Police Log: Hand found in toilet not all it seems
by TP staff
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Police received a call at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday that someone had found a human hand inside a toilet in the Larson Park bathroom at 1401 S. Central Ave. The woman, who refused to give her name, told officers the hand was wrapped in toilet paper inside the unisex bathroom toilet. When police asked her about any blood, the woman did not answer and hung up the phone. Police checked and found it was a Halloween prop and disposed of it by throwing it into a trash can.

Tracy police received 1,202 calls for service from June 19 through Wednesday. The following is a sampling of those calls as they were documented in real time.


6:15 a.m.: A caller reported finding two bicycles chained together in front of her garage door on the 1400 block of Schleiger Drive. She said she didn’t know who owned the bicycles.

11:24 a.m.: A caller reported the theft of a catalytic converter on the 2600 block of Ponte Mira Way. No details were provided on the type of vehicle.

12:58 p.m.: Someone reportedly tried to use a $20 counterfeit bill at McDonald’s, 3430 N. Tracy Blvd.

3:54 p.m.: A caller reported a man in his late 60s who appeared to be trying to lure small children in his direction in the playground area at West Valley Mall, 3200 Naglee Road. The caller said parents had started their children out of the area after one child hugged the man. The man left the area, and mall officials were advised to call the police if he returned.

7:50 p.m.: A branch of a city tree reportedly fell on a resident’s roof on the 1900 block of Deborah Street.


8:20 a.m.: A caller reported rescuing a baby opossum from drowning in a pool on the 1100 block of Saratoga Court. Animal control impounded the animal.

8:31 a.m.: Residents reported eggs thrown at their property on the 1700 block of Woodland Lane and the 800 block of Saffron Drive.

10:26 a.m.: A baby reportedly fell out of a second-story window at the Microtel Inn, 861 W. Clover Road. Medics were called to check on the baby.

11:33 a.m.: A caller reported finding a rental listing for a house on Rent.com that the caller believed was a scam. The caller said that the house she called to rent on the 2500 block of Marie Antoinette Lane had a for-sale sign and a realtor told her it had been sold. Police advised the caller to red-flag the listing on the website and call if she lost any money in the transaction.

11:43 a.m.: A caller reported that her dog was stolen on Sunday on the 900 block of Windeler Avenue and her cellphone was stolen on Tuesday.

1:07 p.m.: Security cameras were reported as stolen from Boehm Realty, 403 W. 11th St. The caller said the thief was caught on video.

7:25 p.m.: A caller reported that someone vandalized his Chevy Tahoe, smashing eggs on it and breaking a window, on the 400 block of Carlton Way.

9:36 p.m.: A caller reported three teenagers damaging flower beds at the war memorial near School and Ninth streets. Police found no damage. The teens said they were looking for a GPS device for a scavenger hunt.


12:24 a.m.: Someone was reportedly sitting in a field and pointing a laser at passing cars on the 500 block of Mabel Josephine Drive. Police were unable to find the person.

9:45 a.m.: A caller reported that there had been stray chickens in her backyard for three days on the 1300 block of Jones Lane. The fowl were impounded by animal control.

10:33 a.m.: A caller reported that he received counterfeit money when he sold some items on the 1900 block of Gibson Court. Police are investigating.

3:03 p.m.: A caller reported a gang fight near 12th Street and Wilson Avenue. He said one person, a juvenile, appeared to have a head injury. A second caller said 10 minutes later that someone had broken his car window with brass knuckles. The person with the head injury was taken to Sutter Tracy Community Hospital. Police are investigating.


Midnight: A caller reported that she had interrupted two men burglarizing her house on the 3100 block of Antonio Loop. She said the men ran out the back when she and her mother arrived. The men were described as 20 to 30 years old, of average height and weight, wearing white T-shirts and khaki pants. An ambulance was called for someone with a facial injury, but no additional details were provided. The incident is under investigation.

7:18 a.m.: Police arrested a 23-year-old man for outstanding warrants after a caller reported a man broke into her truck on the 900 block of Hickory Avenue. She said the man claimed he was looking for his dog, but he had his pants full of her property.

12:32 p.m.: A caller reported finding an eagle that had been hit by a car on the 200 block of Central Avenue. The bird was taken to the animal shelter.

12:52 p.m.: A caller reported that his father was robbed at gunpoint on the 1700 block of Schantz Way. He said he was selling jewelry when two men approached him from a car occupied by two other men. He said a shirtless man pulled out a gun and demanded that he empty his pockets. The men were seen leaving in a Toyota toward 11th Street.

4:17 p.m.: A catalytic converter was reported as stolen on the 1400 block of Mansfield Street.

10:57 p.m.: A caller reported that three men who had broken into a car on the 1200 block of Roosevelt Avenue were walking east on Highland Avenue. The men were reportedly seen going through backyards toward Bessie Avenue, one carrying a purse and another carrying a backpack. Police found two men hiding in the weeds on Highland Avenue. A third man was found on Roosevelt Avenue near 12th Street. No arrests were reported, and the incident is under investigation.


9:05 a.m.: A caller reported two large bolts sticking up from the railroad tracks near Central Avenue and Schulte Road. He was worried that someone might pop a tire. Police informed Union Pacific Railroad.

9:47 a.m.: A caller reported the theft of a catalytic converter on the 1500 block of Meadow Lark Lane.

10:27 a.m.: A caller in Texas reported that his wife had been kidnapped three days earlier and taken to a truck stop on the 3900 block of Tracy Boulevard. He said it started when a man grabbed her bag of medication and she got upset and chased him and another man. He said the men put her in their big-rig, raped her and drove her to California. He said his wife was on the phone with him, using a phone belonging to a trucker who was helping her in Tracy. Police talked to the trucker, who said the woman was at his home on Banta Road, near MacArthur Drive and Linne Road. The woman’s husband said she was off her medication for a mental health condition and might run if police tried to pick her up. The trucker said he was going to go to a local grocery store, and the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office was advised to have someone meet him there. Police are investigating.

10:52 a.m.: A unit was reportedly burglarized at Public Storage, 300 Larch Road.

12:44 p.m.: A caller reported a woman with three toddlers begging for money near the Grant Line Road entrance to Costco. The caller was worried about the children’s welfare and thought Child Protective Services should be informed. Police talked to the woman, who said she lived in Tracy but had no job and was trying to get some money. She said she would not beg there anymore.

1:51 p.m.: Someone left two five-gallon buckets of marijuana near a side fence on the 300 block of McGee Street, according to a resident.

3:36 p.m.: A caller reported a 35-year-old man groping an underage girl near 11th and 10th streets. The caller said he asked the girl’s age and was told to mind his own business by the man, who left in a silver Honda Civic on westbound 11th Street. Police did not find the vehicle.

4:13 p.m.: Someone stole a catalytic converter from a truck on the 2900 block of Rugby Court.


12:56 a.m.: A caller reported children sitting across the street making a fire with cardboard on the 1600 block of Chester Drive. Police turned over the 10-year-old and 11-year-old to their parents.

5:45 a.m.: A caller reported a man needing help for injuries after being beaten on the 1000 block of East Grant Line Road. The victim told medics he was robbed by five men across from El Pescadero Park. He was taken to San Joaquin General Hospital, where he told hospital officials he didn’t want to talk to the police.

11:36 a.m.: A caller reported being scammed by a company she thought was a student-loan-forgiveness agency. She said she called from the 2300 block of Golden Leaf Lane. She said she gave someone her personal information and they already took money out of her account. Police checked and found that she wasn’t actually scammed; she had contacted a student loan debt company and then decided to cancel the service. The caller said she would wait for her refund to arrive and would close the account she used.

8:35 p.m.: A caller reported more than four cars getting ready to race near Steven Bridges Court and Golden Leaf Lane. Police checked and found a group of juveniles making a music video. They were advised not to drive recklessly. Police were called to the same area at 10:12 p.m. for a group of vehicles with flashing lights. Police found it was the same kids, now taking flash photos of their cars.

10:17 p.m.: A caller reported that someone set off a large box of fireworks and it caught fire on the 2600 block of Christy Street. He said he doused the box with water but didn’t see anyone in the area.

11:51 p.m.: An ambulance was requested for a man with a possible stab wound or gunshot wound to the back on the 1800 block of East Street. A caller had reported seeing the man who had been in an orange SUV was passed out or asleep on the sidewalk. Police are investigating the incident.

June 19

5:19 a.m.: A caller reported that he was robbed at knifepoint by a man he let stay in his room at Holiday Inn Express, 3751 Tracy Blvd. He said the man stole his computer, cellphone, keys and medication and took the two women who were with them in the room by force with a knife. He said the man put the knife to his head, threatened to kill him and pulled the phone cords out of the wall. Police talked to the victim, who said he was robbed after he made the date.

7:09 p.m.: A caller reported a burglary at Royal Beauty Supply, 2302 East St. The caller said the front window was broken and the front door damaged.

10:31 a.m.: A caller reported that a man who was panhandling for money on Grant Line Road at the entrance to Costco rode his bicycle to a new truck parked at the corner. When police checked, the man admitted to owning a new truck and an iPhone. He said he was a veteran. No violations were found.

6:12 p.m.: A caller reported that someone broke into the residence she was moving out of on the 2300 block of Ogden Sannazor Court. She said the same thing happened several times in the past month.

6:30 p.m.: Police responded to a house fire on the 1500 block of Peony Drive. The fire department was contacted and everyone in the home was evacuated.

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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