Proactive Policing Leads To Good Arrest In Movie Theater Parking Lot


On July 3, 2013 at approximately 12:02AM Officer Crowl was on patrol checking the parking lot of Century 16 Movie Theaters. This area is known for vehicle burglaries as people who are there to watch a movie often leave valuables in plain sight. Besides vehicle break-ins, officers will come across people participating in inappropriate sexual activity and/or illegal drugs. To help deter these types of criminal activity from occurring, officers routinely patrol this area.

During one such patrol, Officer Crowl came upon a vehicle and made contact with its male occupant, later identified as John Panfill. Upon contacting Panfill, Officer Crowl found he possessed narcotics. Panfill was booked into the San Jose Main Jail for Possession of Methamphetamine (11377(a)H&S) and Possession of a Controlled Substance (11350(a)H&S).

Please remember to keep all personal belongings out of plain sight not only when it comes to your vehicle, but also your home. Take a read of our post on burglaries here to find out how to protect your property.

cropped-star.jpgOfficer Crowl has been with the MVPD for five years and is currently assigned to the patrol division where he works the evening patrol shift. Originally from Northern California, Officer Crowl obtained his B.A. in Kinesiology before going into Law Enforcement. He participates in MVPD’s PAL Program where he mentored children from Graham Middle School. Officer Crowl enjoys the proactive policing environment MVPD offers, which allows him the opportunity to seek-out and prevent crime in Mountain View.

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