Police investigate spate of auto burglaries

The suspect or suspects responsible for three auto burglaries reported last week on the same street in Los Altos remain at large. Because of proximity in location, method of crime and period of time, officers believe the burglaries are connected, police Sgt. Brian Jeffrey told the Town Crier. 

The Los Altos Police Department received a call at approximately 1 a.m. March 18 reporting a vehicle burglary on the 1000 block of Joseph Avenue. When officers arrived, they found the suspect(s) had gained entry to a car by breaking a window.

The victims saw property being stolen from their car and told officers that the suspect(s) fled northbound on Eva Avenue traveling in a dark-colored sedan.

A few minutes later, police dispatch received another call reporting an auto burglary. This time, a vehicle had been hit on the 1100 block of Joseph Avenue. Police estimated that between 8 p.m. March 17 and 1 a.m. March 18, a suspect or suspects again gained entry by breaking a window. Property was stolen from the car, but the victim did not witness it.

At approximately 8:25 a.m. March 18, a resident called police to report that someone had broken into a vehicle and stole property sometime after 5 p.m. March 17 on the 1200 block of Joseph Avenue.

“Los Altos Police Department detectives are actively investigating the incidents,” Jeffrey said in an email.

Jeffrey did not respond to an inquiry before the Town Crier’s deadline on whether any of the crimes were captured on surveillance video.

Anyone with information on the incidents is urged to call the department’s nonemergency number at 947-2770.

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