Police Log: Residents report catalytic converters stolen
by TP staff
Oct 08, 2012 | 5965 views | 3 3 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Vehicle catalytic converters were reported as stolen sometime between Thursday, Oct. 4, and Friday, Oct. 5, at three different locations. The locations of the thefts were reported as the 2700 block of Amatchi Court, 300 block of West 23rd Street, 2100 block of Cain Court and the 100 block of DeBord Drive.

Tracy police received 471 calls for service Friday, Oct. 5 through Sunday, Oct. 7. The following is a sample of those calls.


1:13 a.m.: An officer reported a man at Jack in the Box at 611 W. Grant Line Road told him five Latino men chased him yelling Sureño gang comments near Save Mart on Tracy Boulevard. He said he ran to the restaurant after they tried to stab him.

3:29 a.m.: A woman said a teenage boy was yelling for his mother in a field near the 1800 block of Plum Lane. Police checked and found a drunken man, age 25, for being drunk in public.

4:45 a.m.: Police arrested a 35-year-old man for an alleged instance of domestic violence in central Tracy. The arrest occurred after a woman said her boyfriend hit her.

8:24 a.m.: A dog was reportedly tied up at El Pescadero Park, 250 W. Kavanagh Ave., with a note saying, “I can’t take care of him anymore.” The dog wasn’t there when police arrived.

9:47 a.m.: Police arrested a 29-year-old man for an unknown charge on the 400 block of West Kavanagh Avenue. The arrest occurred after someone was heard yelling about an officer after hitting a dog. An ambulance was called to the city jail to provide medical attention to the man, who was reportedly pepper sprayed. No charges were listed.

12:39 p.m.: Police arrested a 30-year-old man for an outstanding battery warrant on the 1200 block of Coolidge Avenue.

12:50 p.m.: A woman told police there was a strong smell of marijuana coming from a storage unit at Tracy Self Storage, 250 W. Valpico Road. Police are investigating.

3:13 p.m.: Police arrested 31-year-old woman for an alleged hit and run near Corral Hollow Road and Cypress Drive. The arrest occurred after a caller reported a three-car accident and a Chrysler Sebring leaving the scene of the crash. The person who reported the alleged hit and run said the woman driver told him it was her third accident in a month before leaving.

3:42 p.m.: A man told police someone wrote racial slurs on his newspaper in his mailbox on the 700 block of Tennis Lane.

7:24 p.m.: Police arrested a 45-year-old man for driving under the influence near Interstate 580 and Corral Hollow Road. A truck reportedly went through a guardrail and was seen trying to back up to allegedly leave the scene. The driver was reportedly seen getting out of the truck and staggering as he looked over the truck.

10:17 p.m.: Police arrested a 19-year-old man for unknown charges on the 1600 block of West 12th Street after four people in a car were reportedly either drinking or doing drugs. Police towed the car.


1:30 a.m.: Police arrested a 27-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman for domestic violence in western part of the city. The arrests occurred after a woman called police to report she and her fiancé were intoxicated and arguing.

1:43 a.m.: Police arrested a 24-year-old man who was allegedly drunk in public on the 200 block of Brannon Drive. Police were sent to the area for a report of gunshots or fireworks and a large pickup speeding away from the area, but police found no evidence a gun was discharged.

2:10 a.m.: A woman told police she woke up and saw someone inside her house and yelled for her son on the 1500 block of Marine Court. She found all of the doors open, and the car and garage ransacked. Police believe the alleged burglar got the garage door opener from the car.

2:43 a.m.: A man told police a bag was stolen out of his truck as he was loading it for a fishing trip on the 2700 block of Ponte Mira Way. He said the bag contained prescription medication, fishing items and clothing.

3:07 a.m.: A hospital official told police a man was in the emergency room at Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, 1420 N. Tracy Blvd., with a black eye, lacerations and bruises, and he ran when they told him they were calling the police.

4 a.m.: A hospital official said two men in the parking lot of Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, 1420 N. Tracy Blvd. yelled at her, “That’s a security guard. I’ll show her,” and one began urinating on the bushes while the other ran north. The officials said one of the two men yelled, “Let’s get her,” so she ran back into the hospital and locked the door. She said she didn’t know where they went. Police were unable to locate the men.

10:39 a.m.: A caller said a suspicious box was found on the sidewalk on the 1700 block of Partridge Lane. The box reportedly had “Hooters” on the side and the picture of an owl. Police found it was breading for cooking chicken wings and disposed of the box.

11:53 a.m.: A woman said someone saw her former boyfriend take her 1999 Isuzu Rodeo at Motel 6, 3810 N. Tracy Blvd.

12:51 p.m.: Someone took a woman’s purse from the Extended Stay at 2526 Pavilion Parkway. Police are investigating, as the victim said someone texted her about having the purse.

1:18 p.m.: A man brought a gun into the police station after he claimed he took it away from a group of children playing with it in McDonald Park, 55 N. Central Ave.

5:11 p.m.: The back window of a car was broken on the 2500 block of North Tracy Boulevard.

6:22 p.m.: Police arrested a 20-year-old man for vandalism at Monte Vista Middle School, 751 W. Lowell Ave. A caller said he was writing on the school sign with a black marker.

6:24 p.m.: Police arrested a 30-year-old man on the 400 block of Helen Avenue for allegedly having an outstanding warrant for driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license.

6:41 p.m.: A 1991 Honda Accord was reported stolen from Marshall’s, 2481 Naglee Road.

8:46 p.m.: A man said someone was knocking on his front door and ringing the door bell on the 1200 block of Annamarie Way. The agitator was gone before police arrived.

9:28 p.m.: A teenage girl told police a man with a plastic bag over his head was inside her house on the 1700 block of Court Drive. She said he left out the backdoor when she yelled. Police are investigating.


1:30 a.m.: Police arrested a 39-year-old woman for drug possession on the 1700 block of Countrywood Lane.

3:31 a.m.: Police arrested a 23-year-old man for driving without a license following a traffic stop near Arbor Avenue and MacArthur Drive. His car was impounded for 30 days.

3:08 p.m.: A man said his son was assaulted while walking home from Williams Middle School near North Hickory Avenue and Tennis Lane. He said the man who did it was wearing sunglasses and that his didn’t need an ambulance.

3:33 p.m.: A city street sweeper allegedly hooked a basketball hoop on the sidewalk and dragged it around the corner, causing major damage to the backboard. The woman who reported the incident said she first called public works, but the department was closed.

8:34 p.m.: A woman said a homeless woman was at her door and complained about a man in Sister Cities Park, 842 Saddleback Court. The woman was afraid to sleep in the park, because the man was acting odd.

8:15 p.m.: Police received a few calls regarding an explosion near the 500 block of Gianelli Street. Police checked and a neighbor said it was fireworks.

• 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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October 24, 2012

1:13 a.m.: An officer reported a man at Jack in the Box at 611 W. Grant Line Road told him five Latino men chased him yelling Sureño gang comments near Save Mart on Tracy Boulevard. He said he ran to the restaurant after they tried to stab him.

This is a very simple fix. Do as they did in the City of San Jose and have the police officers drive around with ICE. Begin to crack down on the gangs and deport those gang members who are not from here. Except go one step further and deport their parents as well who are probably located at the address they give as a residence.

The gang numbers will dwindle and the actual root of the problem will be gone as well. The illegal parents.

October 09, 2012
Th problem with catalytic converters bein stolen fer thair precious metals could be easy ta eliminate.

Simply require all metal salvages ta record th vehicle VIN number th cat was removed from an place it in a database that can be easily searched by law enforcement.

Then all payment should be done by check or credit with no cash bein allowed.

That way ya know whare th cat came frum, if people are usin th VINs fer multiple cats an have a record of th names of th people who are sellin this stuff fer scrap.

Ya use ta take yer battery cores inta an autoparts store an that store would give ya a core refund.

Now they will still take em but won't give ya cash fer yer batteries unless ya bought a battery frum th store ta replace th core ya were tarnin in. Taday battery theft has substantially been reduced cus thair's not a substantial aftermarket fer em.

With a bit of administrative legal paperwork consarning cats an copper wire, also a biggie on th illegal scrap market, these types of crime could be reduced.

Never could figure out that when a scrapper gets a ton of copper wire scrap they might not thank it was stolen frum someone else. Th scrappers can be at fault too.

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