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LAH burglaries prompt residents to take action

Like many of Los Altos Hills’ winding roads, Olive Tree Lane ends in a cul-de-sac – there’s only one way in and out. Yet the 20-something man on Kate Clayton’s doorstep the morning of July 13 wanted driving directions. And he seemed nervous.

After the man left, Clayton called the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office.

Local 'Ponzi-like scheme' case approaches final chapter


The court-appointed receiver who dismantled a local investment firm moved toward closing the case last week, with local investors likely to recoup approximately 88 percent of their initial funds.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission alleged that Los Altos resident Mark Feathers raised money from more than 400 investors by claiming to invest in mortgages that could provide a 7.5 percent annual return. When the SEC shuttered Small Business Capital Corp. in 2012 and froze its assets, the government regulatory agency asserted that Feathers’ enterprise was spending more than it made and, as the receiver put it last week, violating “generally accepted accounting principles.” The SEC used the phrase “Ponzi-like scheme” to characterize the actions of the firm, known as SB Capital.

Camera-carrying 'Batman' descends on downtown

Courtesy Los Altos Police Department
An unknown suspect damaged the yellow signs warning motorists not to make U-turns, according to the Los Altos Police Department.

It was the city of Los Altos’ Twitter account, not a police officer, that set up a beacon for reporter Stanley Roberts.

In its response to a resident’s online complaint about witnessing two illegal U-turns downtown, @CityofLosAltos tweeted that “we’ll keep trying to curb this bad behavior. Paging @SRobertsKRON4!”

Flasher identified in Mountain View

A woman witnessed a man exposing himself in Mountain View’s Cuesta Park earlier this month. According to Katie Nelson, public information officer for the Mountain View Police Department, the man also seen by at least one other woman at Cuesta Park.

After the man was identified in a photo lineup, the police issued a warrant for his arrest.

Vandal damages traffic signs downtown

Police noted a vandalized sign warning drivers against making a U-turn across double-yellow lines in downtown Los Altos July 17. A week later on July 24, a motorist hit one of the signs and drove away. No individuals were harmed in either incident.

There has been an uptick in citations downtown regarding illegal U-turns, said Sgt. Cameron Shearer.

Detectives seek to identify bank robber

Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office detectives have released images of a man robbing a local bank earlier this week.

Bank Robbery

The suspect

At approximately 3 p.m. Tuesday (July 19), a man wearing a black baseball cap, glasses and a black coat entered the Wells Fargo at the intersection of Foothill Expressway and Homestead Road and demanded cash in a note he handed to a bank employee.

The note indicated he was armed, according to Sgt. James Jensen.
The suspect is described as a Caucasian man in his late 30s or early 40s. He is approximately 6 feet tall and has a medium to heavy-set build.

Anyone with information about the crime or the suspect is asked to call Detective Justin Harper at (408) 808-4631.

The bank is located in Cupertino but is in a shopping center that borders south Los Altos. Businesses there include Trader Joe’s market, Foothill Produce and Chain Reaction Bicycles.

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Police explain arrest for disrupting festival

Los Altos Police Chief Tuck Younis provided details on the July 10 arrest at the Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival.

Sunday morning, a festivalgoer complained to the police about a man being “much more invasive” as he handed out religious material at the festival, according to Younis.

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