This Week from the Los Altos Police Log: March 23-29

Mysterious gunshot sounds, several reported cases of minor identity theft and more kept the Los Altos Police busy this past week.

Remember – if you plan to drive with either no license or a suspended license, drive carefully. Something as small as being pulled over for changing lanes without signaling can get you in a much bigger heap of trouble when the police run your driver’s license.


Friday and Saturday, the Los Altos Police were busy checking out two cases of reported gunshot sounds heard. The first was reported around 10:30 a.m. Friday morning, in the 600 block of Coral Court. Someone reported hearing what sounded like either the sound of a gun being fired, or possibly a car backfiring. Police conducted a thorough search of the area but came up empty. The second occurred in the middle of the night, around 4:30 a.m., in the 400 block of Gabilan Street. Again, though, police conducted a search and found nothing to indicate a gun had been fired in the area.

On Friday around 11:30 a.m., officers responded to a report of a dog locked in a vehicle in the 300 block of Second Street. The owner of the dog was located at the scene and the officer made contact.

Around 9:30 that evening, officers received a noise complaint about a barking dog in the 1000 block of Ben Roe Drive. Officers made contact with the owner and advised him or her to try and try and quiet the pet.


On Saturday morning around 9:15, police received a report of a dead animal in the roadway at Foothill Expressway and Loyola Drive. Officers referred the situation to Animal Control to be taken care of.

Not long after, police received a call from a resident in the 4000 block of El Camino Real, reporting a disturbance in which a person was harassing him or her at their home. Unfortunately, the person waited too long to report it, and officers couldn’t do anything about it because the person who had been disturbing the resident at his or her home was gone by that point. Officers took down information and advised the reporting party to call again if the person returned.

Just before 10:30 a.m., officers caught someone driving with a suspended license near the Palo Alto/Los Altos border. Officers gave the driver a citation arrest, ordering him or her to appear in court, and then released him or her.

Around 2:30 p.m., Los Altos Police received a report of indecent exposure that had just occurred. It turned out the incident occurred in the 900 block of El Monte Avenue, which is just on the other side of the Mountain View border, so police referred the incident to Mountain View Police.

Saturday evening, around 5:45 p.m., Los Altos Police were called to take a report of identity theft from a resident of Carmel Court. The man told police his personal information had been used to open a credit card account. Any losses are unknown at this time.


On Sunday around 2:30 p.m., officers received a call from someone downtown at Main and Second Streets reporting a dog bite. The victim received only minor injuries, but officers took a report of the incident.


In the early hours of Monday morning, around 2:43, police received a 9-1-1 call from a resident in the 300 block of Distel Circle reporting a trespasser on their property. Officers responded immediately and located the trespasser, admonished him or her, and sent the suspect away.

Just after 11 a.m., Los Altos Police made an arrest at the dead-end of Stevens Place for possession of a controlled substance. Officers reportedly made contact with a suspect in the area, who was later determined to be in possession of methamphetamines. The suspect was arrested and booked into Santa Clara County Main Jail.


Tuesday was a relatively quiet day for the Los Altos Police, save for a number of 9-1-1 hang-up calls and one family disturbance in which officers had to step in a mediate.


On Wednesday just before noon, a resident who lives in the 700 block of Vista Grande Avenue walked into the police department to ask advice about harassing letters he or she had been receiving. The victim did not wish to make a report at the time, but officers offered advice.

Around 12:30 that afternoon, during a routine traffic stop in the 1000 block of Grant Road, officers gave a citation to a driver under the age of 21 for being in possession of alcohol in the vehicle. The driver was released.

Police took two reports for possible identity theft on Wednesday afternoon. Around 1:30 p.m., a resident of Jay Street walked into the Los Altos Police Department headquarters to show a letter he had received from the Dublin Police Department. The letter indicated he may be the victim of identity theft, because they had recently arrested a Dublin man who was found to be in possession of several items of the victim’s mail. Any losses are unknown at this time, but Los Altos Police documented the incident as well. Later that afternoon, around 2:45 p.m., police spoke with a female resident of W. Edith Avenue who wished to make a report as well. She suspected that someone had hacked into her personal home computer and erased several e-mails, and changed some logins and passwords to accounts. The woman also reported being harassed by voicemails and e-mails, although police are unsure at this time if the two matters are related. Los Altos Police took a report of both claims.


On Thursday just before 11:30 a.m., officers received a report of suspicious persons near Fremont Avenue and Fallen Leaf Lane. Officers responded to the scene and located the persons, who turned out to be contracted workers for the City. The group was allowed to go on their way.

That afternoon around 4 p.m., officers received a report of someone sleeping on the sidewalk at El Camino Real and Distel Circle. Officers responded and made contact with the subject, who was given police assistance.

That evening just before 7 p.m., Los Altos Police officers caught yet another person driving with a suspended license at Phyllis Avenue and El Camino Real in Mountain View. The suspect’s vehicle was towed and the driver was given a citation arrest.


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

If you have any questions about this police log, contact Los Altos Patch Editor L.A. Chung at lachung@patch.com.


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