For the period of Sunday, July 26 through Saturday, August 1, the Police Department responded to 977 calls for service of which 152 required formal investigations. The following is a summary report of the major incidents handled by the Department during this period.
Sunday, July 26:
Units responded to Westfield Mall around 11:22 a.m. in reference to a commercial burglary that occurred at 9:55 p.m. on July 25. An African-American suspect, 30’s, bald, 6’1”, 210 pounds, entered the Wireless Champs kiosk, pried open storage cabinets and stole 63 cellular telephones.
Between 9:15 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., a residential burglary occurred in the 900 block of West Huntington. Unknown suspect(s) entered the home through an open sliding glass door and stole four laptop computers and an iPod.
Monday, July 27:
At 1:30 p.m., units were dispatched to Wells Fargo Bank located inside the Albertson store, 298 East Live Oak, regarding a fraud in progress. A 56-year-old Hispanic was taken into custody trying to cash fraudulent money orders totaling $1,970.
A service manager from a company came to the station around 2:28 p.m. in file a grand theft report. The company leased an industrial ice machine to the racetrack, and the machine was stolen between 11:00 a.m. on July 16 and 10:00 a.m. on July 20.
Tuesday, July 28:
Around 4:58 p.m., officers responded to 24-Hour Fitness, 125 North First, in reference to an employee detained for theft. The loss prevention manager advised that a patron found an employee/suspect wearing his watch. A 19-year-old male Hispanic was confronted, and he admitted to stealing the watch and cash from the “lost property” drawer and cash from membership accounts. A private person’s arrest was made, and the suspect was taken into custody for commercial burglary, embezzlement, and grand theft.
A traffic stop was initiated at 7:14 a.m. for excessive speed and a 21-year-old male Hispanic was contacted. Record checks revealed that he was driving on a suspended license and he also had two outstanding warrants totaling $50,000. He was taken into custody without incident.
Wednesday, July 29:
Shortly after 10:00 a.m., while on routine patrol, officers saw two men at Terra Verde Park, located at Camino Real and Second. Consensual contacts were made and record checks indicated that a 32-year-old African-American had a $50,000 outstanding felony warrant and 3 outstanding misdemeanor warrants totaling $40,688. The man was arrested at the scene without incident.
A 90-year-old victim came to the station around 2:00 p.m. to file a theft report. While looking over her bank accounts, she discovered about $30,000 missing. Apparently a caretaker had been writing checks to her son and others over an 18 month period. A 65-year-old female Hispanic was arrested for grand theft and elder abuse/theft by caretaker. Further investigation revealed that the suspect may have absconded as much as $86,000.
Thursday, July 30:
Around 1:47 p.m., a male African-American suspect was seen leaving a home in the 1800 block of South Sixth where a burglar alarm was activated. A 29-year-old suspect was detained during a traffic stop, and he was found in possession of a large amount of U.S. currency and Asian coins. The man was arrested for residential burglary and receiving stolen property.
An auto burglary occurred at 24-Hour Fitness, 125 North First, between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Unknown suspect(s) gained entry into the trunk by unknown means and stole two purses.
Friday, July 31:
Loss prevention personnel from H&M detained a man and woman for theft around 2:40 p.m. The suspects concealed merchandise in a shopping bag and then left the store without making payment. Private persons’ arrests were made, and a 20-year-old female Caucasian and a 19-year-old male Hispanic were taken into custody for commercial burglary. Additional stolen items from Cali Fashion were recovered.
Three Honda vehicles were stolen from the Westfield Mall parking lot between 5:50 p.m. and 8:45 p.m.
Saturday, August 1:
Around 2:17 a.m., a traffic stop for a code violation was conducted at Second and Huntington. While the two occupants were looking for their paperwork in the glove compartment, two boxes of shotgun ammunition were seen. Upon closer inspection through the window, officers saw a shotgun in the backseat. The African-American suspects, ages 18 and 20, were arrested for carrying a loaded firearm.
Westfield Mall security personnel detained a male juvenile at the Peacock parking structure around 7:50 p.m. The juvenile was found standing by a Honda vehicle, with its alarm activated. Due to the large number of stolen Honda vehicles from the mall, the juvenile was detained and marijuana was found in his pocket. A private person’s arrest was made, and the 15-year-old African-American was taken into custody for possession of marijuana. He was later cited and released to his mother.