First Grader Walks Off School Campus, Multiple Auto Burglaries and More

Incidents from the Los Altos Police Log over the past week, from April 20-26.


Our tip this week – please, oh please, don’t leave belongings in your parked car overnight! Especially somewhere in plain sight, such as the passenger seat or dashboard! As the first incident in our weekly crime wrap-up will show you – thieves are out there, and they’re desperate, so if you want to hang on to your belongings, don’t tempt them. It's like painting a big sign on the hood of your car that says "FREE STUFF."

The weekend started off with a series of auto burglaries – the first two of which appear to have been committed by the same suspect or suspects. Within a little more than a half-hour Friday morning, the windows of two vehicles on Benvenue Avenue were smashed, and belongings inside the vehicle were stolen. The first was reported at 7:37 a.m., and the victim lost a laptop he or she had left in the car overnight. The second was reported less than a block away at 8:11 a.m.; this time, an iPod was stolen. Another similar incident was reported on Sunday at 7:33 a.m. on Aroboledo Drive, when a “work bag” left in the car overnight was stolen.

One first grader at gave a whole lot of people a big scare on Friday morning, when he or she decided to walk off campus alone around 8:30 a.m., shortly after school began. Naturally, the police were immediately called. Luckily, though, a teacher had spotted the child as he or she left the school and headed toward town. The teacher ran fast and chased the child down, and brought him or her back to school grounds. A report was taken by the police for a juvenile disturbance.

One person at least got some good news Friday morning, when Los Altos Police spotted a car that had been reported stolen out of Mountain View around 10:30 a.m. in the 800 block of Altos Oaks Drive. Police notified Mountain View Police, and the owner was tracked down and given back his or her car.

Around 1:00 Friday afternoon, a woman walked into the police department to request officers’ help. Apparently, a long, ongoing dispute between her and one of her neighbors on Highland View Court was starting to turn ugly, and the woman said her neighbor was “starting to get very aggressive with her.” Police officers assisted by following her to the neighbor’s house and mediating the disturbance between the two parties.

Apparently, last weekend was a popular one for loud get-togethers around Los Altos. In one hour Friday night, police received three noise complaints, from different parts of the city. The first came in at 10:30 p.m. from Arrowood Court and Riverside Drive. Police advised the involved party. The second came in around 45 minutes later from the 1800 block of Fallen Leaf Lane. This time, officers gave the party a reprimand, and then released them. The third came in about 20 minutes after that, from the 600 block of Panchita Way. Again, officers gave a reprimand and then released the involved party. Sunday night, a noise complaint came in from the 900 block of Clinton Road. The parties were reprimanded and released.

Saturday started off with a family disturbance just before 1:30 a.m., from the 1300 block of Holly Avenue. Officers responded and advised the family.

Officers were called upon to deal with the usual weekly solicitor complaints this week. The first came from the 1400 block of Miramonte Avenue Saturday afternoon. Officers tracked the offending solicitor down and advised them that the City’s municipal code prohibits such activity. The party was then released. The second came from the 1200 block of Golden Way shortly after 3:00 Monday afternoon. As usual, officers tracked the solicitor down, advised of the City’s code, and then released him or her.

Two outstanding misdemeanor warrants were resolved this week, both for petty theft. The first occurred Sunday morning just before 11 a.m. when officers tracked down a suspect on Anderson Drive with a $10,000 warrant. The second was resolved when the suspect surrendered at the police department on Monday just before 3 p.m. That warrant was for $2,000. Both suspects were booked into jail.

One family in the 1000 block of Eva Avenue had a bad Sunday night, when they were forced to call the police to report malicious mischief and vandalism when two windows in the front of their home were smashed by driver-by paintballers. Police took a report, but so far, have no suspects.

Someone must have been in a hurry on their lunchbreak Monday – officers spotted a reckless driver in the area of Parma Way and Covington Road at 12:40 p.m. Officers pulled the driver over, gave a reprimand and then released him or her.

One lucky person got his or her missing bicycle returned on Tuesday. A kindhearted person found it in the 1000 block of St. Joseph Avenue just before 9 a.m. and alerted the police.

A resident of the 1800 block of Colleen Drive sure didn’t appreciate a neighbor’s incessantly barking dog Tuesday, and called the police to make a complaint just before 10 a.m. Officers made contact with the dog’s owner and advised them the City’s municipal code frowns upon that sort of thing.

A brief scare was had Tuesday afternoon around 2 p.m. when the hold-up alarm in the offices of at 199 First St. sounded. Officers responded immediately, and thankfully, found it to be a false alarm caused by a system malfunction.

Someone was spooked by a homeless man who was seen throwing garbage around a parking lot in the 5000 block of El Camino Real around 2:30 that afternoon. The reporting party called it in as a suspicious person. Officers searched the area but were unable to find the man. However, another call came in about two hours later, that the man was back, and was camping out. This time, officers responded and found him still there, and had him moved out of the parking lot.

Now, this case definitely earned our sympathies – an unfortunate soul who lives in the 1900 block of Colleen Drive called the police a little after 2 p.m. Wednesday to report fraud. Apparently, the person had ordered and paid $53 for a pair of shoes online – but all that arrived in the package from the seller was a pen. Needless to say, he or she was pretty ticked off, and rightfully so. Police took a report.

Poor kitty! Police received a call in the early hours of Thursday morning, around 3 a.m., because a cat wandering along the roof of a home in the 2000 block of Crist Drive , possibly for as long as 24 hours before the owners figured out what had happened. Officers responded along with the fire department and helped free the cat.

Another family disturbance was called in around 8 a.m. from the 700 block of Morgan Place. Officers responded and assisted in mediating the situation.

It seems something was in the air Thursday in Los Altos – residential burglary alarms were going off all over the city, all day long, and every one of them turned out to be a malfunction. Between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., at least seven different alarms went off. Here’s a tip – check and make sure your home alarm is in working order!

In addition to dealing with crazy alarm systems, police were called to deal with a serious matter Thursday night around 9:45 p.m. near . The department received a report of a reckless driver in the area. Police located his vehicle and pulled him over, and found him to be under the influence. He put up quite a fight, however, and police eventually arrested him not only for DUI but also for resisting arrest. Glen Aizawa, a Los Altos resident, was booked into Santa Clara County Main Jail.

Also on Thursday night, police received a call from a woman who lives in Los Altos and is a visiting professor at Stanford University. The woman was concerned because she said she has been receiving multiple threatening calls and e-mails to her office on campus, from another person within Stanford. Since the threats were received on campus, Los Altos Police referred her to the public safety department within the university.


The information in this article was supplied by the Los Altos Police Department. Where arrests are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

For questions regarding this police log, contact Los Altos Patch Editor L.A. Chung at lachung@patch.com.


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