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Los Altos Police Blotter, May 27 through June 2: Auto Theft and Home Burglaries

A stolen car, home burglaries, grand theft, driving under the influence, a rash of disturbances and some non-injury traffic accidents are reported by Los Altos police for the period.

Los Altos Police had their hands full with a stolen car, three home burglaries, two cases of grand theft, two arrests for driving under the influence,  a rash of disturbances and seven non-injury traffic accidents topping the list of incidents between May 27 and June 2.

A car was reported stolen Thursday from a residence on Arboleda Drive. Sgt. John Korges said the vehicle was a 1987 blue Mustang.  He said no one knows how the car was taken, since the owners say they can account for all keys.

Police are continuing to investigate a case of possible assault and battery Thursday morning, resulting from a dispute among family members at a home on Austin Avenue.  Korges said officers were going back to question those involved again on Friday.

Two home burglaries were reported Thursday; one on Lunada Drive at 12:21 p.m., and another on Suffolk Avenue at 4:41 p.m. Korges said the suspects gained entry through an unlocked door at the Lunada Drive residence, taking a computer, camera and a videogame system. At the Suffolk Avenue home, the suspect or suspects broke a sliding glass door and took a videogame system.

Another burglary occurred last weekend on Altameda Drive when the suspect or suspects broke a sliding glass door and ransacked the home, Korges said. At least $400 in cash was taken and an undisclosed amount of jewelry.

A case of grand theft was also reported on Merritt Road Thursday afternoon. Suspects there made off with  an undisclosed amount of jewelry, Korges said. Another incident of grand theft was reported Monday at a home on Mercedes Avenue.

Two motorists were  arrested for driving under the influence during the period; one at the intersection of Del Medio Avenue and Fayette Drive shortly before 2 a.m. Monday and another Sunday, also in the early morning hours at El Camino Real and Showers Drive.

In what was a busy Thursday, there were also four different incidents of disturbances  within a two-hour period.  Korges said the first incident at 5:24 p.m. was a case of road rage; followed by an incident involving a panhandler on Homestead Road at 5:56 p.m.; and two other incidents on Austin Avenue at 7:12 p.m. and Van Buren Street at 7:24 p.m.

Four other disturbances were reported earlier in the week; two last Saturday on Main Street at 11:05 a.m. and on Homestead Road at 3:02 p.m. There were two more on Tuesday on Fremont Avenue at 3:51 p.m and  on Jordan Avenue at 7:27 p.m. Police were able to provide assistance in all cases and there were no arrests.

 Also this week, seven  non-injury traffic accidents occurred, including three on Tuesday on Foothill Expressway and Magdalena Avenue at 8:25 a.m.; on College Court and El Monte Avenue at 9:51 a.m. and on El Camino Real at about 4 p.m.

Police also helped homeowners capture their dog when it got out of their home on Patlen Avenue about 8 p.m. Tuesday.

The locations and dates of some additional incidents are noted on the map that accompanies this report.

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