Police Calls: The Bong in the Backpack—at School

Los Altos Police had an interesting day on March 12, from the mystery backpack containing paraphernalia to a patron at Boulanger making a citizen's arrest when she discovered someone took money and gift cards from her purse.


Los Altos Police March 12 started their day with a couple more car burglaries at Springwood Apartments. The thief or thieves even smashed a window just to walk off with a Bible (for guilt?) and coins in a tray.

Markets and the post office were the scene of some action as well. Police were called to Whole Food Market for a road rage incident, to the post office for a disturbance, and to Draeger's three times to handle complaints about protesters.

Towing is indeed back in action at Foothill Crossing shopping center. 


  • 7:42 a.m., 2250 Homestead Court; vehicle burglary. Sgt. Neal Randles said the car’s owner discovered that sometime overnight a GPS, tripod and coins were taken from his locked car.
  • 7:59 a.m., 2220 Homestead Court, vehicle burglary; Sgt. Randles said the victim had parked in outside parking lot on the northeast side. The car’s passenger side window was smashed, and stolen was a Bible and coin tray.


  • 9:06 a.m., 221 Main St., U.S. Post Office; disturbance, officers assisted
  • 3:41 p.m., 4800 El Camino Real, Whole Foods Market; road rage incident, reporting party is requesting patrol checks only, no report
  • 3:50 p.m., 342 First Street, Draeger’s Market; protesters causing disturbance, officer responded and assisted, no crime
  • 7:02 p.m., 342 First Street, Draeger’s Market; disturbance, verbal and late-reported, information only


  • 10:54 a.m., 301 Main St., Le Boulanger; theft undefined, in progress; Sgt. Randles said a restaurant patron left her purse, and the suspect took money and gift cards from the it. When the victim returned, she discovered the items missing and placed the suspect under citizen's arrest. Arrested on supicion of theft was Kellie Carneghi, 23.

Suspicious Person / Circumstances

  • 12:36 p.m., 911, 882 Manor Way; suspicious subject at the front door, officers responded and the subject was gone on arrival.
  • 2:11 p.m., Longden Court and St. Joseph Avenue; suspicious person seen in area, police responded and the area was checked. Subject was gone on arrival
  • 2:28 p.m., 411 Azalea Way; suspicious circumstances; report of a subject who came to the door advising he was from AT&T, reporting person is questioning the legitimacy, officer responded and subject was gone on arrival
  • 2:51 p.m., 342 First Street, Draeger’s Market; protesters blocking the sidewalk, officer responded and the sidewalk is not being blocked, assistance rendered

General Tow

  • 1:15 p.m., 2310 Homestead Road (Foothill Crossing); private property tow
  • 1:58 p.m., 2310 Homestead Road (Foothill Crossing); private property tow

 Found Property

  • 1:20 p.m., 770 Berry Av., Loyola School; found property, property held for destruction, report taken. Sgt. Randles said a backpack had been found at the school, which contained paraphernalia known as a “bong.”
  • 6:15 p.m., walk-in, Foothill Expressway and Loyola Drive; found property, report taken

Misdemeanor Warrant

  • 6:12 p.m., 151 Sylvian Way; misdemeanor warrant, suspicious person on a solicitor complaint, subject contacted by officers and found to have San Bernardino warrant for solicitation, Timothy Sparks was cited and released
  • 7:03 p.m., S. San Antonio Road and Pepper Drive; misdemeanor warrant, report of solicitor, officers responded and contacted the subject who was cited for an out-of-county warrant, and released. 
Yon Kers March 14, 2013 at 03:07 PM
What is going on at Draegers??
C.A.S. March 14, 2013 at 08:06 PM
Why did it take 17 minutes for the Los Altos Police to get to Bank of the West when the manager pushed the "we are being robbed botton" Notice we never get this in the paper!!!!
C.A.S. March 14, 2013 at 08:07 PM
Maybe the Chief of Police would be kind enough to respond?


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