Police Calls From the Week Aug. 24 to 31: DUIs and Thefts

From stealing recyclables, to stealing bicycles, the week from the Los Altos Police log includes thefts and warrant arrests, drunken driving incidents and identity theft.


Friday, Aug. 24 got off to a dubious start at 7:16 a.m. when a resident called to report someone was taking recyclables from bins at N. Avalon Avenue and Almond Avenue. Police made contact with the individual. Two days later, on the 200 block of Covington Road, there was another report of a person was taking recyclables at 7:46 a.m., but the person was gone when the officer arrived.  Later in the morning, police making a traffic stop at El Camino Real and Rich Street found James Shephard of San Jose had a felony no-bail warrant for possession of narcotics. He was arrested at 10:39 a.m. and taken to the county jail in San Jose. It was a big day for tows at the Foothill Crossing shopping center, which has had a crackdown on cars parking longer than the posted 90 minutes in one spot. Three were three tows that day and a fourth on Aug. 26. There was also one tow from Main Street as police cleared the block for the downtown movie night.  There was a petty theft that day, on the 700 block of Casita Way, when a thief took a bicycle from a garage; another bicycle theft from a garage at 1:19 p.m., on the 600 block of Birch Avenue was classified as a burglary. At 3:06 p.m., there was the first of two traffic collisions with minor injuries, at Loucks Avenue and San Antonio Road, then at 4:51 p.m., on the 600 block of El Monte Avenue. A third collision at 7:12 p.m., at S. El Monte Avenue and Hawthorne Avenue, had no injuries.

Police did their part for the national crackdown on drunk driving running through Labor Day with the first of three drunk driving arrests that weekend. At 9:27 p.m., police stopped Brian Isbell at N. San Antonio Road and Parsons Way, and issued a citation arrest for driving under the influence. Loud parties also kicked off the weekend that night. At 11:58 p.m., they were called to the 600 block of Rosita Avenue to tell the folks to quiet down. 

On Saturday, Aug. 25, shortly before 2 a.m., El Camino Real & Showers Drive; police made an arrest for misdemeanor warrant, driving under the influence. At 6:50 a.m., a resident complained of loud music on the 800 block of Fremont Avenue but police were unable to locate the source. At 9:12 a.m. they made the first of two driving for driving with a suspended license at El Camino Real & Jordan Avenue; Kevin McLaughlin , 55, of Mountain View, was cited to appear and released.  Then, at 9:52 a.m. police issued a citation arrest to Moises Severiano, 29, of San Jose, on the 2500 block of El Camino Real, for driving on a suspended license. He was cited to appear and released. The car was left at the scene for a licensed driver to pick up.  At 10:41 a.m., police stopped Huey Yen, 60, of Los Altos, at Grant Road and Don Kirk St. She was cited for driving while under the influence, and released. Not far away, police were called at 3:31 p.m. to a home on the 1700 block of Eve Marie Avenue, where two suspects in a red “Prius-like” car drove up and stole a scooter from the front of the house. They were last seen on Fallen Leaf Lane. At 12:21 p.m., police made a traffic stop at San Antonio Road & California Street and discovered the driver was wanted on a misdemeanor warrant. The subject was arrested and booked into Santa Clara County Main Jail in San Jose.

On Sunday, Aug. 26, officers stopped Zachary Cunningham, 27, for a traffic violation at 12:40 a.m., near W. El Camino Real & El Monte Avenue and found him allegedly driving under the influence, and issued him a citation arrest. At 6:31 p.m., a resident on the 900 block of Golden Way reported the theft of license plate.

On Monday, Aug. 27, at 9:47 a.m. there was a traffic collision on S. El Monte Avenue near Interstate Highway 280. A Santa Clara County Sheriff’s deputy responded. One car rear-ended the other when the driver in front, who had just cleared the stop sign, slowed unexpectedly and was hit by the following driver, according to Sheriff's Capt. Ken Binder. There were minor injuries.  At S. Springer and Riverside Drive, police stopped Sung Hong, 31, of San Jose, who was found driving on a suspended license. At 4:56 p.m.,  a resident reported at 4:56 p.m. that a bicycle was stolen from the 2000 block of Louise Lane.

On Tuesday, Aug. 28, there were two tows at the Foothill Crossing shopping center , at 10:41 and 2:15 p.m. At 2:28 p.m., there was a collision at University Avenue and El Monte Avenue when one car ran a red light and collided with another, resulting in minor injuries.

On Wednesday, Aug. 29, a resident on the 500 block of Panchita Way reported identity theft, when the individual received a letter in the mail regarding a credit card from Sears that he had never applied for. At 1:50 p.m., a woman was caught shoplifting at Andronico’s but the store elected not to press charges. There were two auto burglaries that day, both smash-and-grab variety, so remember to place your valuables out of sight when you park your car. The first was on the 900 block of Eastwood Place at 3:35 p.m., where the victim’s purse was grabbed from the car. The second was 9:15 p.m. on the 1000 block of N. San Antonio Road, and a backpack was taken.

Thursday, August 30 was a big day for gas-powered leaf blower complaints.  Police received five complaints on the 2200 block of Grant Road, the 300 block of Second Street, the 1400 block of Fremont Avenue, the 1200 block of Via Huerta and the 2000 block of Crist Drive.  Police took a report of identity theft at 11:55 a.m. from a resident of the 400 block of Torwood Avenue. 

On Friday, Aug. 31, police escorted a boy off campus after allegedly pushed a school staff member, Sgt. Cameron Shearer said. The Los Altos High School newspaper, The Talon, reported assistant principal Galen Rosenberg said staff was concerned that the student was behaving in a manner that could be a threat to others, but there were no weapons of any kind involved.


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