FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER NEWSPAPER — FEB 5, 2014 —
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.
A property manager reported a burglary to a vacant residence on Evergreen Avenue. Gone were a fridge, electric wiring and copper value. Estimated value of the loss: $10,200.
Jan. 27, 4:15 a.m.
Someone burglarized a row of propane tanks stored outside a market on the 3100-block of Jefferson Boulevard in Southport. They took two tanks, worth about $88.
Jan. 27, 6:30 a.m.
A construction site on Embardadero Drive was found burglarized. Thieves took six power cables – about 100 feet – worth an estimated $1,800.
Jan. 27, 5:30 p.m.
A 28-year old woman reported someone entered her Carbon Court home through an unlocked door, taking a laptop, iPad tablet computer and bank statements. The loss was estimated at about $1,000.
Jan. 27, 9:30 p.m.
A Hobson Drive man reported someone stole a safe from inside the house. In the safe were checks and bank documents. The loss was about $60.
Jan. 28, 7:45 a.m.
An Evergreen Avenue business was found burglarized. Gone were a laptop computer and $3,297 in cash.
Jan. 28, 8 a.m.
An Evergreen Avenue woman reported her apartment had been burglarized. Thieves left with an iPad, iMac, camera and headphones, for a total loss of around $6,900.
Jan. 28, 10:30 a.m.
The police “special investigations unit” served a search warrant on a residence on the 1700-block of Merkley Avenue. The 28-year old man sleeping in the home – a convicted felon – was found to possess four .38 caliber bullets, prescription drugs including liquid codeine, a digital scale and $940. Prescription labels had been removed from the drugs.
The man admitted the drugs and ammo were his, and said he had a drug problem, saying the prescription drugs “helped him with withdrawals.” He could not show a record of prescription for the drugs. He went to jail.
Jan. 28, 1 p.m.
A woman said she was robbed on Douglas Street, by a man who claimed he had a gun and demanded her wallet.
Jan. 28, 4:04 p.m.
A police officer driving on Douglas Street saw a car going the other way with two males in it. He checked its license, and learned the Honda Accord had been reported stolen out of Sacramento.
The officer followed the Honda into the rear of a Lighthouse Drive complex. He conducted a vehicle stop.
The 18-year old driver, a resident of James Street, was found to be “driving a stolen vehicle and using a shaved key to operate the vehicle.” He had no driver’s license.
The officer phoned the Honda’s owner, who confirmed he did not know the driver and the vehicle was gone without permission. The driver went to jail.
Jan 28, 5:20 p.m.
A department store in Southport’s Town Center Plaza detained a 37-year old Valley Oak Lane woman who tried to walk out with $199 worth of “various makeups.”
Jan. 28, 6:27 p.m.
An officer saw a bicycle with no lights going southbound on Ash Avenue.
The officer did a U-turn to catch up, turning on the patrol car’s lights and conducting a stop.
The 43-year old cyclist, a resident of Proctor Avenue, admitted he was on parole for drug charges. The officer searched him finding a glass methamphetamine-smoking pipe in the man’s pants, as well as a small bag with a crystal substance that later tested positive as “meth.”
The suspect then made the following claim of innocence:
“I didn’t know that was there, I swear to God! I thought I left it in the room.”
Jan. 28, 9:15 p.m.
A Hardy Drive woman reported her two vehicles were burglarized, with losses of about $1,000.
Jan. 29, 12:48 p.m.
A citizen reported seeing a “male walking a bike and carrying a large knife” going into a motel on the 1000-block of West Capitol.
A responding officer saw a bike parked next to a motel room door, with the door open. There was one man standing in the doorway and another inside – motioning for the officer to come over.
The officer detained the 49-year old man in the doorway, placing him in a patrol car.
The man inside said the suspect had entered his room and threatened him with the knife, swinging it at him. The victim dodged the knife. The suspect then walked into the room’s bathroom briefly, came out and started yelling some more. The victim thought the man may have left the knife in the bathroom or thrown it out the window.
The officer looked out that window, seeing a large knife in a sheath on the ground below.
The suspect went to jail.
Jan. 29, 6:35 p.m.
Police responded to the report involving three men arguing with another man over the repossession of a “semi” truck near the west end of West Capitol Avenue. None wanted to press charges, but all asked for police to document the incident.
Jan. 29, 11:15 p.m.
A woman called from a 4th Street complex. She told police “she had locked the door to a detached enclosed laundry room, and now someone was banging around inside, and (she) thought the person was burglarizing it.”
An officer detained a 31-year old man from St. John’s Road found inside the room. The officer noted “fresh damage” to the door and to washers and dryers inside. There was also a wrench and screwdriver in the room. During a search while arresting the man, the officer found a glass pipe with possible methamphetamine residue.
The officer read the suspect his rights.
The suspect then said “he did not live anywhere near (the complex) and just found the crow bar inside an unlocked laundry room.”
Jan. 31, 9:12 a.m.
A Bodega Bay Road man told police he had received a call from his credit card company, reporting fraudulent charges on his account.
Jan. 31, 10:45 a.m.
Police responded to a drug store on the 1200-block of West Capitol, where store security had detained a 60-year old homeless woman for shoplifting $11 in food and cosmetics.
After being read her Miranda rights, the woman said she had been hungry, confirmed her intent to steal the items, and explained that “Jesus told her to.”
Jan. 31, 5 p.m.
A 32-year old Southport woman reported her purse stolen at Drew Street. Since then, her credit cards had been used for $85 in charges at a West Sacramento department store, cell phone store and gas station.
Feb. 1, 4:48 p.m.
Several police reports involving an incident that took place over more than an hour detail something like this:
Police were dispatched to Simon Terrace regarding several people fighting, “armed with knives. There were two male victims, who reported that a couple of suspects had fled in a white SUV. The victims said they had earlier been sitting in a Honda Accord on Elder Drive when that SUV had pulled up and blocked them in. Three males (including the two who just fled) “exited the SUV and began threatening (the victims), calling them ‘scraps’ and pounding on the glass.”
The victims put the Honda in reverse to get away.
The SUV pursued them to Simon Terrace, where the SUV “rammed the rear end of the Honda.” Both vehicles stopped and the three suspects got out and pounded the windows of the Honda.
At some point, one of them swung a knife at one of the victims before they left the scene. Also, before they left the scene, they “observed witnesses” and may have threatened them as well.
Police found the SUV, arresting an 18-year old and 20-year old from Bryte Avenue. The men were identified as gang members, and reported as using “gang slang and gestures” during the assault.
Feb. 1, 7:10 p.m.
A car tire was found slashed on Madrone Avenue.
Feb. 1, 9:30 p.m.
A 22-year old Hobson Avenue man reported being robbed near Glide and Rice avenues. He said a group of suspects “simulated a handgun and demanded property.”
An officer found a cell phone in the back of a patrol car. The phone’s owner was unknown.
Feb. 2, 7 a.m.
Someone entered the gated property of a distribution company on Carlin Drive. They then got into an unlocked trailer and took cases of alcoholic beverages worth about $500.
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.
Responding to an inquiry from the News-Ledger, a spokesman said the department hopes for a solution in early 2014.
We hope to be able to share a wider variety of police call information at that time.
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