Police Log: Man demands ransom for missing dog
by TP staff
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A resident reported at 9:02 a.m. Friday that she received a call about her missing dog from a man who wanted ransom money in exchange for the dog’s return on the 100 block of West Clover Road. She told police she had put up fliers for the missing dog and the man said he had a flier and called to get money for the dog. She said he agreed to meet at the dog park at 11:30 a.m. to get the dog back. She called police a short time later and told them the man gave her the dog. No further mention was made regarding a payment.

Tracy police received 1,255 calls for service from April 24 to Wednesday. The following is a sampling of those calls as reported in real time.


12:04 a.m.: A resident reported a man lying on the ground covered in blood near North Central Avenue and West 10th Street. An ambulance was called, but no additional information was provided as to what happened to the man.

8:59 a.m.: Police arrested an 18-year-old man for an outstanding drug warrant at Motel 6, 3810 N. Tracy Blvd.

4:51 p.m.: A resident reported that someone shot out her car windows on the 3400 block of Briar Lane.


4:15 p.m.: A resident reported a home burglary on the 4400 block of Twin Creeks Lane.

5:05 p.m.: A restaurant clerk reported that a customer used a counterfeit $20 bill to pay for food at Tracy Harbor Fish and Chips, 557 W. Clover Road.

9:52 p.m.: A resident reported that her former husband was posting naked pictures of her on a Facebook account he opened on the 4400 block of Oakridge Drive. Police tried to contact the man but were unable to reach him. The woman was provided with information on how to obtain a restraining order.

11:44 p.m.: A resident reported that he was robbed by a gunman while sitting inside his car at the Valero gas station, 2375 N. Tracy Blvd. He said the gunman approached his car window and stole his money. He said that after the robbery, the gunman drove from the area with another man in a Jeep-style vehicle.


9:21 a.m.: A resident reported the theft of a catalytic converter off a vehicle at Microtel Inn, 861 W. Clover Road.

9:54 a.m.: A resident on the 600 block of Whitman Court reported selling a pressure cooker to someone who used a closed account to make payment. He said he went to the sheriff’s office to enter the non-sufficient funds program, but he wanted to report the incident due to the Boston bombing, which allegedly involved pressure cooker bombs.

12:15 p.m.: A resident reported finding a 55-gallon drum in a parking lot on the 300 block of Acacia Street. Tracy fire officials were called and the drum was picked up for chemical testing on its contents and disposal.

2:20 p.m.: A resident reported that someone stole his surveillance camera on the 400 block of West Beverly Place and that he had video of the culprit.


6:57 a.m.: Animal control impounded a stray dog that employees at McDonald’s, 236 E. 11th St., had tied to a tree to keep it from running into the road.

8:05 a.m.: A resident reported that someone damaged the grass and ground at the playground area at Bland Park, 1753 Blandford Lane, by driving over it during the night.

10:53 a.m.: A resident reported seeing goats in the roadway at South Tracy Boulevard and West Linne Road.

11:27 a.m.: A resident reported being robbed as he left Rusty’s bar, 320 W. Grant Line Road. He said his cellphone and money were taken.

2:29 p.m.: A woman reported that a man pointed a gun at her while she was talking to another woman about retrieving her bike pump at a trailer park on the 600 block of East 11th Street. She said the man aimed a black handgun at her and then drove east in a small SUV.


12:42 a.m.: A woman reported a man climbing through a window at her house on the 1400 block of Parker Avenue. She said she heard a noise and saw him when she went to check on her 2-year-old twins. She locked herself and the children in a room. Police arrived and checked the area, but no burglar was located.

5:01 p.m.: A resident reported a neighbor shooting arrows at a back fence on the 4300 block of Tropaz Lane. Police checked and found children playing with a toy bow and arrows. They were advised to shoot at a target and not at the fence.


1:19 a.m.: Police are investigating a fight between two men on the 100 block of East Seventh Street. The men were seen hitting each other until one was knocked to the ground. One man fled and police called for an ambulance for the injured man. No additional details were provided.

7:46 p.m.: Police are investigating a home break-in after a resident reported that a neighbor called him to say his front door was open on the 1900 block of Village Drive.

April 24

2:37 a.m.: A man who lives on Ali Court called police saying the parents of his 15 year-old son’s friend came to his home at 1:30 a.m. and took his son from his bedroom. The man did not know whether his son went willingly or against his will. The man knew where the parents of his son’s friend lived and led an officer to the house on Crocus Court. The man’s son was returned home by 3:15 a.m.

2:39 p.m.: A Tracy Tracer dispatcher called, reporting that a Tracer bus was hit by a red Dodge pickup near Wal-Mart, 3202 W. Grant Line Road. The suspect reportedly rear-ended the bus and then hit another car while trying to drive away. The driver of the Dodge allegedly hit the bus after leaving the scene of another traffic collision with a black Ford Focus that happened about 45 minutes earlier. Officers pulled over the Dodge near the intersection of Lammers and Grant Line roads. One passenger on the bus complained of back pain after the collision. There were no reports of an arrest or charges at the time.

• This column includes a sample of items as reported in the Tracy Police Department dispatcher’s daily log. Additional information is based on reports from officers and other law enforcement agencies. Charges may have been added or dropped as of press time, and all suspects are assumed innocent until proven guilty. To report information anonymously about a crime: Crime Stoppers, 831-6847.

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