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Suspects nabbed for fuel theft

Suspects' Ford Econoline van, with fuel storage tank inside almost full of liquid (Courtesy of West Sacramento Police Department)

May 13, 2011
News-Ledger web article

  Editor’s note: Regular readers of the News-Ledger’s print edition may remember an article several weeks ago reporting that thieves were brazenly stealing hundreds of gallons of fuel at a time from parked trucks and even from closed gas stations. Sharp-eyed readers may also have noticed one particular item in our “Police Log” page of May 11, 2011, in which police responded to a witness’s report that some people in a van were running a hose to a fuel tank at a business on Cebrian Street.
  A press release from the police department today tells us how that story ended.

Press release from the West Sacramento Police Department, May 13, 2011:

West Sacramento Fuel Theft Investigation Results in Arrests  “On 5/7/2011, West Sacramento PD Officers responded to a possible fuel theft in the 1200 block of Cebrian Street, West Sacramento CA. A witness observed a van with a hose coming from the bottom at the fuel pumps. Responding officers located the vehicle leaving the location and conducted a vehicle stop. The van, a white Ford Econoline van was found to have two fuel containers totaling approximately 497 gallons of diesel and pump inside the van.  Two suspects, J-Uan Parker 18 years old of Sacramento and Raynard Dotes Jr. 19 years old of Sacramento were arrested and booked at the Yolo County Jail on charges of burglary and grand theft. Both have since been release on bail.

“On 5/12/2011, as a result of the ongoing investigation, West Sacramento Police Detectives served a search warrant at a location in the 600 Block of Galveston Street in West Sacramento CA.  The search warrant service resulted in the seizure of approximately 1800 gallons of diesel suspected of being stolen by the suspects.  The approximate total amount of fuel recovered is 2297 gallons with an approximate value of $9,900.  This investigation and arrests are the result of the team effort by the businesses in the area, the West Sacramento Police Department, the West Sacramento Fire Department and members of the fuel transportation industry.  The investigation is ongoing. If anyone has information related to fuel thefts in West Sacramento or this investigation, please contact the West Sacramento Police Department Investigations Division at (916) 617-4900 or email the Crime Tip email address at crimetip@cityofwestsacramento.org.”

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Helicopter, K9 unit called for fleeing parolee

News-Ledger web article
April 22, 2011

This press release is just in from the West Sacramento Police Department:

“On April 21, 2011 at approximately 9:20 pm, the West Sacramento Police Department responded to 700 block of Hardy Dr. for an assault in progress.  As officers were responding the Community Response Team (CRT) was in the area patrolling, unrelated to this event.  CRT officers saw a Hispanic male adult running down the 700 block of Hardy Dr.   CRT officers heard the radio call and recognized the Hispanic male as Israel Mendoza, 26 years who is on active parole.  Mendoza continued to run away as CRT officers began to chase on foot.  Other responding officers quickly arrived and contained Mendoza, who jumped up on a nearby roof top.  It was determined that Mendoza had brandished and threatened his girlfriend with a kitchen knife, prior to fleeing and officer’s arrival. State parole was contacted and a hold was placed on Mendoza.

“A K9 officer from West Sacramento and Sacramento Police Departments were on-scene to assist.  The Sacramento Sheriff Helicopter was also used because of the high location of Mendoza on the roof top.  The West Sacramento Fire Department was also called to assist with a ladder if needed.

“As the Sacramento Sheriff Helicopter voiced K9 announcements, Mendoza jumped from the roof top and surrendered to awaiting officers.  Mendoza was arrested and later booked into the Yolo County Jail for several Felony charges and a state parole hold.”


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NEWS-LEDGER – March 16, 2011

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  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.

  March 9, 3:04 a.m.
A woman at a mobilehome on Sacramento Avenue was reported to have been assaulted by a nephew. When she complained about music being played too loud, he pushed her down and turned it back up again.

March 9, 3:27 a.m.
A man at an apartment on the 2400-block of West Capitol said a neighboring resident was yelling obscenities through the floor at the man’s wife.

March 9, 7:21 a.m.
An employee reported to work at a Stillwater Road business and found it had been burglarized. A list of stolen property was still being compiled, but so far, losses exceeded $15,000.

March 9, 8:09 a.m.
A witness said the gate box at a 7th Street apartment complex was damaged. Wire was ripped out and panel boxes were pulled out, leaving the gate stuck open.

March 9, 3:19 p.m.
An outside law enforcement agency reported it would be conducting an undercover drug buy “sting” behind buildings at the 2300-block of West Capitol Avenue shortly. They requested that local police avoid the location if possible.

  March 9, 3:34 p.m.
A witness reported that a Fort Thunderbird just went into a telephone pole, putting telephone lines down on the road and leaving a front bumper in the street. A man just approached the witness claiming the car had been stolen, but he had chased it and got it back.

March 9, 3:58 p.m.
A woman called from a motel on the 800-block of West Capitol, reporting that her methamphetamine and cocaine had been stolen and she was out $20,000. The woman “was distracted and kept calling for her puppy during the call.”

  March 9, 4:22 p.m.
A supermarket on the 1200-block of West Capitol reported that it had detained a 19-year old woman for shoplifting, and the woman was now suffering a seizure. An ambulance was called.

March 9, 4:34 p.m.
Southport Elementary School reported that a 14-year old boy had been accused of touching or slapping female students in inappropriate areas. Five girls had come forward with accusations.

March 9, 11:25 p.m.
A neighbor complained about noise at a William Street home, where residents had some wood burning in a pit and were chanting in memory of a recently-deceased family member. The caller asked for police to visit and see if the fire department was needed.

  March 10, 12:29 a.m.
A Southport man reported that his 34-year old girlfriend was threatening suicide. The woman had threatened to cut her wrists in the past.

  March 10, 3:28 p.m.
A man flagged down police from outside a motel on the 1900-block of West Capitol Avenue. He said he had engaged in a “transaction” with a woman there, and the woman stole some of his property.

  March 10, 3:55 p.m.
A Spoonbill Road resident came to the police department to report someone had stolen a delivery package from the front porch.

  March 10, 5:16 p.m.
A 51-year old Bay Area man struggled but was now detained for shoplifting at a supermarket on the 1600-block of West Capitol. The man had tried to take vitamins, garlic tablets and grooming trimmers worth about $44. He had also tried to cash a fraudulent check at the store’s bank branch.

  March 10, 5:18 p.m.
A business on 15th Street reported that five males were in a verbal dispute in the parking lot.

  March 10, 11:56 p.m.
A Southport man said his girlfriend had just thrown a chair through the front window of the residence. The woman was now gone.

  March 10, 4:39 a.m.
An officer contacted a woman at 3rd and West Capitol, and identified her. The woman had been yelling for help, and said she did not know who she was, where she was, or where she lived. She asked for a doctor. An ambulance took her (and most of her belongings) to a Sacramento hospital for a mental and physical evaluation, but she had to leave her bike behind.

March 11, 7:39 a.m.
Police confirmed that a 32-year old sex crime registrant had been living at a Palomar Avenue address without reporting it as required. The man had been attending a West Sacramento trade school. He was gone when they checked the house.

March 11, 8:35 a.m.
Police assisted a parole officer in searching for a 31-year old male “parolee at large” at a Madrone Avenue apartment. They found him and booked and jailed him.

March 11, 7:17 a.m.
A witness said there was ongoing danger from cars turning right and Jefferson and Linden and almost hitting pedestrians in the crosswalk. A near-accident had just happened again involving a green Honda. Extra patrols were requested.

March 11, 8:27 a.m.
A witness reported that about six male juveniles in dark clothing had been along the tracks near Jefferson and 15th, videotaping each other making gang signs.

March 11, 9:31 a.m.
  A 1999 Chevy Suburban was repossessed from Todhunter Avenue.

March 11, 10:50 a.m.
A fast-food restaurant on Jefferson Blvd. near Southport Parkway said there was a man of about 60 years old outside “stumbling around the parking lot and falling in front of vehicles.”

March 11, 11:10 a.m.
A 28-year old man from Waterford Drive reported purchasing a bike from what he thought was a famous Internet auction site, and wiring the seller $1,700. But the site turned out to be fake and no bicycle was delivered. Communications with the seller had been by email. The man had information on the suspect from Texas.

March 11, 2:29 p.m.
A witness said there had been a woman with fanny pack looking at houses on Apache Street through binoculars. She met with a man who came from the bushes. She went toward the Southport Town Center and he went toward Muscovy Drive.

March 11, 2:52 p.m.
A convalescent home on Oakmont Way said a client’s bank account was overdrawn because someone had withdrawn $400 from it the prior day.

March 11, 3:42 p.m.
A thief took tools from a Glide Avenue location and left in a Dodge truck – but the caller had detained the suspect’s friend at the scene.

March 11, 4 p.m.
A man reported that someone had entered a locked and repossessed house on Gooseberry Lane sometime after March 4 and stolen a Springfield 9 mm semi-automatic pistol. The victim was a state trooper.

March 11, 5:48 p.m.
A man on Solano Street reported that a neighbor had stolen a cassette.

March 11, 6:01 p.m.
A man reported a burglary on Benton Street. Gone were a snub-nose Smith & Wesson .38 caliber pistol, a black 9 mm semi-automatic handgun and a 46-inch LCD television.

March 11, 5:30 p.m.
A 56-year old clerk working at a market on the 2200-block of West Capitol Avenue sold cigarettes to an underage “decoy” in a tobacco sting operation. The man was arrested and issued a notice to appear in court.

March 11, 10:15 p.m.
An officer saw a 57-year old man in a Chevy fail to stop for a stop sign at Southport Parkway and Oakland Bay Road. The officer conducted a vehicle stop and saw signs of intoxication. The driver failed a field sobriety test and was arrested.

March 11, 11:26 p.m.
  An officer contacted a 41-year old male transient seen jaywalking on the 1900-block of West Capitol. A records check showed he was a wanted “parolee at large,” and the subject was arrested.

  March 12, 8:42 a.m.
A Riverpoint Circle store reported detaining a shoplifter – but two people with the suspect were now at the front door, in a verbal argument with security personnel.

Feb. 27, 2 p.m.
A 20-year old Sacramento woman was arrested for trying to shoplift $48 worth of clothes from a Riverpoint Court retail store.

March 11, 11:26 p.m.
  An officer contacted a 41-year old male transient seen jaywalking on the 1900-block of West Capitol. A records check showed he was a wanted “parolee at large,” and the subject was arrested.

  March 12, 8:42 a.m.
A Riverpoint Circle store reported detaining a shoplifter – but two people with the suspect were now at the front door, in a verbal argument with security personnel.

March 12, 7:51 a.m.
A locked car was found burglarized at an Evergreen Avenue storage center. Gone was a Medicaid check.

March 12, 11:54 a.m.
  An Aylesbury Court home reported the theft of a $5,000 engagement ring and other jewelry. The suspect was the friend of a neighbor. The neighbor had gone to Sacramento to contact the suspect and bring him back.

  March 12, 2:06 p.m.
A Honda Civic and a BMW collided in a parking lot at Town Center Plaza. There were no injuries.

March 12, 3:02 p.m.
A parent on Manchester Street reported that a daughter had stolen a library card, checked out some books, and failed to return them. Now, the library was demanding payment for the books from the parent.

March 12, 5:09 p.m.
  A citizen said there was a man sitting in a Ford van with Georgia plates, in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant on Riverpoint Circle. The man was claiming he was “trying to recruit models for magazines.” He was traveling with an 8-year old.

  March 12, 6:14 p.m.
The rear plate was reported stolen from a “Christmas Basket” truck on Rockrose Road.

March 12, 1:27 a.m.
An officer stopped a Pontiac Grand Am at West Capitol and Garden Street. The 20-year old Sacramento man driving the car then grabbed the officer’s shirt. The officer believed he was under the influence, and smelled marijuana. Marijuana was found in the car and the vehicle was towed after the subject was arrested.

March 12, 4 p.m.
A loss prevention officer at a Riverpoint Court store saw a 36-year old North Highlands woman hide some items in her purse and try to exit. She was detained, arrested, and given a notice to appear in court. She had tried to shoplift some makeup, nail polish, a book and other items worth $87.

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