Police Calls: Towing Continues at Foothill Crossings

The Los Altos Police also arrest a woman on a warrant near Almond School, and the first early fireworks of the season go off in the predawn hours, all found in the police log for June 27-28.


June 27

Suspicious Circumstances

- 6:10 a.m., June 27, 1270 Colonial Oaks Dr.;  report of a suspicious circumstance, report taken.

Gas Leaf Blower Violation

- 9:40 a.m., June 27, 100 block of Loucks Drive; gas leaf blower complaint, officer made contact and advised.

Traffic Collision

- 11:02 p.m., June 27, 4460 El Camino Real, non-injury accident, officer assisted with names exchange.

General Tow

- 11:32 a.m., June 27, 2310 Homestead Road (Foothill Crossings shopping center), private property tow

- 12:13 p.m., 2310 Homestead Road, private property tow

- 3:43 p.m., 2310 Homestead Road, private property tow


- 6:10 a.m., June 27, 500 block of Almond Avenue, warrant arrest; arrested was Dorothy Stefanki, 48, of San Jose, who was wanted on a $10,000 warrant for assault and battery.

Municipal Code Calls

- 6:42 p.m., June 27 Radio, 1500 block of Maple Lane, information

- 6:54 p.m., Radio, 600 block of Camellia Way, information

- 9:12 p.m., Queensbury Avenue and Wakefield Terrace, parking complaint, reprimand and released

Meet the Citizen

- 8:55 p.m., June 27, walk in, request to meet with an officer, PD responded, information

- 1:41 a.m., June 28, 9-1-1, 551 Torwood Ln., Request to meet with an officer, PD responded, assistance rendered

Be on the Lookout

- 9:43 p.m., 1040 Grant Road, Mountain View, Be-on-the-Lookout broadcast

Gunshots Heard

- 5:02 a.m., June 28, 1675 Juarez Ave., report of gunshots heard, used fireworks located, information

Judd June 29, 2012 at 11:26 PM
I have the same concerns as does Rose. How about an article interviewing the proper person at the Foothill Crossing Shopping Center explaining WHY there have been so many vehicle tows over the past few weeks? Is it people leaving their cars there while they go to work elsewhere all day, or simply overstaying a 2-hours limit while they have a leisurely meal, or parking outside the lines, or what? I'd like to know so I don't mistakenly do something to get myself towed!
L.A. Chung June 30, 2012 at 05:55 AM
We'll look into it on Monday!
Lynn June 30, 2012 at 07:47 PM
It's the bicyclists - this has been an active story in the Town Crier - "some cyclists have made a habit of using the private parking lot she shares with other owners as a meeting place for group rides. The 35-space lot in question is located directly behind Tom’s Depot, Café Vitale and other merchants. Ross said the group rides typically occur around noon and 5-7 p.m. weekdays, as well as on weekends. And that’s the crux of the issue – the cars are left occupying spaces as the cyclists ride off."
Judd June 30, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Lynn's comment about "it's the bicyclists" motivating the uptick in vehicle tows may be correct, but all the reports in the Patch over the past week or so have been at Foothill Crossings Shopping Center (2310 Homestead Road) which is a couple of miles down the road from Tom's Depot and Cafe Vitale, where Lynn says the "bicyclist problem" is. The tows are happening at the shopping center where Trader Joe's, RiteAid, Red Pepper, Chain Reaction, and other businesses are. Hmmmm!
WillBFrank September 06, 2012 at 02:23 AM
LOYAL CUSTOMERS AND SHOP EMPLOYEES ARE GETTING THEIR CARS TOWED! Anyone who think this is friendly neighborhood place should think twice. The property owner (Tom Harrington) is towing customers cars out of the parking lot if you stay too long!! It will cost you $300+ to get your car back after they tow it to south Sunnyvale. According to Los Altos police (who are receiving a ton of complaints) they have towed out at least 60 cars since June (at least 2 per day)! Most of them NOT so called "bike offenders". So don't think about coming here to shop or having a leisurely coffee at Peet's. The property owner wants to reduce having too many cars are in the parking lot by indiscriminately towing his loyal patron's cars if they are in his lot over 90 minutes. He is about to solve his problem because soon the parking lot will be EMPTY, as word gets around on the Internet and the local papers and customers take their business elsewhere. STAY AWAY!


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »