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Police unmask suspected mail thieves

A pair of mail-theft suspects whose use of bogus identities temporarily cast guilt on their alleged victims have been unmasked, their true IDs revealed.

The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office filed warrants for the arrests of East Palo Alto residents Brittaney Shannel Hudson, 27, and Courtney Marshan Hubert Ewing, 31. Each is charged with ID theft and providing false identification to law enforcement.

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Dec. 11, 4 p.m.: 0-10 block of Oak Street, Los Altos

Dec. 11, 4 p.m.: 200 block of Castro Street, Mountain View

'Tis the season for skimming

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
A variety of skimming devices scammers use to defraud consumers.

Greedy December.

The final month of the year claims more than its share of merriment via the holiday circuit.

Police investigate sharing of nude student photos among classmates

Detectives are investigating allegations that Mountain View High students used social media to share naked images of classmates without their permission.

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Dec. 1, 6 p.m.: 600 block of Torwood Lane, Los Altos

Dec. 1, 5 p.m.: 600 block of Berry Avenue, Los Altos

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.

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