Mountain View police seek smoking purse thief

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Courtesy of the Mountain View Police Department
Video surveillance depicts a woman suspected of stealing a purse from a home in the 1000 block of Castro Street in Mountain View.

A thief who made off with a Mountain View resident’s wallet last week and subsequently racked up a hefty credit card bill may have unknowingly left her visage behind. 

Los Altan pleads no contest to stalking charges

Los Altos resident Matthew Cringle pleaded no contest Friday to two felony charges related to the decade-long stalking of a former classmate, according to Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Kelly Meeker.

Matthew Cringle

Mountain View Police detectives took Cringle, 29, into custody Nov. 19 after an investigation by the department’s Cyber Crime Unit yielded credible evidence that he had virtually stalked and threatened a Mountain View woman with whom he had shared a class in high school. 

Sheriff's Office touts new resources to combat crime in Los Altos Hills

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Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Town Crier Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Hugh Murphy patrols Los Altos Hills, a beat he assumed in January. His SUV, above, sports an automated license plate reader system.

Hugh Murphy’s vehicle chirps at him all day long. It took some time for the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office deputy to grow accustomed to the incessant chatter, but he appreciates it now; the noises mean the automated license plate reader within Murphy’s patrol vehicle is working.

Authorities seek additional victims of accused child rapist

A Mountain View man accused of raping a 12-year-old girl from Sunnyvale is being held at the Santa Clara County Jail without bail following his arrest Monday (May 13).

Sean Muilenburg

Sean Muilenburg, 46, is charged with rape of a child under 14 years of age and lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 14 years of age.

Muilenburg first came into contact with the victim through an online adult dating website, which he used as a platform to engage in inappropriate behavior with her, according to the Mountain View Police Department. The two exchanged cellphone numbers and arranged to meet at a Sunnyvale park, where Muilenburg picked her up.

Muilenburg allegedly drove the girl to his home – located in the 500 block of Chesley Court, near Cooper Park – and “engaged in non-consensual sexual acts” with her there, according to a police department press release.

The girl was reported as missing at approximately 2 a.m. Monday, according to the press release. As Sunnyvale Police officers investigated, they learned she had been texting with someone who lived at Muilenburg’s address. Mountain View officers responded to the home and apprehended Muilenburg as he returned from dropping off the victim a short distance from her residence in Sunnyvale.

Authorities believe Muilenburg may have met and victimized other people through similar means, according to the press release. Report information about the case and potential others to Detective Temo Gonzalez at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. {jathumbnail off}

Los Altos commission chairman's DUI trial delayed to September after subpoena request

Los Altos Planning Commission Chairman Alexander Samek’s DUI trial has been pushed back four months to allow more time to analyze subpoenaed evidence from Tesla Motors.

Bagels & Business: Police, merchants talk crime prevention

Courtesy of City of Los Altos 
Los Altos Police Department officers Scott McCrossin and Katie Krauss, center, meet with business owners and employees April 23 at the third Bagels and Business Educational Workshop. Anthony Carnesecca, far right, attended to represent city staff.

At the third Bagels and Business Educational Workshop, hosted by the Los Altos Village Association April 23, Capt. Scott McCrossin and Capt. Katie Krauss of the Los Altos Police Department convened with business owners and employees from all over Los Altos to discuss improving security.

Over breakfast provided by LAVA, Krauss noted that last week’s seminar may have had the highest turnout so far, perhaps attributable to the commercial burglary spree in the past month (see sidebar).

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