Police Log: Pellet gun brings police to Grocery Outlet
by TP staff
Jan 16, 2014 | 5946 views | 3 3 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Police were called to the Grocery Outlet at 825 W. 11th St. for a suspicious man at 1:23 p.m. Jan. 9. The store manager told police he confronted a customer about carrying a backpack in the store and when the man agreed to hand it over, he said the man said to him, “You should know I have a pistol in my pocket.” The man picked up a few grocery items, and when he went to pay, he asked for his backpack.

Police arrived and found that the man was carrying a pellet gun. The man was not arrested.

Tracy police received 963 calls for service from Thursday, Jan. 9, through Wednesday, Jan. 15. The following is a sampling of those calls.

Wednesday, Jan. 15

9:07 a.m.: A woman reported a suspicious group of men in front of her house on the 2200 block of Gary Lane. She said the men were with a truck that was blocking her driveway. When she confronted them, they said they were there to cut trees, but no trees had been touched. She said they left after she went inside her house. She said they were wearing orange vests with the letters WWA on them.

3:58 p.m.: A woman reported leaving her house unlocked while she went to pick up her child and returning to find it locked from the inside on the 100 block of West Eighth Street. She said she tried to open the door and a woman ran out. She reported no items missing.

4:48 p.m.: Police arrested a 21-year-old woman for assault and two drug-possession warrants near East Street and Lowell Avenue. The arrest occurred after a caller reported a man pinning the woman by the neck against a fence.

5:26 p.m.: A store clerk at CVS reported that a man with his face painted like the Joker stole a beanie and left the store at 1885 W. 11th St. She said she was afraid to stop him, because he kept putting his hands into his pockets as he walked away. It was unknown if the man was arrested by police.

9:01 p.m.: Police were called to the area of Holly Drive and Clover Road for a man being beaten by a bat. The victim refused medial treatment and was uncooperative with police.

Tuesday, Jan. 14

8:51 a.m.: A woman reported arriving home and finding two men in a car parked inside her closed garage on the 1800 block of Mount Pellier Street. She said the two men were sitting in a gold Dodge Stratus. A neighbor reported seeing one of the men take a shotgun out of the garage, and the homeowner said an iPad was also missing. The men left before police arrived.

10:45 a.m.: A resident reported an abandoned German shepherd puppy in a backyard on the 1300 block of Christina Drive. She said she was feeding the puppy through the fence, but this morning it bit the gardener’s thumb.

12:53 p.m.: A woman said a man had walked up to her while she was sitting in her car and vandalized it near Walgreens, 1830 W. 11th St., on Sunday. She said he asked if he could fix her car and then sprayed it with paint and powder.

2:02 p.m.: Police issued a warning to a man who left his son asleep in a car seat while he went into a store on the 2600 block of North Tracy Boulevard.

2:48 p.m.: A business clerk reported that a man took a forklift and three truck radiators from First Class Trucking Co., 400 Gandy Dancer Drive, without paying. He said the man had inquired the week before about the equipment, valued at $8,000, and then purchased it with false information.

3:45 p.m.: A resident reported that the family dog bit a 1-year-old child in the head and face on the 400 block of English Oak Avenue. The child was transported to UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

Monday, Jan. 13

6:57 a.m.: A clerk at St. Bernard’s Church reported that someone kicked in the front middle door of the church at 165 W. Eaton Ave. Police checked and reportedly found no one inside.

2:53 p.m.: A resident reported a man going door to door asking to see Pacific Gas & Electric Co. bills to help tenants lower their costs on West Central Avenue. She said she checked and a PG&E representative said the company didn’t have anyone in the area. The man was described as white, in his 30s, wearing blue and yellow utility clothing with a tool belt. He was gone before police arrived.

Sunday, Jan. 12

12:06 a.m.: A man told police some men beat him up while he was walking through a field at Tracy Ball Park, 2300 Bessie Ave. The victim was taken to the hospital and diagnosed with a fractured nose.

12:25 a.m.: A resident reported a group of kids throwing toilet paper onto houses and cars on the 1500 block of Eastlake Circle.

3:09 p.m.: Extra police patrols were requested by a resident who saw four teenagers set off fireworks inside the bathrooms at Veterans Park, at Brookview and Glenhaven drives.

9:27 p.m.: A resident reported a group of men fighting with shovels and picks on the 400 block of Charlemagne Lane. The argument reportedly involved a resident of the area. One man was taken by ambulance to the hospital for a head wound, a hand injury and a bloody nose. No other information was provided by police.

Saturday, Jan. 11

6:22 a.m.: A man reported that someone broke his garage light and spray painted graffiti on his house on the 1400 block of Lankershire Drive.

Friday, Jan. 10

8:48 a.m.: A woman told police a man in a car followed her 15-year-old daughter as she walked to school near Lowell Avenue and Holly Drive. She said the man would drive past the girl and wave at her, and then park and wait for her to walk past him again. She described the man as Hispanic, 25 to 30 years old, driving a black Dodge Charger. Police sent out a notice to be on the lookout for the driver.

1 p.m.: A resident of the 100 block of West 20th Street reported a home burglary.

9:51 p.m.: Police chased a Chevy Monte Carlo on Grant Line Road in the western part of the city but gave up their pursuit at Byron Road. Officers contacted the owner of the vehicle, and a woman informed them that her son had stolen her car. It is unknown whether the driver was arrested.

Thursday, Jan. 9

12:46 a.m.: Home burglaries were reported on the 1500 block of Vinewood Way and the 1200 block of Gentry Court.

11:01 a.m.: A resident reported a chicken in the backyard of a house on the 1500 block of Griffith Place.

3:22 p.m.: Police arrested a 30-year-old man for outstanding warrants for possession of drug paraphernalia and drugs on the 400 block of West 21st Street.

9:20 p.m.: A resident reported a Christmas tree on fire in the gutter in the area of Central Avenue and 11th Street. The fire was extinguished, but a vehicle parked nearby was reportedly damaged.

•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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January 17, 2014
"11:01 a.m.: A resident reported a chicken in the backyard of a house on the 1500 block of Griffith Place."

I find it hard to believe that anybody would think a chicken in a yard is somehow criminal. What is this world coming to when a chicken in a yard is taken as a sign of illegal activity?
January 16, 2014
"Pellet gun brings police to Grocery Outlet"

In regards to Amy Anglim's recent letter to the editor, I sure hope she hasn't already called out Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton to encourage rioting and looting in support of her adopted charity case. It seems like the situation would have been much, much worse had the law enforcement officers actually been guilty of what Amy accused them of.
January 17, 2014
What did her comment have to do with Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton? I would assert you are showing your bias to to highlight hers. It would appear you have the same or worse bias based on your comment. Potentially the biggest problems are those we face in the mirror.

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