FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 26, 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.
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A Fillmore Place woman reported someone tried to steal the catalytic converter from her vehicle.
March 18, 10:02 a.m.
Police responded to a complaint about a homeless camp at F and 6th Streets. An officer reports that a 50-year old woman there “saw me, concealed herself behind a tree and began to dump property from her person. Located on the ground was a hard eyeglass case containing a suspected methamphetamine pipe.”
The woman was arrested.
March 18, 5:30 p.m.
Police responded to an argument between parents and their 28-year old son in a north-city home. The son was “throwing and breaking property.”
When the parents got in the car to get away, the son tried to deflate their car tires. The father, a cancer patient, tried to stop him, and was pushed and scratched. The son threatened to kill the pair during the altercation. He left, but later returned.
Police detained him and, when he did not obey commands, they pepper-sprayed him and took him into custody.
March 18, 8:15 p.m.
A woman reported a home burglary on Jasmine Avenue. Taken were some spare change and a gym bag, for a $57 loss.
March 18, 9:32 p.m.
A West Capitol resident reported being in a bathroom, when a 21-year old man (possibly an acquaintance) entered — and racked the slide on a gun he was carrying. Police responded, and determined the gun was a “replica.”
The man wielding it had “bloodshot watery eyes, slurred speech and was unsteady on his feet.” He was arrested for being too drunk to care for himself.
March 19, 11:55 a.m.
A Topaz Road man reported having rented a Toyota Prius from a West Sacramento agency. Then, the man’s son found an iPad under the passenger seat. The man reported it to police at the suggestion of the rental company.
March 19, 9:30 p.m.
A citizen found a wallet containing ID and $2.37, near Pheasant Hollow (Higgins Road at Jefferson Boulevard). The citizen turned in the wallet to police.
March 20, 7:30 a.m.
A $727 bike was stolen from a rack on Sacramento Avenue.
March 20, 2 p.m.
River City High School reported that a bike had been chained, unlocked, to a pole at the school since Feb. 14. Police booked it as found property.
March 21, 6 a.m.
A woman reported a catalytic converter stolen from her vehicle, causing loss and damage of about $4,000. (Information about the location of this theft was whited out of the police department’s press book, inappropriately, by police staff. See the note at the bottom regarding recent catalytic converter thefts in Southport).
March 21, 7 a.m.
An officer responded to the report of a suspicious vehicle at Southport’s Town Center Plaza.
The officer found a Camaro, with a 27-year old Marysville man “slumped over his steering wheel.”
“His clothes and shoes were on the ground outside the car,” reported the officer. “the hood was up and the engine components were tossed about.” The man, apparently so drunk he “could barely stand up,” was arrested for public drunkenness.
March 21, 7 a.m.
A man reported the theft of a catalytic converter from his Toyota 4Runner during the night on Union Square Road. Damage was about $1,000.
March 21, 7:30 a.m.
A woman reported a catalytic converter stolen from her vehicle, for a $1,000 loss. The location was deleted from records by police staff.
March 21, 8 a.m.
A woman reported the theft of a catalytic converter from her vehicle, for a $2,000 loss. The location of the crime was withheld by police staff.
March 21, 8 a.m.
A man reported the theft of $600 worth of stereo equipment and other items from his van parked on Cummins Way.
March 21, 3:27 p.m.
A woman tried to shoplift $509 worth of merchandise from a Riverpoint Court store. She fled without the items when confronted by a loss prevention specialist.
March 21, 3:27 p.m.
This report comes from the 1100-block of West Capitol, where a 32-year old woman objected to the methods of a 36-year old homeless panhandler:
“Suspect aggressively solicited money from the victim. Victim placed suspect under citizen’s arrest. Suspect was arrested and later booked at Yolo County Jail.”
March 21, 6:20 p.m.
A 49-year old man was found sleeping in front of a supermarket on the 1200-block of West Capitol. He was arrested after being found to be a wanted “parolee at large.”
March 21, 11:46 p.m.
From a park on the 1700-block of Lake Washington Boulevard:
“Unknown suspects cut the chains to the swings at Whitey’s Park. Police collected the swings to be held for safekeeping and reported the vandalism and safekeeping to (the) parks department.”
March 22, 7:14 a.m.
An officer found an envelope containing a nickel near the prisoner’s bench in the police department’s booking facility. It was booked as found property.
March 22, 7:30 a.m.
A Soule Street auto repair shop reported the burglary of $300 in cash.
March 22, 8:03 a.m.
Police contacted a woman at a homeless camp on the 3000-block of West Capitol. A 47-year old woman was found to have three warrants, and she was arrested.
March 22, 8:18 a.m.
Police contacted a 46-year old Todhunter Avenue man on the 1000-block of Sacramento Avenue because he matched the description of a burglary suspect.
The man had an outstanding warrant and was in possession of a shopping cart from a Reed Avenue-area home supply store. He went to jail.
March 23, 1:41 a.m.
An officer pulled a car over on Jefferson Blvd. near F Street because the license plates weren’t lighted. There was a 20-year old man from Danbury Court at the wheel. He failed a field sobriety test. The man admitted having consumed some spaghetti, as well as “4-5 shots of Bombay” in recent hours. He was arrested for DUI.
March 23, 7:30 a.m.
Police responded to a report that there were suspicious people inside the Merkley Avenue post office, possibly breaking into P.O. boxes. A 53-year old homeless man was contacted and arrested for possession of methamphetamine.
March 23, 10:30 p.m.
A West Capitol Avenue mobile home was found burglarized. The man who lived there said the $2,200 loss included about $2,000 in prescription medicines, as well as a blood pressure machine and a TV.
EDITOR’S NOTE: We are in contact with police officials regarding the problem of inappropriate removal of information from documents in the department’s press book.
Although incident locations were deleted from reports concerning several thefts of catalytic converters in Southport, we have found mention of some of these, in addition to those named above in the log (Fillmore Place and Union Square Road).
These other locations include Monterey Court, Peppertree Road, Princeton Road and Coffeeberry Road.
It’s our understanding that thieves of catalytic converters like to go to work at night, on cars with good ground clearance (like SUVs and some pickups, especially Toyotas). And they like to work where they won’t be seen.
So you may wish to park those “target” cars in the garage if you can, or outside somewhere you can keep an eye on the side of the car that has the exhaust system.
Damage from these thefts ranges from the hundreds to the low thousands of dollars. It’s especially expensive if the thieves saw through the exhaust pipes to grab the catalytic converter. If you’re luckier, they’ll just unbolt the converter.
The devices are often stolen for the value of rare metals inside.
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