Prosecutor warns of scams targeting seniors

An 81-year-old Morgan Hill man who thought he had won $2 million in a Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes instead lost more than $50,000 to scammers last month. Although the perpetrators likely live overseas and could not be identified or prosecuted, quick action by family members and local law enforcement officials eventually led to the retrieval of the funds.

Most victims are not so lucky, warned Deputy District Attorney Cherie Bourlard. She spoke to the Town Crier last week and shared tips for keeping finances secure.

MV resident arrested for mail-carrier attack

Mountain View police officers arrested a 69-year-old resident Dec. 1 after he allegedly attacked a female postal worker over what police believe stemmed from an argument over how the man’s mail was being delivered.

Mountain View Police spokeswoman Katie Nelson said officers responded at 1:20 p.m. to a home on the 700 block of San Lucas Avenue after receiving a call reporting an assault. When officers arrived, the 45-year-old victim said the resident, identified as Denzil Burkhead, squeezed her throat and pushed her to the ground.

Los Altos construction site burglaries spike

 construction site burglaries
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
In a two-week period in November, police received 10 reports of burglaries at Los Altos construction sites, according to police Sgt. Brian Jeffrey. A city ordinance specifies permitted construction hours, so police urge residents to keep watch and call police if they observe suspicious activity.

Los Altos Police Department detectives are investigating 10 construction-site burglaries that occurred Nov. 13-27, confirming a spike in such crimes.

Sgt. Brian Jeffrey said the police department is working with neighboring law enforcement agencies “in an effort to collaborate on identifying related crimes and developing crime patterns” for the burglaries.

FBI raids Los Altos lice-removal business

LoveBugs raid
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
A FBI representative, in green, reenters LoveBugs following a raid at the Los Altos business Wednesday morning.

FBI agents descended on Rancho Shopping Center in Los Altos last week to execute a search warrant at a lice-removal salon. 

Stealing Christmas Safety tips aim to keep homes, packages safe

Courtesy of Charlene Su
Los Altos resident Charlene Su shared a Ring freeze frame on Nextdoor to alert neighbors to the thief who stole packages off her front porch.

After yet another resident posted a Ring security video on Nextdoor showing someone stealing packages from her front porch, the Los Altos Police Department issued tips to ensure the crime doesn’t happen to others.

Residents play connect-the-burglaries on Nextdoor

auto burglaries
Courtesy of Indy Chohan
Mountain View resident Indy Chohan posted his personal home security video on Nextdoor during a discussion on how car burglaries were not only widespread between his hometown and Los Altos, but also about how residents who had their property stolen could have been scammed by the same suspects on late Thursday night/early Friday morning. In the video, you can see two suspects grab the garage door opener from Chohan's unlocked car and hand off a toolbox before leaving toward Leona Lane.

The Los Altos Police Department is investigating 16 thefts from vehicles and residential garages reported Friday.

Residents on Nextdoor believe the burglaries could be related to a series of burglaries in Mountain View that occurred just hours before.

MV police arrest Los Altos man in decade-long stalking case

Mountain View Police detectives arrested 29-year-old Los Altos resident Matthew Cringle Nov. 19 for allegedly stalking a former female classmate for more than 10 years.

Last April 23, officers responded to a home in Mountain View where a woman informed them she had discovered explicit messages in an inbox on her Facebook account. The messages came from several accounts, all of which appeared to be fake. However, based on messages the victim had previously been sent, she believed Cringle ran the accounts.

Matthew Cringle

LAH house fire not considered suspicious

Courtesy of Santa Clara County Fire Department
Eight fire engines carrying a total of 41 personnel were deployed to the 27000 block of Via Ventana Way in Los Altos Hills after a caller reported a multistory home burning at 2:30 a.m. Nov. 19. Firefighters extinguished the blaze, and all occupants escaped uninjured, according to a Santa Clara County Fire Department representative.

An investigation continues this week into the cause of an early-morning fire Nov. 19 that destroyed a Los Altos Hills home. The occupants escaped unharmed.

“Due to the extent of the fire, the investigation is still underway; however, it is not considered suspicious,” said Luisa Rapport, Santa Clara County Fire Department spokeswoman.

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