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West Sacramento’s ‘Police Log’

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 8, 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. This log comes from the News-Ledger newspaper in West Sacramento. To see ‘Police Log’ every week, take advantage of the subscription offer at bottom.

April 29, 3:58 p.m.
A Walnut Street man called 911. He didn’t have an emergency; he just called “to find out who hung up on him.” The man said he would need an ambulance later to take him to a hospital, but he refused to take the ambulance service’s phone number from the dispatcher. He “said he would call back on 911 for transportation when he wanted to go.”

April 29, 7:30 p.m.
A man reported he had just been shot in the back of the leg by a BB gun. He suspected the shot came from a third-floor apartment nearby on F Street, since he had turned in the residents there for smoking drugs. He is now “concerned it is retaliation.”

April 30, 1 p.m.
An officer responded to the scene of a burglary on Maple Street. A man with a backpack and bike was seen going into a shed and exiting with a “weed eater” and other lawn equipment. He was caught on the homeowner’s video. The officer contacted the 32-year old suspect nearby and arrested him for an outstanding warrant as well as possession of brass knuckles. After being shown the video and read his Miranda rights, the suspect admitted the theft. He went to jail.

April 30, 9 p.m.
Police trying to locate a missing person contacted a 24-year old Clear Lake man on the 1000-block of West Capitol Avenue. The man and the missing person were believed to have arrived at the scene in a Ford Excursion. From that SUV came the strong smell of marijuana. An officer found inside it a total of 78.6 grams of marijuana along with “multiple” prescription pill bottles in the Clear Lake man’s name. In a search while being arrested, the man was also found with $858 in cash. He opted not to make a statement after being read his rights, and was jailed.
April 30
An $800 stove and $250 in electrical wire were reported stolen from a residence on the 3200-block of West Capitol Avenue.

April 30
An Evergreen Avenue company reported that it had terminated a 25-year old Placerville man. But the employee didn’t stop working after being fired: he used a company catalog to continue collecting sales money for T-shirt orders.

April 30, 6:14 a.m.
A car parked on Hardy Drive was found burglarized, and a purse stolen from inside. The door lock had been “punched” and the car was found with the door “wide open.”

April 30, 2:08 p.m.
A citizen called 911 from the 1300-block of West Capitol. The citizen reported that his or her car door “accidentally hit another car due to the wind, (and) the owner of the other car is upset and (the citizen) is afraid.”

May 3, 6:45 a.m.
A firm on Embarcadero Way notified police that it would be laying off 60 employees later in the day. The notification was “in case of problems” when the workers learned their fate.

May 3, 6:49 a.m.
Someone broke into the water vending machine outside a market on the 3100-block of Jefferson Blvd. in Southport, causing damage of at least $1,000.

May 3, 7:26 a.m.
A Water Street resident reported “an ongoing problem with a neighbor moving (the resident’s) garbage cans up on the sidewalk so they can park in front of the neighbor’s house, and the garbage is not picked up.”

May 3, 8:30 a.m.
A restaurant owner or worker arrived at the Merkley Avenue property to find the “back door busted open.” The citizen hadn’t yet gone inside.

May 3, 10:55 a.m.
A self-storage unit on Evergreen Avenue was found burglarized.

May 3, 10:57 a.m.
A citizen on Walnut Street reported “someone has a rifle with as scope and they are pointing it up a tree.”

May 3, 12:08 p.m.
A city-owned Ford Focus wagon parked in the city hall parking lot was found burglarized.

May 3, 1:56 p.m.
A caller reported that two people in sleeping bags had been camped out by the book drop at the local library since at least 10 a.m., and “there is a horrible smell of urine.”

May 3, 6:57 p.m.
A caller from a liquor store in Southport reported that he “won money on a lottery ticket, and the clerk ripped up the ticket and said he is not a winner.” The caller had a receipt for the ticket, and said he will wait on site for an officer.

May 4, 3:37 a.m.
A resident near Linden Road and Redwood reported some people in an older pickup truck were “speeding and doing donuts” in the neighborhood, as well as running stop signs. The same truck had been speeding nearby earlier as well.

May 4, 7:15 a.m.
A caller from Chinook Road reported that a silver VW Golf or Jetta had hit a tree in front of the house at about 6 a.m.. The caller had located the suspect vehicle in the neighborhood.

May 4, 6:12 p.m.
A ’66 Ford pickup parked on Norfolk Avenue was found vandalized. The “exterior is keyed, upholstery ripped up.”

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A caller from a gas station on the 1700-block of West Capitol said four subjects “just tried to rob” him or her.

May 4, 1:04 p.m.
A flower bed at city hall was reported to be on fire.

May 4, 1:30 p.m.
A caller from the 1000-block of West Capitol reported that he and his brother had just been in an argument, and the brother-in-law hit him with the dull side of a hatchet.

May 4, 8:24 p.m.
A loss prevention officer at a Southport supermarket watched as a 35-year old man took a water filter from a shelf, went to another aisle and concealed it on his person before exiting the store.
“He then made contact with the subject as he was exiting the store, and identified himself as store security. (The employee) stated that at this time, the subject pulled the concealed merchandise off his person and threw it at him and stated, ‘I’m sorry.’”
The employee began to place the man under citizen’s arrest, but the subject became “combative” and was handcuffed. The employee emptied the suspect’s pockets, finding a baggie of a white crystal substance that later tested positive as methamphetamine. Police picked up the suspect.

May 4, 9:22 p.m.
A Rivermont Street reported an apparently sick raccoon was in the back yard, “moving funny.”

May 4, 4:30 a.m.
A 48-year old homeless man was arrested for setting “several small grass fires” in a 3rd Street field.

May 4, 3:36 p.m.
A 36-year old Sacramento man got into an altercation with a Yolobus driver. He was arrested for public intoxication.

May 5, 12:58 a.m.
A woman on Sullivan Court reported an “unknown pit bull” was in her backyard. She was “unsure about leaving her own residence,” and the dog was “looking aggressive.”

May 5, 2:17 a.m.
An Inglewood Drive resident returned home about 30 minutes earlier to find the back door “wide open” and the house “ransacked.” Missing were jewelry, a safe and other items.

May 5, 4:28 a.m.
At a motel on the 900-block of West Capitol, two subjects were reported to be knocking on doors “trying to get (people) to buy stolen goods.”

May 5, 12:22 p.m.
A bullet hole was found in the window of a vehicle parked on Kegle Drive. The owner reported having heard a gunshot at about 2 a.m.

May 5, 12:30 p.m.
A resident of Jefferson Blvd. in Southport reported that two teens on bike, dressed all in black, had just hit the home’s door with eggs.

May 5, 1:28 p.m.
A car parked on Presidio Road was found damaged after someone apparently tried to steal gas from it.

May 5, 3:25 p.m.
A grass fire was reported behind a Harmon Road house.

May 5, 4:05 p.m.
A man on Short Street said a neighbor had installed security cameras, and some of them were pointing at the man’s house. The neighbor refused to turn the cameras.

May 5, 6:21 p.m.
A disabled woman at a fast food restaurant on the 1000-block of West Capitol set her purse down briefly, and someone took the wallet from it. The business’s video showed a 28-year old Douglas Drive woman taking the wallet. Police found her nearby, in possession of the wallet. She was arrested.

May 5, 4:20 p.m.
A loss prevention officer at an Ikea Drive store saw a 39-year old man put some merchandise into his backpack and exit the store. He fled from the approaching store employee but the employee caught up to him. The suspect then swung his bicycle at the employee’s head – and the worker blocked it with his arm and shoulder.
The suspect then fled on bike, and led responding police on a short pursuit before being caught and arrested. After being read his Miranda rights, he admitted to the theft and assault.

May 5, 10:28 p.m.
A police officer responded to a residence on the 1800-block of West Capitol Avenue for a “civil issue.” A man known to the officer answered the door, with a “suspicious white powdery substance on his right nostril and the area below his lip and nostril.”
Also in the room was a known 34-year old woman, sitting on the bed.
Looking in the doorway, the officer reported seeing plastic bags tied with knots – similar to bags commonly used for narcotics – and a glass pipe that was charred and a bag with a tar-like substance that later tested positive as heroin.
The man was arrested on warrants. After tests confirmed the presence of drugs, the woman was later re-located and arrested as well.

 

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‘Police Log’ for West Sacramento

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 10, 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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April 3, 12:06 a.m.
A domestic violence incident was reported in central West Sacramento.

April 3, 5:59 a.m.
A Riverpoint Court store said someone parked an older Jeep in the complex’s fire lane all night. When asked to move the vehicle, a woman in it “walked away from the vehicle and hasn’t returned.” A records check showed that the Jeep’s license plate belonged to a Honda somewhere.

April 3, 7:33 a.m.
Possible wire theft at 5th and West Capitol: a person was seen “up on the power pole.”

April 3, 10:30 a.m.
A Lexus went into a fire hydrant at Harbor and Industrial. Water was now gushing from the hydrant. A man and some kids were seen walking away from the accident.

April 3, 12:27 p.m.
A witness said an apparently-intoxicated woman of about 50 years old was walking through traffic on Merkley Avenue. The caller “almost hit her, but stopped in time and the woman ‘flipped off’ the (caller).”

April 3, 1:37 p.m.
A caller from Riverside Blvd. in Sacramento reported being able to see a couple of male subjects across the river in West Sacramento, shooting rifles (possibly .22s) near 4200 South River Road.

April 3, 1:54 p.m.
A Bryte Avenue resident returned home to find the place burglarized. Gone were two bikes, some jewelry, a tablet computer, and a game system, valued at around $3,000.

April 3, 4 p.m.
On the 3000-block of West Capitol: “copper lines cut to AC units on the roofs of several businesses.”

April 3, 4:03 p.m.
On Jefferson Blvd. north of Lake Washington Blvd., a witness reported a man in his 20s wearing a “black trench coat buttoned up all the way and walking in the middle of the road.”

April 3, 5:02 p.m.
From Tyler Way: “bat was stepped on by (caller); still alive and contained for pickup.”

April 3, 7 p.m.
Several men were arrested for possession of methamphetamine after a traffic stop near West Capitol and Harbor.

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Possible illegal gambling was reported at an “internet café” on Sacramento Avenue.

April 3, 9:55 p.m.
A police officer saw three males in a car, going about 43 m.p.h. in a 35-m.p.h. zone, with no right rear brake light, near West Capitol and Westacre. A traffic stop was conducted. The driver had a suspended license and the front passenger was on searchable probation. The driver consented to a search of the car, and the officer found a baggie with a crystal substance under the middle of the rear passenger seat, “accessible by all” the occupants.
After being shown the baggie (which later tested positive for methamphetamine), all three denied owning it.
The subjects (two from Sacramento and one from Antelope, ranging in age from 23-37), were arrested “after a felony blood sample was obtained.”

April 3, 6 p.m.
An officer took a report about an incident involving two men on Fremont Blvd. that went something like this:
During an argument about a scooter, the suspect held a crowbar “in a threatening manner” and said, “This can go two ways. Pay me $500 or one shot, one kill.” He then grabbed the keys to the victim’s Jeep Cherokee and demanded, “Either get in the car or I will bash your face in.” In fear, the victim got into the vehicle as the suspect drove them about a mile. The suspect demanded $500 and a new scooter before he would “think about giving the Jeep back.”
The suspect was drafting a written “agreement” about the deal when interrupted by police. The 25-year old suspect went to jail.

April 4, 12:09 a.m.
Someone was seen “messing with the electrical box in the parking lot with a crowbar” outside a pub on the 2200-block of Lake Washington Blvd.

April 4, 12:52 a.m.
A Dodge Charger was repossessed in Southport.

April 4, 7:08 a.m.
A Pine Street man told a dispatcher he was “sitting outside his house having a cigarette and the neighbors were telling him he was in violation of a restraining order.” The neighbors had a restraining order in place, he said, but they “keep coming by and harassing him as he sits on his porch.”

April 4, 8:14 a.m.
A city truck and a Mazda collided near Riverside Parkway and Stillwater Road. No injuries.

April 4, 8:35 a.m.
A silver Toyota Rav 4 and a Ford sedan collided on Jefferson near Higgins. No injuries.

April 4, 11:38 a.m.
A Dodge pickup rear-ended a tow truck at West Capitol and Walnut: “vehicles stuck together.”

April 4, 1:54 p.m.
A car burglary was discovered in the city hall parking lot on West Capitol.

April 4, 3:20 p.m.
A man returned home to Mikon Street and found his house had been burglarized.

April 4, 3:44 p.m.
A witness said someone in a black SUV with a custom license plate “threw a water bottle at a homeless subject while driving by” in the Harbor Blvd./Rice Avenue area.

April 4, 4:04 p.m.
A woman reported having left her debit card in a Riverside Parkway store the day before. “By the time she had discovered this a short time later, there had been multiple charges on her account.”

April 4, 5:04 p.m.
Suisun Bay Road: a snake about three to four feet long was found in a house, and the resident “thinks it might be a rattlesnake.” The snake “just went into the washing machine.” A request was made to summon Yolo County’s animal services.

April 4, 5:36 p.m.
Law enforcement officers from W.S.P.D. or another agency reported they would be at a Renee Court address, in uniform in unmarked cars, for a “walk and talk for firearm compliance.”

April 4, 6:21 p.m.
A woman called police on behalf of an elderly woman who lived on Davis Road. Someone had dumped mattresses and other garbage on the victim’s property today.

April 4, 7:15 p.m.
Someone broke into a parked yellow Winnebago on Hart Avenue, taking a girl’s bike, alcoholic beverages and other items.

April 4, 7:18 p.m.
Two stray Labrador dogs were reported to be running in traffic at Enterprise and Seaport boulevards. A sergeant was contacted to request Yolo’s animal services officers.

April 4, 11:43 p.m.
A woman said her boyfriend’s car had been left at Water Street and Lisbon Avenue when he was arrested. The car was partly in the street, but the keys evidently went with him to the jail.

April 4, 3 p.m.
On the 1030-block of West Capitol: three or four people were reported to have been in a physical fight, and one had brandished a stun gun or Taser.

April 4, 11:30 a.m.
Booked into the police department from a vacant lot at 2nd and C streets: a tent, sleeping bag, blankets, books and rotten food. No owner ID.

April 4, 2:35 p.m.
An officer was headed westbound on West Capitol Avenue near Westacre when he saw a 44-year old homeless woman “expose her right breast while in public.” Upon contact, the woman exhibited slurred speech and signs of intoxication. She was arrested.

April 5, 3 p.m.
A store at Town Center Plaza in Southport reported someone had stolen some vacuum cleaners.

April 6, 4:20 a.m.
A 25-year old Sacramento woman was arrested for shoplifting at a Riverpoint Court store.

April 6, 4 p.m.
A 27-year old homeless man was reported to have stolen some items from a vacant house on Elliot Street. There was a restraining order in place, said the victim.

April 6, 7:20 a.m.
A car was found burglarized on Anna Street.

April 6, 4:30 p.m.
A woman on Michigan Blvd. reported that a shed on the property had been burglarized. Gone were a trophy and some tools.

April 6, 4:34 p.m.
A caller reported a “fully nude” woman outside an apartment complex on Douglas Street. A police officer contacted the 25-year old Lighthouse Drive resident. The naked woman showed signs of being under the influence of a central nervous system stimulant, the officer reported, and she admitted having used methamphetamine.
She went to jail.

 

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‘Police Log’ for West Sacramento

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 13, 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. This feature is printed virtually every week in the News-Ledger newspaper, and we occasionally make it available online here. To see it every week, look to the bottom for a special subscription offer.

March 8, 5:35 p.m.
A woman returned to her car parked on the 1200-block of Harbor Boulevard to find a passenger-side window broken. Gone from inside were a cello, a clarinet, and a “1937 wooden bassoon,” all worth about $3300.

March 7, 6:20 a.m.
A witness reported there was a man “stumbling along Fernwood, walking into yards (and he) appeared to be weaving.”

March 7, 7:17 a.m.
A businessperson at a hotel on the 800-block of West Capitol reported someone came into the office while staff was in the other room, and stole from the change drawer.

March 7, 7:17 a.m.
A flat-screen TV was removed from a motel room on the 1900-block of West Capitol. The motel had information on a suspect.

March 7, 9:15 a.m.
Someone stole a “fish finder” device worth about $300 from a boat parked on a trailer on Merced Way.

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A resident of Aleutian Island Street “just arrived home to find the house ransacked.” Gone were a laptop, jewelry and other items.

March 7, 11:21 a.m.
A Seaport Blvd. business reported catching an employee trying to steal food items the night before.

March 7, 12:32 p.m.
A man in Southport reported his “ex-girlfriend posed as him on Facebook in an attempt to gain information about him from friends and family.”

March 7, 1:29 p.m.
At a barber shop on Sacramento Avenue: two 20-something men “just got haircuts and ran out without paying.” They were now in a car in the parking lot.

March 7, 1:44 p.m.
A Roma Court address was reported to have been burglarized about one hour earlier. Missing were two laptop computers, video games, jewelry, an electric guitar and other items valued at over $10,000.

March 7, 2:34 p.m.
A Manzanita Way church reported someone had left graffiti there a week earlier.

March 7, 4:24 p.m.
A woman reported she had left a purse on a counter at the library on Merkley Avenue, then returned to find it gone, along with the wallet, ID and credit cards it contained.

March 7, 5:27 p.m.
A house was reported burglarized on Diane Drive.

March 7, 10:05 p.m.
A Town Center Plaza store reported that a known shoplifter “dumped merchandise while attempting to leave through the fire door.” The man left in a waiting van. The store said it had an open case against the fellow already.

March 8, 11:17 a.m.
A woman asked to speak to an officer in the police lobby, reporting she “knows who has been setting fires” in the area of Jefferson Blvd. and South River Road.

March 8, 1:34 p.m.
A caller from Walnut Street said a female had “attempted to cut (the caller’s) brother with a hacksaw.”

March 8, 2:40 p.m.
A Solano Street home was found burglarized. The back door had been pried open, and jewelry and other items were taken.

March 8, 4:33 p.m.
A car parked at a Harbor Boulevard restaurant was found burglarized. Missing were a laptop and other electronics.

March 8, 5:11 p.m.
A clinic on Industrial Boulevard reported that a patient was threatening to harm himself and said he “had no reason to live.”

March 8, 10:30 p.m.
A woman called from Sacramento Avenue to report that a male suspect just punched her boyfriend in the face and made off with her bicycle from in front of a market.

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A caller from Jefferson in Southport reported “hearing what sounds like an alarm or some kind of beeping in the area,” adding that “when an officer gets in the area he’ll be able to hear it.”

March 9, 3:10 a.m.
A woman at a motel on Halyard Drive called police about “a male who is peeking in from her balcony.”

March 9, 4:29 p.m.
A Riverpoint Court store said a female suspect just stole some shoes and shirts, and fled in a car.

March 9, 12:36 p.m.
A citizen on Walnut Street reported hearing a man threaten to shoot a neighbor, and reported seeing him with gun in his hand.

March 9, 12:48 p.m.
A Yolo Street woman said she was “tired of neighbors putting trash on her sidewalk and lawn.” She asked for an officer to contact her. She couldn’t remember her phone number.

March 9, 3:48 p.m.
A witness said four homeless people were camping near the railroad tracks at the entrance to the barge canal.

March 9, 7:27 p.m.
A citizen provided a tip, saying that a large party with a bonfire was being planned that night for public property in the “Honda Hills” area at Jefferson and South River Road.

March 9, 9:41 p.m.
A caller from in front of a Poplar Avenue liquor store reported that “some kids” had just stolen the caller’s bike.

March 9, 10:07 p.m.
A house on Cummins Way was found burglarized, with the “POE” (point of entry) at the rear patio door. Two shotguns (unloaded) were stolen.

March 9, 10:07 p.m.
A Coyote Road resident returned home to find the “house is completely trashed.” Missing were two laptops, jewelry and possibly more items.

March 9, 10:11 p.m.
A resident of Union Square Road reported two suspicious males had just come to the door, wearing dark clothing and hoodies. The resident “thinks they are going door to door seeing who is home, (and) is not sure of their intentions, but feels they are up to no good.”

March 10, 1:08 a.m.
A Meadowlark Circle resident reported there was a loud party going on in the complex behind the home, and someone had just tossed a vodka bottle over the fence, where it shattered.

March 10, 5:19 a.m.
A Sacramento Avenue resident reported an incident that occurred 45-60 minutes earlier: “a group of subjects pulled up to the residence and threw full cans of beer at the windows, trying to shatter them.”

March10, 9:15 a.m.
A vehicle was found damaged on Canvasback Way. It looked like someone had tried to siphon fuel from it.

March 10, 10:36 a.m.
From Douglas Street: “a neighbor saw a juvenile walk over and throw a pump through the window of this house.”

March 10, 11:23 a.m.
Someone stole clothes and tools from a Glide Avenue home. Shortly afterward, the residence reported that a dog had also been stolen from a shed. There was a suspect.

March 10, 12:45 p.m.
There was an “ill possum” in the front yard of a home on the 4300-block of South River Road.

March 10, 12:54 p.m.
Two males about 18 years old were reported to be “racing around the residential streets” near Marshall Road and Golden Gate Drive, in a white convertible Mazda Miata.

March 10, 2:52 p.m.
A caller reported that a van had been parked in a handicapped spot at Raley Field for about an hour, with a dog inside. “The windows were a little down but the dog appeared to be in distress.”

March 10, 4:57 p.m.
A resident of Sandypoint Court reported discovering that the home’s air conditioning unit, valued at about $4,000, had been stolen.

March 10, 5:20 p.m.
A Deerwood Street resident called dispatchers with questions about “Yolo County’s rules for growing marijuana.”

March 10, 5:44 p.m.
A caller from an auto shop on F Street reported that shop, and the one next to it, were filled with smoke from an unknown source.

March 10, 6:32 p.m.
Tahoe Court: “vehicle into house, driver appears injured.”

March 10, 6:43 p.m.
A resident of California Street reported that two dogs from the same address, with a history of aggression, were loose. One was a German shepherd and the other a “medium-sized” dog. They were “both barking at citizens and chasing others on bicycles.”

March 10, 12:29 a.m.
An officer reported seeing a car “recklessly exit the freeway, squealing tires.”
“I tried to follow (the) vehicle and it drove at a high rate of speed through a residential area” before stopping at a 13th Street house,” he wrote. “Suspect looked at me and fled.”
The officer detained the man, a 33-year old who lived at the home. The suspect appeared drunk but refused a field sobriety test. He was arrested.

March 11, 1:34 a.m.
An officer pulled over a car near Sunset Avenue and Lisbon Street for a headlight violation. The 47-year old driver “gave a false name and finally provided officers with his real name and stated he had a warrant.”
The man was confirmed to have an arrest warrant, and went to jail.

March 11, 1 a.m.
Residents of a Glide Avenue mobilehome reported there was a man trying to break in. Police contacted a drunk 29-year old transient outside the unit. There was a broken side-view mirror from the victims’ car on the ground next to him. The victims reported that the guy had kicked and damaged their door, then opened a window and reached in and pulled the drapes down. When police sirens drew close, the man stepped away from the trailer.
The suspect was on parole, and went to jail.

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UPDATE: Feb. 27 crime sweep

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

The West Sacramento Police Department just announced an operation this morning in which about a dozen warrants were served — all but one of them in West Sacramento — after an investigation into a string of vehicle and residential burglaries in town.

Lt. David Delaini of the West Sacramento Police Department talks about a sweep done in response to a local wave in car and home burglaries (News-Ledger photo)

Lt. David Delaini of the West Sacramento Police Department talks about a sweep done in response to a local wave in car and home burglaries (News-Ledger photo)

Lieutenant David Delaini of the West Sacramento Police Department said about $20,000 in illegal drugs — including methamphetamine and marijuana — were seized, along with cash, an assault rifle and other guns.

“Any time we take guns off the street and drugs off the street, that’s a victory for us,” Delaini told a press conference at about noon today. “You can see the weapons with lights (mounted) on them and you seem some stabbing weapons,” he said, referring to a table of seized items spread out for the press.

A department press release described the operation:

“The California Department of Justice, Yolo Narcotic Enforcement Team (YONET) and The West Sacramento Police Department conducted a collaborative investigation into a burglary ring, stemming from over 80 residential burglaries and 51 vehicle burglaries from December 2012 to present.   These burglaries extended throughout the city and outlying regions.  One state arrest warrant and 12 state search warrants were executed today in an attempt to recover stolen property.”

“The investigation has resulted in 13 arrests, three assault rifles, four handguns, (several of which had been stolen), an active honey oil lab (used to create marijuana extract) , five pounds of marijuana, a quarter pound methamphetamine, ammunition, and body armor.  Additionally, three locations contained children who were removed by CPS due to their access and proximity to the firearms and drugs.  Everyone arrested will be booked into the Yolo County Jail and juvenile hall.”

“The operation in West Sacramento was named ‘Operation Red Bandits’ because the members of this burglary ring have been identified as active members of the Norteno criminal street gang,” said police.

[adrotate group=”9″]  The operation aimed for young perpetrators responsible for robberies, home burglaries, carjackings, and shootings in and around the Sacramento region.

“These gang members and associates have supported their gang life style through illegal sales of methamphetamine and marijuana, as well as stolen property,” said the police press release. “These street level gang members have been identified and range in age from 16-20 years old.”

Those arrested face charges including possession of narcotics, narcotics sales and distribution, conspiracy, property crimes (burglaries, possession of stolen property), and violent crimes against persons (such as robberies, carjackings, and firearms charges.

Guns seized in the West Sacramento-based operation -- some were stolen and at least one was an illegal assault weapon, according to WSPD. (News-Ledger photo)

Guns seized in the West Sacramento-based operation — some were stolen and at least one was an illegal assault weapon, according to WSPD. (News-Ledger photo)

Wrist-mounted slashing weapon with three blades, seized in the raids (News-Ledger photo)

Wrist-mounted slashing weapon with three blades, seized in the raids (News-Ledger photo)

Bags of marijuana, and seized cash (News-Ledger photo)

Bags of marijuana, and seized cash (News-Ledger photo)

 

 

Assistance in the operation came from the CHP, Department of Justice Task Forces (Placer SIU, MAVMIT), Davis Police Department SWAT, FBI SAFE Streets Task Force, Woodland Police Department SWAT, Yolo County Sheriff’s Department SWAT, Yolo County District Attorney’s Office and the Yolo County Gang Task Force, said local police.

West Sacramento Police Department’s Lt. DeAnna Stevens provided the News-Ledger with a list of the West Sacramento locations raided on Wednesday:
540 Arthur Dr.; 614 Andrew St.; 829 Elm St.; 300 4th St.; 430 Maple St. #120; 510 Maple St. #1; 2120 Evergreen Ave. #A; 1809 Proctor Ave.; 2131 Hickory St.; 1020 Haverhill St.; and 1705 Westwood Circle.

Also on the list was an Elk Grove address.

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13 arrests in gang crime sweep

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — FEB 27, 2013 —

Lt. David Delaini of the West Sacramento Police Department talks about a sweep done in response to a local wave in car and home burglaries (News-Ledger photo)

Lt. David Delaini of the West Sacramento Police Department talks about a sweep done in response to a local wave in car and home burglaries (News-Ledger photo)

The West Sacramento Police Department just announced an operation this morning in which about a dozen warrants were served — all but one of them in West Sacramento — after an investigation into a string of vehicle and residential burglaries in town.

Lt. David Delaini of the West Sacramento Police Department said about $20,000 in illegal drugs — including methamphetamine and marijuana — were seized, along with cash, an assault rifle and other guns.

“Any time we take guns off the street and drugs off the street, that’s a victory for us,” Delaini told a press conference at about noon today. “You can see the weapons with lights (mounted) on them and you seem some stabbing weapons,” he said, referring to a table of seized items spread out for the press.

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Following is a copy of a press release about this operation from the West Sacramento Police Department:

“The California Department of Justice, Yolo Narcotic Enforcement Team (YONET) and The West Sacramento Police Department conducted a collaborative investigation into a burglary ring, stemming from over 80 residential burglaries and 51 vehicle burglaries from December 2012 to present.   These burglaries extended throughout the city and outlying regions.  One state arrest warrant and 12 state search warrants were executed today in an attempt to recover stolen property.  The investigation has resulted in 13 arrests, three assault rifles, four handguns, (several of which were recovered stolen), an active honey oil lab, five pounds of marijuana,1/4 pound methamphetamine, ammunition, and body armor.  Additionally, three locations contained children who were removed by CPS due to their access and proximity to the firearms and drugs.  Everyone arrested will be booked into the Yolo County Jail and juvenile hall.

Guns seized in the West Sacramento-based operation -- some were stolen and at least one was an illegal assault weapon, according to WSPD. (News-Ledger photo)

Guns seized in the West Sacramento-based operation — some were stolen and at least one was an illegal assault weapon, according to WSPD. (News-Ledger photo)

“The operation in West Sacramento was named ‘Operation Red Bandits’ because the members of this burglary ring have been identified as active members of the Norteno criminal street gang.

“‘Operation Red Bandits’ targeted young, street level members who have been committing violent crimes including robberies, home burglaries, car jackings, brandishing firearms and shootings in and around the Sacramento region.  Many of the members identified have prior arrests for firearm related charges.  These gang members and associates have supported their gang life style through illegal sales of methamphetamine and marijuana, as well as stolen property.  These street level gang members have been identified and range in age from 16-20 years old.

“Those arrested face multiple felony charges related to possession of narcotics, narcotics sales and distribution, conspiracy, property crimes (burglaries, possession of stolen property), and violent crimes against persons (ie robberies, carjackings, brandishing and firearms).  Today’s operation will cripple these criminal street gangs and their criminal enterprise network.

Bags of marijuana, and seized cash (News-Ledger photo)

Bags of marijuana, and seized cash (News-Ledger photo)

“West Sacramento Police Department and YONET were assisted by CHP SWAT and High Risk Warrant Entry Team, Department of Justice Task Forces (Placer SIU, MAVMIT), Davis Police Department SWAT, FBI SAFE Streets Task Force, West Sacramento Police Department SWAT, Woodland Police Department SWAT, Yolo County Sheriff’s Department SWAT, Yolo County District Attorney’s Office and the Yolo County Gang Task Force.”

Wrist-mounted slashing weapon with three blades, seized in the raids (News-Ledger photo)

Wrist-mounted slashing weapon with three blades, seized in the raids (News-Ledger photo)

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Car thief takes the bait

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 20, 2013 —

News-Ledger Staff

The bait this time was a Cadillac Escalade. A thief took the bait in West Sacramento last Tuesday, Feb. 12.

According to police reports and information from West Sacramento Police Department Lieutenant Tod Sockman, local police and the CHP left the specially-equipped Escalade alone at the corner of Westacre Road and Merkley Avenue for some time.

Then they waited to see what happened.

The “bait car’s” sensors tripped on the night of Feb. 12.

At 8:52 p.m., a signal from the car reported it was on the move. Police responded.

“Officers got directly behind the moving vehicle,” said a police report. Then, using a remote control, they “locked the doors and deactivated the engine. A felony vehicle stop was performed by marked police units.”

[adrotate group=”9″]  With officers at the ready, the Escalade’s unauthorized driver was then called out near West Capitol Avenue and Jefferson Boulevard. But the suspected thief made a break for it, “bailing on foot” until pursuing officers took him into custody just south of the vehicle stop.

Into jail for allegedly trying to steal the “bait” car went Jason Daniel Moore, a 29-year old resident of Hobson Avenue.

The News-Ledger asked Lt. Sockman if the “bait cars” were left unlocked or with the keys inside.  He said methods vary from case to case, but the keys weren’t left in this Escalade.

“In general, they have to work for it,” he added.

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Man convicted for growing marijuana on public land, patrolling with gun

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Last month, a Yolo County jury found 57-year-old Fidel Alvarez guilty of “cultivation of marijuana” and “possession for sale of marijuana.”  The jury also convicted Alvarez of being armed during the commission of these crimes.

According to the office of Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig:

Last September, agents from the Yolo County Narcotics Enforcement Team and the Mountain and Valley Marijuana Investigations Team discovered a marijuana grow one third of a mile off Highway 16 in Yolo County on public lands.  The marijuana grow contained over 500 plants that were only a few days away from harvest.  Agents discovered Alvarez walking through the field of plants dressed in camouflage clothing and carrying a .22 caliber rifle with a homemade flash suppressor.

Alvarez admitted to agents that he had been hired by drug dealers in Richmond to come and tend to the marijuana plots.  He stated that he was going to receive a percentage of the profits from the sale of the marijuana.  Experts testified that the plants would produce somewhere between 250 and 500 pounds of marijuana which would have a street value of $250,000 to $500,000, said the D.A.’s office.

“These marijuana grows on public lands are dangerous and the cause of numerous acts of violence across the state,” said prosecutor Michael Vroma, in a press release.  District Attorney Reisig commented on the environmental impact.  “The toll these marijuana grows have on the surrounding environment due to chemicals and fertilizers is immeasurable,” said Reisig in the same release.

Alvarez will be sentenced on February 25 by Judge Timothy L. Fall.  Alvarez faces up to four years in prison.

Editor’s note: the News-Ledger asked the D.A.’s office for a few more details about this case, but the requested information was not provided.

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