flames emanating from the home and discovered the source in the living room, where the flames extended to the adjacent garage.

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