Police Log: Citizens chase down suspected purse snatcher – The Tracy Press

A group of customers at Speedee Oil Change, 711 W. Grant Line Road, reportedly captured a suspected thief after he reportedly stole a woman’s purse at about 1:10 p.m. Tuesday. The patrons at the business reportedly chased the man west along Grant Line until they caught him on O’Hara Drive and held him for police. The suspect was not injured and as of Thursday was in San Joaquin County Jail facing $150,000 bail for a felony charge of second degree robbery, and two felony charges from Sacramento County.

Tracy police received 1,382 calls for service from March 7 through Wednesday. The following is a sampling of those calls as they were documented in real time.

2:32 a.m.: A resident at Chesapeake Bay Apartments, 2941 Lowell Avenue, said the neighbor above was banging on the floor to keep him from sleeping and it was “messing up his brain.” The man wanted police to talk to the neighbor and stop the banging. Police waited outside the apartment but couldn’t hear anything.

6:23 a.m.: A caller at the Chevron station, 3775 N. Tracy Boulevard, said man was inside the store “air punching.” The caller said the man was also talking to himself and seemed unwell. He was last seen sitting in a car in the station parking lot. The man was gone when police arrived.

7:23 a.m.: A man said a black 2004 Chevy Silverado pickup truck he had borrowed from his aunt on the 1100 block of Mamie Anderson Lane had been stolen.

11:23 a.m.: Frozen meat was reported stolen from a refrigerated work truck in the Home Depot store parking lot, 2461 Naglee Road. The meat was part of a rib eye sale at West Valley Mall.

12:14 p.m.: West High’s school resource officer was told about students who were gambling or playing dice in the campus quad after school on Tuesday. West High security searched the students for the dice and the officer explained the penal and education code about gambling.

2:03 p.m.: A caller told police there was a large military type explosive shell in a dumpster near Kelly Moore Paints, 2630 N. Tracy Boulevard. Police closed off the streets around the building and called the Travis Air Force bomb squad. The area was closed for nearly four hours while the shell was investigated.

4:08 p.m.: Police were called about homeless people living in a red tent behind the Edgewood Corporation Center, 4600 S. Tracy Boulevard. Police found an encampment but no people there.

6:55 p.m.: The property manager for the shopping center at 2300 East Street said that one of the tenants at the center said 10 to 12 Pacific Gas and Electric Co. meters had been vandalized.

11:16 p.m.: A man called police upset that a “cat lady” was feeding cats in an alley behind his home in the 400 block of W. Seventh Street. The man said the cats go into his backyard and defecate. Police talked to the woman who agreed not to feed the cats near the man’s yard.

9:17 a.m.: A young woman on the 500 block of Yosemite Drive called police after watching a man sit in a parked Chevy truck for more than an hour, doing nothing. He drove off after another woman approached the truck and questioned him but came back a few minutes later. The caller said after the truck came back a man walked up to the truck and appeared to be exchanging something with the driver. An officer arrived and had the men move along.

11:06 a.m.: Officers spoke with people who had set up camp in the vacant land east of West Valley Mall after the landowner complained about them trespassing. The officer said the people were cleaning up their belongings and trash and moving.

11:27 a.m.: A safe was taken during a break-in at a home on the 2900 block of Taylor Way. The resident of the house came home about 11 a.m. and discovered the place had been robbed. The safe had money and family documents in it.

11:56 a.m.: Police were called about camps of homeless being set up in Dr. Powers Park near Joe Wilson Pool. One caller wanted police to make the people feel “uncomfortable” and move. People had also called police the day before.

6:36 p.m.: A man at the shopping center at 2271 W. Grant Line Road called 911 after watching a man in a black hoodie pull a purse out of a silver Hyundai parked in the lot, jump into a Nissan Altima with a large dent on the passenger door and drive away.

12:18 a.m.: A patron at the Shamrock, 117 W. 11th St., had to be kicked out of the bar and was banging on the doors and yelling at the employees inside. A caller told dispatchers the man had started to get “verbal” with other customers before he was ejected.

9:18 a.m.: A woman walking home from work called 911 after she feared for her safety from a man following her in a gray Ford Mustang. An officer met her at the shopping center on the southeast corner of Tracy Boulevard and Clover Road. She told him she had seen the man several times before but had not spoken to him. The officer watched the woman walk the rest of the way home and checked the area for the man in the Mustang but was unable to find him.

12:17 p.m.: The driver of a white Mercedes commercial van hit a trailer carrying a boat as he was driving north on the 2900 block of MacArthur Drive, knocking the boat off of the trailer and into traffic. A tow truck was able to get the boat moved after more than an hour blocking traffic.

1:21 p.m.: A man at Chesapeake Bay Apartments, 2941 W. Lowell Ave., fell victim to a mail scam. The man told police he received several checks from a person he didn’t know from addresses around the nation, deposited the checks in his account, bought Walmart gift cards and sent them back to the person who sent the checks. The checks bounced and the man said he knew he wouldn’t get his money back but wanted to document the incident.

5:49 p.m.: A man who was sent to collections over his dental bill allegedly threatened staff at Western Dental, 2313 Corral Hollow Rd., with a “dental surgical tool.” The staff called 911 saying the man wanted another dental procedure but when he was told he would have to pay out of pocket expenses, got upset and grabbed the tool. He put it down before officers arrived and went outside. He told the officer that he didn’t physically threaten anyone and was just upset at the situation. The practice asked the officer for extra patrols.

6:28 p.m.: Someone at Taqueria la Mexicana, 1284 W. 11th St., called police after they saw a man offer to sell his baby. When an officer arrived the man and his wife said they were just “making a funny video” and were not actually trying to sell their child.

2:03 a.m.: A maintenance worker at Mi Esperanza, 918 N. Central Avenue, said he found a panel in the back of the business open as if someone had been trying to steal copper wire. The worker said a man with a bike at the back of the business was involved with the theft. Police stopped one man that was cited and released for having a meth pipe.

5:07 a.m.: Police were called about a group of people having a loud argument in a car in the first block of Deerwood Lane. A police dispatcher could hear the group arguing over the phone. Police talked to a group and let everyone go, but had to return a half-hour later when the argument heated up again. The group left the area after police arrived for the second time.

8:12 a.m.: A security guard at Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, 1420 N. Tracy Boulevard, called police after a man threatened him with a knife outside the hospital. The man fled the scene on Bessie and went to Grace Church. A police officer found him in the lobby of the church and took him into custody in a bathroom at the church. The man said a woman had taken his property.

8:19: Someone at West Valley Mall, 3200 Naglee Road, said an Enterprise rental truck was up on milk crates and rocks missing all four wheels and tires. Police gave the mall a number if the rental company wanted to file a report.

9:23 a.m.: A caller said a homeless woman at the Tracy Transit Center, 50 E. Sixth Street was blocking a door and refusing to move keeping them from opening up for church. Police had the woman leave the area. About half an hour later the caller told police the homeless woman came back to the doorway and hit the caller in face. Police issued the woman a warning.

1:15 p.m.: A resident in the 200 block of Portico Lane said someone spray painted a face on her vehicle. The resident asked for extra patrols of the neighborhood because of the vandalism.

1:35 p.m. : Police were told about two Dodge Ram trucks with tires removed in a parking lot near the IHOP restaurant at West Valley Mall, 3200 Naglee Road. One truck was sitting on the axels the other had the lug nuts removed.

3:49 p.m.: A caller said a dog was tied to a fence at an abandoned home in the first block of E. 10th Street and had been whining and barking all day. Police left a seizure notice for the dog as it didn’t have access to shelter or water and was on a 5-foot-leash tied to the top of a fence.

4:55 p.m.: An older homeless man was sleeping at the back of the Bevmo store, 2860 W. Grant Line Road. Police had the man move along.

6 p.m.: A resident in the 500 block of Forest Hills Drive called police about a drone flying over and near his house for over an hour. The man told police at one point it hovered for 45 minutes over his home. Police went to the area and saw a drone hovering near a palm tree but did not see who was piloting it.

10:22 p.m.: A customer in AM-PM Mini mart said a man approached him and asked if he wanted to buy crystal meth. The man was with a woman that left the store and went into a car parked in front of the store. The car was gone when police arrived.

3:17 a.m.: A guest at the Econolodge, 3511 N. Tracy Boulevard, said an older man dressed in black was staring at her through the window. The woman said she asked the man to leave at least once. Police checked the area and surrounding businesses bu the man was gone.

6:39 a.m. A caller told police there were three tents set up in Dr. Powers park near the kindergarten playground. Police told three people to leave and left a message for oced enforcement officers.

9:55 a.m.: A property owner in the 2800 block of Holly Drive wanted to talk to the police about illegal dumping taking place at her property.

11:00 a.m.: A woman in the 1200 block of Newcastle Court said she thought her ex-boyfriend had damaged her car, putting nails under her tires, which she drove over, keying the vehicle and other damage.

2:58 p.m.: A man on the 1300 block of Bessie Avenue told police his ex-girlfriend was harassing his step daughter and posting fliers in the neighborhood stating that he is a child molester.

4:59 p.m.: A man in the 1200 block of Walnut Street said a neighbor was tossing cigarette butts and beer bottle caps into his back yard. The man said his neighbor had been gone for months and now that he was back he had started again.

5:34 p.m.: A caller said a there was man acting odd outside of the Chase Bank ATM, 691 W. 11th Street. The man was throwing his hands up and making other strange gestures. The man was gone when police arrived.

6:24 p.m. : An elderly woman sitting near the buses at the Tracy Transit Center, 50 E. 6th Street, said she “wants it in writing that she has to leave.” An officer talked to a transit center employee who said the woman could sit outside because she wasn’t bothering anyone.

7:10 p.m.: Someone stole $750 worth of alcohol from Safeway, 1801 W. 11th Street. Employees thought it was man that filled a shopping cart with bottles of alcohol and pushed it out of an emergency exit. The shoplifter was last seen running through the parking lot toward Corral Hollow Road.

11:02 p.m.: A driver in a blue Honda Odyssey struck a power pole at Corral Hollow Road and Parkside Drive and left a transformer on the pole sparking. The driver was able to get out of the SUV. Police believe the crash is connected to a call from about a half-hour earlier when police were called to Buffalo Wild Wings, 2790 Naglee Road for a man who had been drinking, two shots of alcohol and two beers, and refused efforts to get him a cab. He was last seen driving off in a blue Honda Odyssey onto Naglee Road. The man at the crash seen was arrested and an ambulance was called to take a blood sample.

5:57 p.m.: A person at West High called police to report that two dogs were in the agricultural education area in back of the school, creating havoc with the chickens and trying to get into their pen.

9:32 a.m.: Someone called 9-1-1 to report a possible incident at North School, 2875 Holly Drive. It turned out that the school was having a lockdown drill.

12:35 p.m.: Two cars collided at the intersection of Pebblebrooke Drive and Valpico Road. Police called an ambulance for one of the drivers, who complained of arm pain, and one of the cars had to be towed away.

6:32 p.m.: A woman told police that a man who had followed her around inside of Safeway, 1801 W. 11th St., followed her out to her car and tried to grab her as she put her groceries in her car. Police got a description of the man and took a report.

8:33 p.m.: A woman called police because she needed to get into the room where she was staying at Motel 6, 3810 N. Tracy Blvd., but the manager would not let her in. It turned out that the room was registered to her “friend,” but she could not remember the friend’s name.

8:36 p.m.: A woman at Motel 6, 3810 N. Tracy Blvd., reported that someone was banging on the windows and door of her room, but she wasn’t expecting anyone. She noted that a woman, who appeared to be high on drugs, demanded a lighter and tried to kick the door down. Police arrived and took a report.

9:32 p.m.: Police and medics responded to the 1800 block of North MacArthur Drive after a car flipped over, and witnesses reported that a man was bleeding from the forehead and hands. The crash also sheared off a fire hydrant, causing a flood in the roadway. Police arrested one person on suspicion of drunken driving and the car had to be towed away.

9:35 p.m.: A woman called police to report that a truck had just crashed into her son’s car and another car on the 400 block of Glenbriar Circle. Another caller reported that the driver of the truck had been driving recklessly before the crash, and the driver was trying to leave the scene. No serious injuries were reported, but police did make an arrest for driving under the influence and they impounded the truck.

12:47 a.m.: The staff at Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, 1420 N. Tracy Blvd., said a patient was being hostile and aggressive and had threatened to suffocate a nurse. They told the police the man was there for a small wound bleeding on his head. Hospital security was standing by outside his room. Police talked to the patient, who did not seem to be a threat and said he would cooperate with staff.

3:10 a.m.: A woman went into Safeway, 1801 W. 11th St., and drank half a bottle of vodka. Employees said they saw the woman stumble out of the store and across the street to a church parking lot. Police found the woman and arrested her for being drunk in public.

6:07 a.m.: Employees at Nations, 3574 N. Tracy Blvd., called police about a man who had been sitting in the restaurant for four hours. The man was wearing a mask that covered half his face and he was seated next to the soda machines. Police arrested the man on a no-bail warrant for violating a restraining order.

9:21 a.m.: A young girl was struck by a car near Monte Vista Middle School, 751 W. Lowell Ave. The girl was not injured and the car, a red Hyundai Sonata, left the area. A witness took a picture of the car and license plate.

10:11 a.m.: A woman said a man wearing red broke into her pickup truck and stole her wallet while she was at Zanussi Park, 1500 Promenade Circle. She said he ran to a nearby home.

10:16 a.m.: Someone reported seeing a video on social media of a student at a local high school getting her 10-year-old brother high.

12:44 p.m.: A Honda Accord was reported as stolen from a home in the 600 block of North C Street.

1:53 p.m.: A man said his bicycle was stolen by another man on the 1300 block of Holly Drive. He said the other man pushed him away when he tried to stop him and he needed an ambulance because he was short of breath. The suspect was described as more than 6 feet tall, wearing a trench coat and riding the stolen bike.

3:08 p.m.: A caller said that homeless people in a tent at Dr. Powers Park, 900 W. Lowell Ave., were staring inappropriately at students leaving school. The caller wanted them moved along. Police arrested a man who had a warrant out for his arrest.

5:25 p.m.: Police were called to the area of Holly Drive and Interstate 205 for man in his 50s masturbating with his pants down around his ankles as he faced traffic on the freeway. The man was gone when police arrived.

7:05 p.m.: A young man inside 99 Cents Only, 1320 W.11th St., was reportedly threatening to beat up customers. The man left the store and police couldn’t find him in the parking lot.

7:56 p.m.: Employees at Michael’s, 2940 W. Grant Line Road, wanted the police to issue a trespassing warning to a homeless man living between buildings in the shopping center. The man had started a fire in the parking lot earlier in the week and was doing something in a planter box, according to the employees. Police found the man and told him to stay out of the area.

10:22 p.m.: A woman on the 1000 block of Kapariel Drive said there were people smoking marijuana in a maroon Honda Civic parked on a street next to her home. She said they also broke glass against her fence. Police found the car after it drove away and said no one was smoking drugs.

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