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LAH residents help nab burglary suspect

The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office credits Los Altos Hills’ “diligently alert and aware community” with helping apprehend a potential burglar earlier this month.

Multiple residents called the Sheriff’s Office June 6 to report a man knocking on multiple front doors in the Wildcrest Drive area, said Capt. Rich Urena. A patrol deputy responding to the scene observed the suspect’s vehicle fail to observe a stop sign nearby at the intersection of Robleda and Chapin roads and pulled him over.

Mountain View PD's latest collision report reveals most dangerous intersections in city

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The El Camino Real-Grant Road intersection is among the most dangerous in Mountain View.

At least 169 traffic collisions took place in Mountain View during the first quarter of the year, a drop from the 187 tallied during the last quarter of 2018, according to the latest quarterly collision reports published on the police department’s website as part of a traffic safety awareness initiative that commenced in June 2018.

“We’re doubling the effort, for those who are interested in traffic data, to be able to access the information easily,” said Frank St. Clair, traffic lieutenant. “It is good public information to share, and as such, we wanted to make sure that our community (is) as informed as possible when they head out on the road.”

MV officer recognized for 2018 DUI arrests

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Officer Kyle Einfalt, holding award, celebrates the honor with, from left, Lt. Armando Espitia, Captain Chris Hsiung and Lt. Frank St. Clair.

Officer Kyle Einfalt of the Mountain View Police Department received recognition June 5 from Mothers Against Drunk Driving for his efforts in taking impaired drunk drivers off the road. In 2018, Einfalt arrested 57 drunken drivers.

1 motorist arrested for DUI in Los Altos, 8 nabbed in Mtn. View over holiday weekend

Law enforcement made one DUI arrest in Los Altos and eight in Mountain View over Memorial Day weekend, according to local police agencies.

The lone arrest in Los Altos occurred May 24 at the intersection of West Edith Avenue and North San Antonio Road, Los Altos Police Sgt. Brian Jeffrey said.

MV police searching for suspect who attempted to pull woman’s shorts down Monday

The Mountain View Police Department is asking for the community’s help to find a young, white male who allegedly tried to pull a resident’s shorts down while she was walking on Diericx Drive Monday afternoon.

Officers said at approximately 12:40 p.m., the 40-year-old woman was walking eastbound near Franklin Avenue when the suspect approached her from behind and attempted to pull her shorts down. She screamed, causing the suspect to escape on foot northbound on Franklin, the victim told police.

When Mountain View police arrived on scene, they “conducted an extensive area search but were unable to find the suspect,” according to a statement from the department.

The victim described the suspect as between 5 feet 8 inches and 6 feet tall. He was last seen wearing a black baseball cap, a black and gray horizontal striped shirt, black shorts and black shoes.

Anyone with information is urged to call Detective Robert Medina at 903-6189.

String of auto burglaries hits El Camino Real Tuesday night

Laptops, computer bags and backpacks were stolen from four cars on El Camino Real and Third Street Tuesday evening, according to the Los Altos Police Department.

Sgt. Brian Jeffrey said officers believe the burglaries were related due to their timing, location and common break-in method.

“In all four incidents, suspect(s) entered the victim’s vehicle by breaking a window and ultimately stealing the victim’s personal property,” Jeffrey said.

Officers predicted the series of crimes started at approximately 5:15 p.m. and concluded just after 8:45 p.m. Three of the auto burglaries took place on the 4500 block of El Camino Real between 5:15 p.m. and 8:47 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 7 p.m., and 7 p.m. and 7:50 p.m., respectively. A fourth was committed on Third Street between 8:20 p.m. and 8:38 p.m., police reported.

The department has no leads due to lack of video surveillance and description of the suspect(s) but is actively investigating the evidence, Jeffrey said.

Anyone with information pertaining to the string of burglaries is urged to call Jeffrey at 947-2770. Those wishing to remain anonymous may call the Los Altos Police Department tip line at 947-2774.

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