FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 16, 2013 –
News items below are collected from police dispatchers’ notes and arrest reports. The information in them has often not been verified beyond the initial reports.
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Police responded to an attempted burglary to a north-city apartment computer lab. One latent fingerprint was lifted from the door.
Oct. 10, 7:38 a.m.
A Westacre Road woman called police. She discovered her 2011 Chevrolet Camaro had been stolen during the night, and her Honda Civic had been burglarized. A wallet with a driver’s license and credit cards was missing from the Honda.
“There was a lighter in the vehicle that did not belong to her.”
Oct. 10, 2 p.m.
A Kaweah Street man told police he had been swindled. He said he was selling an engine, and a buyer agreed to pay $700 for it but only after it was installed in the buyer’s vehicle and found to be working properly.
A mechanic did the work, but “at some point, (the suspect) picked up the truck and took it from the shop and has not paid. . . for the engine.”
The Southport seller said he had tried to contact the buyer several times, with no response.
An officer reached the buyer by phone. The man said he did not know the victim, he had paid $500 for the engine, and he had made a deal to sell it to someone named “Vinnie,” from whom he had already had to repossess the engine.
The officer told the pair they had a civil dispute, and they needed to settle it themselves or in civil court.
Oct. 11, 2 p.m.
Security officials at a Southport department store placed a 7th Street woman under citizen’s arrest for shoplifting.
Oct. 11, 1:04 a.m.
An unknown man reportedly stole from a West Capitol Avenue supermarket “by force and fear.”
Oct. 11, 8 a.m.
An officer contacted several people illegally camping near Jefferson Blvd. and the Tower Bridge exit. A 48-year old homeless woman gave an officer a false name, which the officer checked out, finding no warrants.
Then she consented to a search of her bag. The officer found a drug pipe and arrested her. A second pipe was found in her shoe. The woman then gave her true name, for which there was an outstanding arrest warrant. She went to jail.
Oct. 11, 3:42 p.m.
An officer contacted a 46-year old Water Street man who had made an “unfounded” medical call. The man was arrested on warrants.
Oct. 11, 4:50 p.m.
A patrol officer stopped a 26-year old man in a 1993 Lincoln for vehicle code violations, at Sacramento Avenue and Douglas Street.
The man appeared drunk and had an open container of an alcoholic beverage.
The car was unregistered and uninsured. The man was arrested and the car was left parked and locked at the scene “per owner’s request.”
The man’s blood alcohol was tested at 0.05 and 0.06 percent (a level of 0.08 is presumed intoxicated.)
Oct. 6:30 p.m.
Police responded to a Riverpoint Circle home store.
A loss prevention officer at the store said “he observed (a suspect) selecting approximately $257 worth of store merchandise and putting this on a flat cart.”
The man then pushed the cart past a cashier on his way out the door.
“At this time, a cashier asked if he was going to pay for the merchandise, to which he stated, ‘my wife is going to make a return.’” – and continued out the door.
He was detained by staff and arrested.
The suspect was found with no cash or payment cards, and admitted he had gone in “to steal items for his family.”
Oct. 12, 5:32 p.m.
Police responded after loss prevention personnel at a different Riverpoint Circle store detained a 53-year old Sacramento man.
The personnel stopped him “after they observed him selecting items from the shelves, and attempting to return the items with an old receipt which had the same items printed on it.”
The suspect was placed under citizen’s arrest “after he received the cash from the cashier for the fraudulently returned items.” The refund was for $111.36.
After being read his rights, the man admitted “he came to the store to ‘make some money.’”
When an officer asked him if had entered the store with the intent to steal, he answered ‘Yes, I am sorry.”
The man was charged with burglary.
Oct. 13, 12:00 a.m.
An officer contacted a 22-year old West Sacramento man involved in a single-car accident on the 600-block of West Capitol. The man admitted to drinking and driving, but no sobriety test was given because the man was receiving treatment for injuries.
He was arrested and released to the medical personnel.
Oct. 13, 9:40 a.m.
Someone entered a Harbor Boulevard equipment leasing site, and stole a vehicle.
Oct. 13, 3:34 p.m.
A woman on Westacre Road reported the man she lived with had pushed her and also thrown an apple at her. No immediate arrests.
Oct. 13, 4:55 p.m.
A 25-year old known suspect “and another unidentified female conspired to steal merchandise” from a Riverpoint Court store. There was no immediate arrest.
Oct. 13, 5:29 p.m.
Police responded to a fireworks complaint on China Hat Court. One firecracker was found and booked for destruction.
Oct. 13, 8:46 p.m.
A Ventura man was arrested for shoplifting at a Riverpoint Court store.
Oct. 14, 8:30 a.m.
An Elk Grove man said he had parked his car on the 2100-block of West Capitol Avenue overnight. When he returned to his Ford Focus, he found it had been burglarized, with signs of forced entry and damage to the steering column and ignition.
“It appears that the suspect(s) tried to take the vehicle without permission,” observed an officer.
The car’s CD player was gone. No prints were found.
Oct. 14, 9:30 a.m.
A Westacre Road man found and turned in a package of marijuana. The package weighed 2.3 grams total.
Oct. 14, 9:30 a.m.
A woman reported to police that after she left for work, she spotted a possible marijuana plant in the road on the 1600-block of Fernwood Street.
An officer picked up the plant for destruction.
Oct. 14, 11:50 a.m.
An officer found a black and gold knife in the front passenger door of a patrol car.
Oct. 14, 1:27 p.m.
Police responded to a “cold burglary call” on Cummins Way.
A man told him:
“We just bought the house and I got the keys yesterday. That is the reason we don’t have any property in the house. . . My wife came over to the house at approximately 9:30-10 in the morning and saw the front door was unlocked. . . I told her I was sure that I locked the front door yesterday.”
The wife asked a neighbor to search the house and make sure it was empty. It was.
An officer noted there had been signs of damage to the door lock.
EDITOR’S NOTE: The West Sacramento Police Department is undergoing a transition in its data management. Because of this, we currently have access to many of the department’s arrest reports, but not to the logs of calls for service and reports of crime.
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