A real-life Grinch stole a television from an apartment on the 300 block of Escuela Avenue on Christmas morning.
Residents of a unit at the Park Vista Apartments, located at 316 Escuela Ave., told police they left their door unlocked and their home unattended for less than half an hour -- 6:30 a.m. to 6:59 a.m. -- on Dec. 25. When they returned from a neighboring apartment they discovered that someone had taken their 40-inch TV.
It's unfortunate, but it just goes to show how many burglaries are "crimes of opportunity," said Sgt. Saul Jaeger, public information officer for the Mountain View Police Department.
Jaeger advised Mountain View denizens to lock their doors when going out during the holidays even if it's just for quick errand or to visit the neighbors. Leaving lights on and keeping valuables out of sight from prying eyes is also a good idea, he said.