The News-Ledger’s ‘Police Log’
The ‘Police Log appears weekly in the News-Ledger. Here’s a sample, from the News-Ledger, Sept. 28, 2011.
Information for this ‘Police Log’ has come directly from original police reports and documents It’s just a sampling of the reports, calls for service and arrests made by the West Sacramento Police Department during the past week. The information includes citizen complaints and other statements that have not substantiated or verified by an investigation or a courtroom.
Sept. 21, 5:40 a.m.
An Almond Street man said that a coyote lives in the field behind his house. But last night, he heard a single gunshot – after which, the coyote stopped howling and barking. He feared someone had shot it, and “was just concerned about someone shooting a gun.” He did not phone earlier because he had been unable.
Sept. 21, 6:30 a.m.
250 feet of copper wire valued at $2,000 were stolen from a bus on the 1200-block of South River Road.
Sept. 21, 1:40 a.m.
A witness said there was a naked man near some trees in a parking lot at a motel on the 1200-block of West Capitol.
Sept. 21, 3:16 a.m.
A man reported that he had been on a bicycle near South River Road and 15th Street when a vehicle pulled up behind him, and someone threw a beer bottle at his face and then ran over his bike. He wasn’t injured. The suspect vehicle was a white Acura.
An Essex Avenue resident reported that the residents of a next-door home had been evicted and the home was condemned. But people were “squatting” in the house, and were stealing electrical power from the caller’s property.
Sept. 21, 6:53 p.m.
An “uncooperative” shoplifting suspect was in custody at a West Capitol Avenue supermarket, after trying to run with $70 worth of food items. He had no ID.
Sept. 9:05 p.m.
A carjacking was reported at Evergreen and Sycamore avenues. An unknown man with a handgun approached the victims’ vehicle, held the driver at gunpoint, and took the car, leaving the scene with two other suspects.
Sept. 22, 7:37 a.m.
An estranged father broke into a north-area house, taking the family Chihuahua and leaving on foot.
Sept. 22, 8:06 a.m.
A woman told a dispatcher that she had been jogging the prior Friday at about 10 a.m. near Southport Parkway and Ramco Street, when a man came up from behind and stole her Blackberry “smart phone” and headphones from her hands, and ran off. She had filed a report online with Sacramento police earlier, and they had just contacted her and referred her to West Sacramento police.
Sept. 22, 10 a.m.
Copper wiring was reportedly stolen from a business complex on South River Road.
Sept. 22, 12 p.m.
A vandalism victim told police there was surveillance video of a neighbor woman “popping the tire” of the victim’s vehicle on F Street.
Sept. 22, 12:47 p.m.
A Riverpoint Court store reported that a woman was trying to pick up merchandise ordered online, and the woman was using a fake ID. The items were worth about $1,000.
Sept. 22, 12:52 p.m.
A caller said there was a registered child molester living on San Carlos Street, too close to area schools.
Sept. 22, 2:38 p.m.
A theft was reported next to a fast food restaurant on Harbor Boulevard. A male suspect took an elderly woman’s purse from the trunk lid of a parked car, and fled on foot towards West Capitol.
Sept. 22, 3:04 p.m.
A Sacramento hospital reported a claim from a woman that she had been raped “a few weeks ago” by three men at a West Sacramento convalescent facility.
Sept. 22, 4:36 p.m.
A caller told police he or she was now following a suspect on West Capitol, after seeing the suspect steal a shopping cart from a nearby store.
Sept. 22, 6:49 a.m.
An officer saw a “realistic looking” pellet gun in the road at 5th and C, and “due to its appearance and close location to several school stops, the item was collected for destruction.”
Sept. 23, 6:11 a.m.
A Seaport Boulevard food distribution company reported that eight batteries had been stolen from the truck fleet. They were valued at about $1,000.
Sept. 23, 7:27 a.m.
A caller said there was a woman sitting at the corner of Clarendon Street and Meadow Road, with a sign advertising tutoring services. The caller asked that “she be checked out.”
Sept. 23, 8:10 a.m.
A Redwood Avenue resident said there was a brown sports car with front-end damage parked nearby. A neighbor had said that the driver parked the car an hour earlier and ran off into a nearby field.
Sept. 23, 8:56 a.m.
An auto parts store on Harbor Boulevard said there was a man of about 24 years old who appeared disoriented and was “wandering through” and “not stealing items, but taking items and putting them in his pockets, then putting the items back on the shelf.” The man apparently didn’t know his name or where he was.
Sept. 23, 11:25 a.m.
Somebody “threw paint” on a blue Saturn parked on Reuter Drive.
Sept. 23, 1:28 p.m.
A Honda Accord hit a fence and tree at a Harbor Boulevard car wash, also breaking a water line. The caller had shut off water at the site.
Sept. 23, 2:29 p.m.
A silver Honda Insight and another car were involved in a collision at a stop sign in a Riverpoint Court business area. The Insight’s driver refused to provide information or move her car until police arrived.
Sept. 23, 4:11 p.m.
A bicyclist reported that somebody in a green Subaru had thrown a Coke bottle at him, in an incident near the I Street Bridge.
Sept. 23, 4:39 p.m.
A citizen reported that a possibly-known suspect had written profanities on a parked car, using marking pens. The car had been parked at Todhunter Avenue apartments.
Sept. 23, 5:34 p.m.
A witness said a black Mustang and dark blue Mitsubishi had been racing near Linden and Jefferson “over 70 miles per hour.”
Sept. 24, 8:39 a.m.
A merchant at 1300 West Capitol said a female transient was harassing customers in the parking lot, and asked that she be “moved along.”
Sept. 24, 8:48 a.m.
An Elder Drive resident said that there was an ongoing problem with an unhitched trailer parked on the street “every day.” The woman checked with code enforcement officers, who said it couldn’t legally be parked there unless it was connected to a vehicle. She had been advised to call police.
Sept. 24, 9:16 a.m.
An unlocked vehicle was found burglarized on Highland Drive. Its registration paperwork was gone. Police collected surveillance camera footage and fingerprints.
Sept. 24, 9:36 a.m.
A restaurant on the 1500-block of West Capitol reported that someone had again cut the lock off a gate to the back of the property. It was unknown if anything had been taken. A similar incident had occurred two days earlier.
Sept. 24, 10:35 a.m.
A witness said there was a “transient sleeping in a clump of bamboo” behind Watercourse Lane, possibly setting up a camp.
Sept. 24, 10:51 a.m.
A home on Essex Avenue was reported burglarized. Gone were a table and small fridge.
Sept. 24, 11:04 a.m.
An Alabama Avenue resident reported someone’s Cadillac SUV was blocking the driveway.
Sept. 24, 11:06 a.m.
A Bridge Place resident said someone else’s unknown gray sedan was parked in the resident’s driveway.
Sept. 24, 12:16 p.m.
Several cars were found burglarized in the morning on Drever Street. Damage and loss wasn’t yet known.
Sept. 24, 2:33 p.m.
A merchant at 5th and C streets reported having asked an intoxicated woman to leave the store. The woman was now “stumbling into traffic and mooning passersby.”
Sept. 24, 5:24 p.m.
A witness said a reckless driver in a Dodge 4X4 had sped through the Southport Town Center Plaza, and then left. The suspect was a man about 40 years old, with a beard and shaved head.
Sept. 24, 10:30 p.m.
A vehicle was found burglarized on Seaport Boulevard. Gone were an iPod music player worth $250 and other items.
Sept. 25, 9:39 a.m.
An Inglewood Drive resident reported that several vehicles on the street had been found burglarized after the night. One was missing a $100 CD player and a $300 iPod.
Sept. 25, 10:25 a.m.
A woman on Greenwood Avenue said someone had “dumped trash into the bed of her truck sometime last week.” But she might have the suspect’s supermarket club membership card.
Sept. 25, 12:18 p.m.
A small sedan and a truck collided on I80 near Harbor, and a person was reported to be trapped in the sedan. Injuries were unknown.
Sept. 25, 8:16 p.m.
A domestic violence incident was reported in the north city.
Sept. 25, 9:58 p.m.
A 2012 VW Jetta was found burglarized in a motel parking lot on Stillwater Road. Missing was an $80 radar detector.
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