Mountain View Voice

News - October 25, 2013

Crime briefs

Thrice burglarized

A Mountain View woman's apartment was burglarized three times in a three-week span, according to police.

The woman, who lives on the 200 block of Church Street, reported that she fell prey to burglars on Sept. 24, Oct. 5 and once again on Oct. 15, according to Sgt. Saul Jaeger, public information officer with the Mountain View Police Department.

During the first burglary, the woman told police she went out to walk her dog at about 2 p.m. on Sept. 24. When she returned at 3 p.m. she didn't immediately notice anything. But the next day she received a fraud alert from her credit card company. She then looked for her wallet and found that it was missing.

Then, on Oct. 5, she left the apartment at noon and came back at 4 p.m. to discover that her iPad, Macbook Pro and a necklace with an oval ruby were missing. In both instances the woman said that she had left entryways into her apartment open or unlocked.

The third incident occurred on Oct. 15, according to Jaeger. On that day, she left her apartment at about 10:45 a.m. and returned at noon to find that her Macbook Air had been stolen. She told police she believes the burglar got in through her bedroom window.

Jaeger said that while this case is certainly unusual, it also serves as a reminder. "With burglaries in general, the constant theme is make sure you lock your door and don't leave stuff open."

Police have a suspect for one of the burglaries, Jaeger said. Security cameras in a convenience store captured images of someone using the woman's stolen credit cards.

—Nick Veronin

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