Police Log: Tracy residents targeted by jury duty phone scam
by TP staff
Jul 11, 2014 | 8718 views | 2 2 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Police are investigating two incidents on Monday of someone posing as a deputy sheriff and telling two residents on Tahoe Circle over the phone that they needed to pay him. He said they had to make the payment, because they missed jury duty. One victim called police at 6:05 p.m. and said the man told her she needed to get him two prepaid gift cards for $495 each and deliver them to a kiosk. She said she gave the man the card numbers over the telephone. A second caller at 6:38 p.m. said they got a similar call, but didn’t give the man any money.

Tracy police received 1331 calls for service from July 3 through Wednesday. The following is a sampling of those calls as they were documented in real time.


7:05 a.m.: A caller reported two raccoons in a cage fighting on the side of a business on the 400 block of W. Beverly Place. The caller said the animals have nothing to do with the business. They were gone by the time police arrived.

9:11 a.m.: A caller reported someone slashed his car tires for the second time on the 200 block of E. Ninth Street.

12:28 p.m.: A caller reported a room was vandalized at Motel 6 at 3810 Tracy Blvd. He said the television and lamp were broken and graffiti all over the walls. The person registered to that room checked out earlier in the day.

4:06 p.m.: A caller reported someone tried to steal an air conditioning unit from behind a business on the 100 block of W. Tenth Street. Extra police patrols were requested.

7:15 p.m.: A caller reported a neighbor shot out his house back window with a BB gun pellet on the 300 block of West Court. He said he suspected his neighbor’s children. Police are investigating.

8:26 p.m.: A caller reported seeing a man spit into a coach’s face at West High School at 1775 W. Lowell Ave. after an overnight football camp concluded. He said the man was a Samoan or Hawaiian, 30-40 years old, wearing a black shirt and shorts. He was seen with a red colored Cutlass parked in the pool area. Police talked to someone at the school and they informed the officer it was only a verbal argument and no crime had been committed.


12:45 p.m.: A caller reported receiving a death threat in a text message on the 100 block of E. 12th Street. Police are investigating.

2:09 p.m.: A caller reported a woman with an infant begging for money outside Starbucks at 2459 Naglee Road. She requested a welfare check on the baby. Police talked to the woman and the child appeared to be in good health with food and water. The woman told the officer she was from Romania and lived in Sacramento. Police deduced she may have been a gypsy.

3:33 p.m.: A caller reported a vehicle into a building on the 900 block of Palm Circle. There were no injuries reported.

7:58 p.m.: A caller reported four pre-teens playing soccer on the roof of the Central School at 1370 Parker Ave. Police saw the juveniles on the roof when he arrived, but they escaped before he checked the roof.


1:06 a.m.: A caller reported two broken windows at Cooks Furniture, 133 Grant Line Road. Police found that two 8-foot windows had been broken, but no one had apparently entered the business.

3:32 a.m.: Someone reported a person on the ground near Tracy Boulevard and Schulte Road. Police checked and found a large stuffed animal.

7:37 a.m.: A catalytic converter was reported as stolen from a pickup on the 800 block of Clover Road.

8:28 a.m.: Police stopped a 38-year-old man on foot near First and C streets and arrested him for warrants including vehicle theft and possession of stolen property.

10:29 a.m.: Officers provided traffic control at a structure fire near First and B streets.

12:53 p.m.: A caller reported finding a naked man in the bathroom at Tracy Transit Station, 50 E. Sixth St. The man later dressed and told police he had been washing up in the bathroom and he didn’t expect anyone to walk in on him. He said he was buying a bus ticket to Stockton.

2:55 p.m.: A group of girls was reportedly fighting at Tracy Ball Park, 2001 Bessie Ave. According to a caller who reported the fight, some of the girls drove away and two others kept fighting. Police also received a call from a victim, who said she didn’t want help.

6:18 p.m.: A woman who said she was bleeding and might have miscarried called police from McDonald’s inside Wal-Mart, 3010 W. Grant Line Road. She said she had been raped in an abandoned house in Stockton three days earlier and reported the attack to Stockton police. An ambulance took her to Sutter Tracy Community Hospital.

8:39 p.m.: Police were called to the area of Payton Lane and Ridgeview Court, where a sinkhole was reportedly forming. They barricaded the hole, which was described as 3 to 4 feet deep, 2 feet long and 1 foot wide.


12:55 a.m.: A loud party was reported on the 1100 block of Tulloch Drive. Police talked to a person who said the party got out of control because of Twitter postings. The partygoers left when police asked.

6:05 a.m.: A caller reported that someone broke into a garage and stole a Harley-Davidson motorcycle on the 900 block of Marie Angela Drive.

9:01 a.m.: Two tires of a vehicle were reportedly slashed on the 700 block of Mabel Josephine Drive.

11:35 a.m.: Police arrested an employee at Orchard Supply Hardware, 1975 W. 11th St. for embezzling approximately $11,000. No additional information was provided.

12:12 p.m.: A caller reported that a car crashed into Bottom’s Up Espresso, 2355 W. Grant Line Road. The two men in the car stopped long enough to get it unstuck from the building and then drove away. Police are investigating.

8:48 p.m.: Police arrested a man for allegedly brandishing a weapon after a caller reported that two men in a car were trying to get her to pull over on eastbound 11th Street near Lammers Road. She said the men flashed badges and one waved a black gun at her. She said they were yelling at other drivers and claimed to be cops. The man who was arrested went county jail.


12:10 a.m.: A caller reported that her niece was sexually assaulted by a man she was giving a ride home near Tracy Boulevard and Valpico Road. The niece told her the man pulled her dress down while she was driving. The niece said she dropped him off at an unknown address on Chrisman Road.

12:52 a.m.: Police arrested a 19-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman after a caller and school security officers detained them for breaking into Central School, 1370 Parker Ave.

2:37 a.m.: A man in the hospital emergency room was reportedly assaulted at a block party on the 100 block of F Street. A woman found the man outside her home after she heard him moaning. Police are investigating.

8:58 a.m.: Police arrested a 39-year-old man for unknown charges after he ran from an officer who saw him riding a scooter near F and 11th streets.

9:56 a.m.: A battery charger, laptop and laptop bag were reported as found on the 600 block of Williams Court.

2:38 p.m.: A caller on the 100 block of Highland Avenue reported that she was being harassed by a man in Iran whom she met on the Internet. She said he was infatuated with her and she was afraid he would travel to the United States. She wanted the incident documented only.

6:18 p.m.: A woman told police that a man in a car and his female passenger argued with her after the man waved for her to cross more quickly in front of his car on the 1300 block of 11th Street. The woman said she asked him to be patient, because her two children were with her. She said she sprayed the couple with water during the argument. Officers talked to both groups.


2:40 a.m.: A caller reported that an 18-year-old man from the 2800 block of Lehman Road was in the emergency room reported that he had been assaulted around 1:30 a.m. He told the caller he didn’t know where he was when he was assaulted. Police are investigating.

10:05 a.m.: Loud explosions were reported in the area of Hunter Trail. A caller who told police he was a veteran said the noise was so loud that it made him want to dive for cover. Police were unable to find the cause of the noise.

10:07 a.m.: A city irrigation meter box was reportedly leaking water at about 25 liters per minute on the 500 block of Leamon Street.

11:52 a.m.: A caller on the 600 block of Chestnut Avenue reported that a family member had made him aware of death threats against his daughter on the Internet. He said his daughter was in Australia, and the person making the threats might be a man in Southern California. He said he would gather more information and try to contact his daughter.

12:06 p.m.: A caller reported that residents on the 100 block of Hollywood Avenue were illegally hooked up to her water line. She requested information to contact code enforcement. A second caller reported a similar water-use problem around 6:39 p.m. Police talked to the homeowner using the water, who said that a water main broke and someone from the city said to use the other water line until it could be repaired on Monday.

2:07 p.m.: A caller reported seeing two men take a television from Target, 2800 Naglee Road. He said one man pushed the TV out of the store in a carriage and left in a small black car. He said he didn’t know if the store was aware of the theft, and when he followed the black car south on Corral Hollow Road, it went through a red light at Grant Line Road and kept going.

5:07 p.m.: Police stopped a 20-year-old man on foot on the 1300 block of West 11th Street and arrested him on drug-related charges.

8:06 p.m.: A caller reported a man tried to run over her and her friends with his car near Mae and Highland avenues. She said there were two men in the car, both tattooed and in their early 20s. Police were unable to find the car.

8:50 p.m.: Tracy firefighters from Engine 95 warned someone who was setting off fireworks near Winter Lane and Parkside Court.

9:06 p.m.: A caller reported that someone broke a glass door at Tracy Liquors, 1220 W. 11th St. A second caller said that two women were fighting at the liquor store and one might have a knife. A woman was seen in front of a nearby business and people were beating her friend. The victim refused to cooperate, but police are investigating the incident.

10:37 p.m.: A bullet went through a front window on the 2600 block of Greystone Drive. No injuries were reported.

July 3

12:52 a.m.: A caller reported a 16-year-old boy in an emergency room with a bump on his head from a fight he had with someone in Veterans Park, 238 Glenhaven Drive. He said that he was walking through the park when he got into the fight and was kicked in the head. Police contacted the boy’s mother, who said she would call if she decided to make a police report.

3:16 a.m.: A caller told police that his neighbor interrupted a man and a woman taking tires off the caller’s car on the 1300 block of Sienna Park Drive. He said the couple left in a red Nissan.

8:38 a.m.: A counterfeit $20 was reportedly used at McDonald’s, 3430 Tracy Blvd.

12:20 p.m.: A caller reported that a woman in the emergency room said that she was raped near a real estate office on the 1700 block of 11th Street. The caller said the victim was a transient. Police are investigating.

2:07 p.m.: A caller reported that her house was burglarized and her vehicle was taken on the 1600 block of Kavanagh Avenue. She said the burglar entered through a back window.

10:14 p.m.: A caller reported that several firearms — two AR-15s and five handguns — were stolen from his pickup outside Chili’s Grill & Bar, 2030 W. Grant Line Road. He said he didn’t notice the theft until he got home after a day of shooting at the range.

• 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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July 16, 2014
What kind of dummy leaves 2 AR-15s and 5 handguns unattended and accessible in their car while they trot off to eat a burger???? Stupid.
July 11, 2014
In a dark and hazy room, peering into a crystal ball, the fortune teller delivered grave news:

"There's no easy way to tell you this, so I'll just be blunt. Prepare yourself to be a widow. Your husband will die a violent and horrible death this year."

Visibly shaken, the young woman stared back at the old woman's lined face, then at the single flickering candle, then down at her shaking hands.

She took a few deep breaths to compose herself. Her mind raced. A question forced it's way out... she simply had to know...She met the Fortune Teller's gaze, tried to steady her voice and asked,

"Will I be acquitted?"

For some reason, wives tend to like this joke .

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