Police Log: Man in bush steals money bag from pizza employee
by TP staff
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A robbery was reported at 10:17 a.m. on Monday near Pizza Hut, 720 W. 11th St. The caller said a man came out of the bushes and took her money bag, which held the daily deposits for the business. She said it occurred when she was getting into her car between Pizza Hut and Domino’s. The robber was described as Hispanic, in his mid-20s, wearing a red hat, a white shirt and blue jeans. She said he pulled up his shirt and displayed a gun at his waistband and left with the money bag going in a westerly direction. Police are investigating.

Tracy police received 1,151 calls for service from July 10 through Wednesday. The following is a sampling of those calls as they were documented in real time.


1:40 p.m.: A caller reported his ex-wife may have stolen a modem from his house while she was watching it for him last month on the 2500 block of Ontario Drive. Police advised him it was more of a civil issue and the caller asked officers to speak to his wife.

4:00 p.m.: A caller reported someone took his iPod from his backpack on the 300 block of W. Grant Line Road.

6:34 p.m.: A caller reported someone in a homeless encampment had a rifle under a sleeping bag at Dr. Powers Park at 900 W. Lowell Ave. Police checked and found it was a plastic rifle with an orange tip.

6:45 p.m.: A caller reported someone stole a purse when breaking a window of a vehicle at Texas Roadhouse at 2422 Naglee Road.

8:43 p.m.: A caller reported a car with two people parked near Delaney Court and Flint Lane. The caller said the car has condoms and beer bottles. Police checked and found two people being romantic.

8:49 p.m.: Police arrested a 43-year-old woman at a homeless encampment near Grant Line and Lammers roads for outstanding warrants that included burglary.

9:24 p.m.: A K-9 officer assisted the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s during the arrest of a person barricaded inside a recreational vehicle on the 2000 block of Paradise Avenue. The person surrendered when police announced the dog was going to be sent inside the vehicle. The person was wanted for domestic violence and assault with a deadly weapon.

10:19 p.m.: A caller reported someone screaming on the 1400 block of Hoboken Drive and said it was coming from a drug house. Police checked and found children playing under supervision of their parents.


2:04 a.m.: Police arrested someone for vandalism and drug possession on the 700 block of Lowell Avenue. The arrest occurred after a caller reported someone threw a rock at his car and damaged it.

12:58 p.m.: A caller reported a juvenile threw a rock through a kitchen window of an apartment on the 300 block of W. Mount Diablo Avenue. A tenant saw the juvenile do it and run away. The cost of the repair was estimated at $300.

3:27 p.m.: A caller reported a prowler in the area for the last few nights on the 200 block of Thelma Loop. Neighbors reported someone attempted to get into the garage and heard someone jiggle the side door around 2 a.m.

4:10 p.m.: A caller reported a house broken into on the 100 block of Portico Lane. Police found identification and documents on Mabel Josephine Drive and the passport of the burglary victim was returned to him.

4:32 p.m.: A caller reported a 45-year-old man hit her with a plum pit, grabbed and pushed her on the 100 block of W. Eighth Street. She was taken by ambulance to San Joaquin County Hospital for stomach pains.


1:33 a.m.: Police arrested a person for a warrant for resisting an officer after someone reported seeing three flashlights near the gazebo at Talley Park, 1551 Dove Drive. The person was taken to county jail.

8:46 a.m.: A caller reported people living in a van on the 100 block of East Sixth Street. The caller said there was a bucket of human waste next to the van. Police checked and found no one in the vehicle and no bucket. The caller was told to contact police if the driver returned.

4:13 p.m.: A caller reported seeing someone break into a car at the West Valley Mall, 3200 Naglee Road. She said she had a child with her, so she didn’t confront the thieves, but she did take a picture. Police are investigating.

6:15 p.m.: Police arrested a 38-year-old man for an unknown charge at Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, 1420 N. Tracy Blvd. The arrest occurred after a man reported that he was hit by a car while he was riding his bicycle. The woman driving the car said the man rode in front of her on purpose and she hit his bicycle tires. The man was taken to county jail.


12:07 a.m.: A caller on the 3300 block of Tracy Boulevard reported that she had blacked out in a bathroom after having a drink at an unidentified location. She said she awoke crying on a porch. She suspected that the drink might have been drugged and wanted to talk to an officer. Police are investigating.

1:41 a.m.: A caller reported a man being treated for a dog bite at the Sutter Tracy Community Hospital emergency room. The victim said he was bitten during an argument with his neighbor on the 400 block of Acadia Street. Police are investigating.

2:45 p.m.: A woman on the 300 block of Coronado Way told police she had been scammed three days earlier. She said she received a call from a woman claiming to be her granddaughter who said she was in jail in the Dominican Republic. After wiring the caller $1,200, the grandmother found out on Sunday that it was a scam. Police are investigating.

6:48 p.m.: A woman was injured at Lincoln Park, 170 E. Eaton Ave. A caller reported that her mother had fainted, but a second caller reported seeing a man armed with a knife attack the woman. The man with the knife was described as Hispanic with a shaved head, wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans. He was seen running toward Holly Drive. Police are investigating.

9:23 p.m.: Police arrested a 46-year-old man for being drunk in public on the 300 block of West Kavanagh Avenue. He was booked into county jail.

10:03 p.m.: Someone on the 1300 block of Renown Drive asked for extra police patrols because someone had egged his house and vehicles.

10:42 p.m.: A caller requested extra police patrols after someone stole a flag and broke into vehicles on the 800 block of Kapareil Drive.


1:46 a.m.: A caller reported his wife was shocked with a stun gun at The Great Plate, 714 N. Central Ave. A second caller said she was battered at the restaurant, but she was conscious and breathing. An ambulance was contacted. Police are investigating.

7:52 a.m.: A caller reported that a man kicked in his door on the 500 block of Krider Court. He said the man ran toward MacArthur Drive and was wearing all black clothing. Police are investigating.

12:11 p.m.: A caller reported that a man tried to hit someone with a hammer at the farmers market at Central Avenue and 10th Street. The hammer was taken away from the man, and he was held for police.

1:22 p.m.: A caller reported that an elderly man asked her if she wanted to buy two Chinese babies when she was at Wal-Mart, 3010 W. Grant Line Road. She said she told him no and noted that he didn’t have any children with him.

2:15 p.m.: A caller reported that someone broke into her vehicle at Denny’s, 3718 Tracy Blvd. She said her car window was broken.

6:21 p.m.: A camera was found in a staff bathroom on the 200 block of Whittier Avenue. The person who reported it said that the camera had been set up by a juvenile resident, who had no idea it had been discovered. Police are investigating.

11:21 p.m.: A caller reported that a group of youngsters broke a window at Cooks Furniture, 133 W. Grant Line Road. The caller said it appeared that something was picked up off the ground and thrown through the window.


7:11 a.m.: A caller told police that a neighbor had swarms of bees in backyard hives and the swarms would go into her backyard on the 1500 block of Monterey Court. She was referred to the city code enforcement division.

2:16 p.m.: Someone on the 2100 block of Holder Lane reported receiving a call from two men who claimed to be from the Tracy Police Department Fraud Department and said the caller owed money to the department. He said he didn’t give them any money, but he wanted the police department to be aware of the scam.

6:00 p.m.: A home burglary was reported on the 200 block of Cedar Mountain Drive.

8:20 p.m.: A caller reported a man walking around Lincoln Park, 170 E. Eaton Ave., with a metal detector. He said the man was digging up the grass near the large play structure. Police saw that the man was putting the grass back where he dug and concluded that no crime was committed.

9:21 p.m.: A caller on the 2900 block of Wagner Court reported that a woman on the phone told her she owed $4,000 for an unpaid bill. She told police she had no unpaid bills.

July 10

7:43 a.m.: A caller reported that someone broke into a vehicle and stole fuses on the 2800 block of Tracy Boulevard. Other items were also reported as missing.

1:28 p.m.: Police arrested an unidentified man for warrants for drug possession and battery at Dr. Powers Park, 900 W. Lowell Ave. He was booked into county jail.

4:46 p.m.: A caller on the 700 block of Traditions Court reported that her husband had bought cash cards for someone claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service. Police are investigating.

5:24 p.m.: A home burglary was reported on the 100 block of Roy Frerichs Lane. A caller said he went to feed the cats and found the front door open and evidence inside that someone had tried to take a safe.

6:57 p.m.: A caller reported a pushy man and woman trying to get into her house to see her alarm system on the 900 block of Taft Avenue. She said they were persistent and asked a lot of questions about her alarm. Based on a description, an officer recognized them as alarm sales people who have a permit to work in the city. He told the caller they were harmless, aside from their pushiness, but people called the police about them from time to time.

11:58 p.m.: A caller reported five or six people setting up tents in Zanussi Park, 1500 Promenade Circle. Police advised them that it was not allowed, and they took the tents down and left.

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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