Mountain View police arrest four in theft, counterfeiting case

Mountain View Police Department officers last week arrested four Central Valley residents on a slew of charges related to drugs, counterfeit currency and a stolen handgun.

Na Xiong’s alleged theft of a catalytic converter proved the beginning of the quartet’s undoing. The 21-year-old Merced resident stole it from a car parked on the 800 block of Wake Forest Drive in Mountain View at approximately 4 a.m. Aug. 18, and a resident of the street chased him away, the release said. Officers en route to the crime scene spotted Xiong’s Toyota Camry nearby on Emily Drive and detained him. Inside the car they found the stolen emission control device, burglary tools and a handgun reported stolen from the Central Valley.

Officers arrested Xiong for carrying a concealed weapon within a vehicle, knowingly carrying a stolen loaded firearm, receiving stolen property, forgery, counterfeiting and attempted grand theft.

During the subsequent investigation, one Mountain View police officer realized the Camry matched the description of a car associated with reports of suspicious activity at the Ramada by Wyndham Mountain View, located at 55 Fairchild Drive, according to the press release. When officers proceeded to monitor the hotel, they noticed several people entering and exiting one of the rooms and attempting to conceal items they carried. A search of their room revealed methamphetamine, methamphetamine pipes, counterfeit currency, tools to make counterfeit money and burglary tools. Occupants Touta Xiong, An Lee and Bill Chang were subsequently arrested.

Officers arrested Touta Xiong, Lee and Chang on charges of suspicion of forgery and counterfeiting, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia, the release said. Touta Xiong also faces charges of possession of burglary tools and attempted grand theft. All four suspects were transported to the Santa Clara County Main Jail.

– Megan V. Winslow

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