Man snatches woman's necklace in Mountain View

Thief flees in truck following afternoon robbery

With the help of an accomplice in a pickup truck, a man stole a necklace from the neck of a 25-year-old woman while she walked on Villa Street in broad daylight Monday, police said.

The victim, who reported the crime at 2:14 p.m., told police that a small, dark gray truck drove past her on Villa Street, near its intersection with Escuela Avenue and pulled over, according to Liz Wylie, a spokeswoman for the Mountain View Police Department.

A man stepped out of the truck, approached the woman and ripped the necklace from around her neck and then tried to grab her backpack, Wylie said. The woman turned away from the man, who then ran back to the waiting truck, hopped in and fled.

The victim described the suspect as a short, light-skinned Hispanic male in his 20s, wearing a flannel shirt and baggy, black jeans. The victim didn't get a very good look at the man in the truck, Wylie said. She described him as a Hispanic male in his 20s.

The woman told police that her necklace was worth around $200.

— Mountain View Voice staff

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Posted by Anon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 2, 2011 at 12:47 pm

This is really disgusting ... just looking through the Palo Alto Online stories this pattern is seeming to repeat many times now.

Is there anyone in our local government who can talk about this and how it is going to be handled, or are we just hoping no one gets really hurt badly or it does not get to be too big of a trend.

What do you think something like this does to a person in our society? How do you think it makes them feel? How does it affect confidence, community spirit, the economy?

And then ... when we catch these people we send people like them away for far to short of a time, and now we cannot afford to even do that.

Something has to give. Our leaders have to lead, or our media has to start banging on this to raise awareness, and we have to solve it, or we are going to have closed neighborhoods and ghettos and a terrified populace.

Am I just over-reacting? I have been jumped once like this decades ago in my life and I never forgot it and it infuriates me to see this becoming rampant. What can we do?

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Posted by Jesse
a resident of Mountain View
on Aug 2, 2011 at 3:50 pm

Is this near the Day Worker Center?

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Posted by Tim
a resident of Triple El
on Aug 3, 2011 at 11:01 am

The problem is that thieves don't fear their victims; they only fear the threat of incarceration which in a snatch-and-grab case like this is extremely unlikely. The police just simply aren't around. If we had concealed carry, criminals would fear their victims since they wouldn't know if their attack would be met with equal force.

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Posted by nuffsaid
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 3, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Article 4 section 4 of the U.S. Constitution states: “The United States shall guarantee that every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect them against Invasion.”

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