Andy Galea: Getting to know the new Los Altos police chief

Los Altos Police Capt. Andy Galea is not a new face around Los Altos. The St. Francis High School alumnus joined the city’s force seven years ago. With Police Chief Tuck Younis’ imminent retirement, Galea will become the new chief of the Los Altos Police Department effective Dec. 17.

The Town Crier asked Galea a few questions to get better acquainted with him and to understand his plans for the department going forward. The conversation has been edited for conciseness and clarity.

Holiday shoppers warned about 'package plundering'

Carolyn Griffen got mad the first time a thief stole a delivery from her porch. The second time, she got even.

“I thought it was so smart of me after I did it,” Griffen said.

Police Blotter, Nov. 23, 2016


Nov. 16, 5 p.m.: 800 block of Santa Rita Avenue

Nov. 14, 1 p.m.: 300 block of San Antonio Road

Fire station leases space to county district

The city of Los Altos agreed to a 10-year contract with the Santa Clara County Central Fire Protection District, under which Los Altos facilities will be rented to other fire protection organizations. The city expects to charge monthly rents of approximately $1,300 for the spaces.

The county district sublets space to Rural/Metro Corp. of California, a private ambulance and fire protection company. Its monthly rent is estimated at $1,785 to $1,857. The city of Los Altos will receive 75 percent of that rent.

LA man arrested for drugs near St. Francis

Mountain View police and the Santa Clara County Specialized Enforcement Team arrested a Los Altos man on suspicion of selling marijuana and possession of drugs.

John Morris, 62, was arrested on the 1200 block of Covington Drive in Los Altos. A search of his home revealed more than 50 pounds of marijuana, more than a dozen marijuana plants, cocaine and heroin.

Suspects' ID theft finally catches up with them

Fake IDs that helped a pair of suspected mail thieves avoid detection by one police agency ultimately led to their arrest by another a few days later.

At 7:19 p.m. Nov. 13, Los Altos police officers responded to a report of a suspicious person on the 400 block of Torwood Lane. That’s where officers found a man and a woman in possession of mail stolen from several mailboxes in the neighborhood, according to a Los Altos Police Department report.

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