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Brazen burglars swipe $20,000 in valuables

Mountain View home's windows were left unlocked, crime may have been easily avoided, police say

About $20,000 in jewelry, electronics, furniture and art was taken from a Mountain View home over the weekend in a brazen burglary that police said could have been avoided.

The victim, a 58-year-old woman, returned from being away for the weekend to find that her home in the 400 block of Loreto Street had been burglarized, according to Mountain View police spokeswoman Liz Wylie. The crime was reported on March 28.

"We're not exactly sure how they got in," Wylie said, but theorized that the thief or thieves entered through one of the house's many unlocked windows. The woman had left one window partially open to allow her cats to get in and out. Other windows were unlocked.

Police also believe that the burglar or burglars had a vehicle -- perhaps a van or truck -- because of how much was taken.

Among the items missing: a painted wooden table, four framed lithographs, lots of jewelry, cash, a sculpture, six brown leather dining room chairs, a lamp, a digital camera, a laptop, about 40 CDs and a television, according to Wylie.

In all, the estimated value of everything that was taken is about $20,000, Wylie said.

"Always lock your house -- that's always the No. 1 takeaway," Wylie said, referring to burglaries in general. "These types of crimes are not always preventable, but they are almost always preventable."

Burglars are generally criminals of opportunity, Wylie said. They often do not want to physically break into homes, as it is easy to find homes that are unlocked -- "especially in nice neighborhoods."

Wylie advised people to always lock their homes when they are away and to recruit a trusted neighbor to look out for anything strange when going on long trips.

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Posted by Confused
a resident of Mountain View
on Mar 30, 2011 at 12:29 pm

This is a misprint right?

"These types of crimes are not always preventable, but they are almost always preventable."


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Posted by Confused 2
a resident of Menlo Park
on Mar 30, 2011 at 12:44 pm

These types of statements are not always misprints, but they are almost always misprints.


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Posted by LOL
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 30, 2011 at 1:12 pm

LOL at Confused 2


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Posted by Steve C
a resident of Menlo Park
on Mar 30, 2011 at 2:09 pm

Left her windows "partially open" to allow her cats to get in and out of the house? Hello??? Someone has been leading a very sheltered life I think.


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Posted by Lift it up
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 30, 2011 at 4:12 pm

Sounds like some circular reasoning to me mr animal control watch man group leader.


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Posted by coooper
a resident of another community
on Apr 1, 2011 at 1:44 am

If police could zero in on cell calls made in the vicinity of the house at the time of the burglary, there's a very good chance they could track down the burglars. They probably called in the truck after surveying how much stuff there was to take.


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