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Breaking and entering

Los Altos police responded to an alarm call at IKB Design & Construction at 346 Main St. Aug. 22. According to company president Ilona Lindauer, suspects kicked in the front door and stole four desktop computers valued at an estimated $4,000 before exiting through the store’s rear door. Officers are investigating.


A mountain bike was reported stolen from Los Altos High School Aug. 17. Police are investigating the incident as a theft.

Detectives arrest LAHS grad on child porn charges

The quotes high school seniors select to accompany yearbook photos tend to reflect their outlook on life. Josh Chispa chose “ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!!!” a nod to Boston Celtics player Kevin Garnett’s post-2008 NBA championship exclamation.

Chispa, 18, graduated from Los Altos High in June. Last week, less than three months later, the Mountain View teen found himself in jail, answering accusations that he possessed hundreds of child pornography images.

Labor Day DUI crackdown ongoing

An aggressive anti-drunken driving campaign is underway, and motorists can expect to see an increased law enforcement presence through Labor Day weekend.

The national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign began Friday. Locally, the campaign is called “Avoid the 13,” a name referring to the 13 law enforcement agencies participating within Santa Clara County.

Detectives arrest Mountain View teen on child porn charges

Mountain View Police detectives today (Aug. 17) announced the arrest of a Mountain View teen they say possessed hundreds of child pornography images.

Josh Chispa
Courtesy of MVPD
Josh Chispa

Josh Chispa, 18, is charged with possession of child pornography, a felony, and distribution of child pornography, a misdemeanor. He was booked into the Santa Clara County Jail; bail is set at $50,000.

“This arrest came from many hours of diligent work by detectives following up on a tip,” Lt. Tim Dahl said in a Mountain View Police Department blog post. “These types of crimes are always extremely concerning, and anyone who has any additional information should contact us.”

Mountain View Police Department’s Cyber Crime Unit received a tip about the pornography, and detectives used the information to obtain a search warrant, according to the blog post. During today’s search of Chispa’s home, located in the 500 block of West Middlefield Road, detectives allegedly uncovered several devices containing child pornography, including images of lewd and lascivious conduct involving children under age 12.

A student by the name of Josh Chispa graduated from Los Altos High School in June, but police officials were not able confirm whether he and the suspect are the same person.

The investigation continues, and anyone with relevant information is asked to call Detectives Britton Moore or Marco Garcia at 903-6344.

The police department thanked the Silicon Valley Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force for assisting in the investigation.


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Foothill-De Anza campus police carry Narcan to combat overdoses

Patrol officers of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District Police Department recently began carrying naloxone, better known as Narcan, in an effort to save lives in the event of opioid overdoses. The department is the first law enforcement agency in Santa Clara County to carry the overdose antidote.

Narcan has proven effective in reversing the symptoms of an opioid overdose and saving lives, according to law enforcement officials. The medication carried by the police officers is administered via a nasal spray. Long used by paramedics, it is increasingly being carried by other first responders to treat an overdose from drugs like heroin and prescription opioid painkillers.

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Stolen goods returned

An unknown suspect stole a handbag from a store on the 300 block of State Street at approximately 3 p.m. Aug. 6.

The owner confronted the thief outside the store and convinced the suspect to return the purse.

Neighborhood watch group holds first meeting in LAH

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
A crime watch sign along Olive Tree Lane warns would-be burglars in the Los Altos Hills neighborhood.

They wore nametags because most didn’t know each other. Introductions made, they shook hands and selected seats at Maryam Dickey’s glossy white dining room table.

With new supplies, volunteers hope to bring calm in emergencies

Asher Kohn/ town crier
Emergency preparedness volunteers met with Los Altos police and officials July 27. Pictured are, from left, J. Logan, Capt. Scott McCrossin, Police Chief Tuck Younis, Steve Murata, Don Gladstone and Stuart Jeffery.

According to Harry Guy, the shipping container sitting in Los Altos full of emergency supplies is “a good start.” With more than 3,000 cubic feet full of first-aid kits, generators and shelters – to say nothing of shovels, hatchets and floodlights – Guy hopes that Los Altos will have enough equipment to deal with anything California throws at it.

In June 2015, the Los Altos City Council budgeted $15,000 for training materials, equipment, supplies and communication strategies for emergency preparedness. Los Altos would collaborate with Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs), Block Action Teams and amateur radio operators to coordinate a response for emergencies.

MV police arrest burglary suspects

Mountain View police arrested three East Palo Alto residents July 27 on charges of burglary, robbery and kidnapping.

According to Katie Nelson, public relations coordinator for the Mountain View Police Department, the suspects forced a woman into a closet before burglarizing her home.

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