The Blotter Highlights ending January 15, 2023

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On Wednesday, January 4th, at approximately 3:30 a.m., Officer Benard was on patrol in the 32100 block of Alvarado Boulevard when he noticed a suspicious vehicle.   A records check of the vehicle's license plate revealed the car was reported stolen. The two occupants parked the car and exited but were contacted by responding officers and ultimately arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle.

On Wednesday, January 4th, at approximately 4:00 p.m., Field Training Officer Olson and Officer Hammad saw a subject seated in the driver seat of an older model Chevy pickup on Tamarack Drive and Sumac Street. When they turned around to contact the occupant, he exited the vehicle and sat on the porch of a house in the area. Officer Hammad inquired into the truck's VIN, and it returned stolen out of Oakdale. The subject was contacted and eventually placed under arrest for possession of the stolen property.

On Sunday, January 15th, at approximately 6:30 p.m., Field Training Officer (FTO) Noyd conducted a pedestrian stop on Dyer Street and Alvarado Boulevard. During the contact, the subject walked away from FTO Noyd and threw contraband into a neighboring yard. FTO Noyd detained the suspect and later recovered the discarded cocaine and marijuana from the yard.


On Friday, January 6th, at approximately 11:30 p.m., officers responded to the report of gunfire in the 4500 block of Ellen Way. When they arrived, officers found evidence of a shooting. No injuries were reported.

On Sunday, January 15th, at approximately 3:20 a.m., officers were dispatched to the report of gunshots heard on Union City Boulevard and Alvarado Boulevard. The shooter struck four homes and a vehicle. No injuries were reported.


On Monday, January 9th, at approximately 5:00 a.m., officers responded to an in-progress theft in the 32400 block of Almaden Boulevard. The victim heard a grinding noise coming from his vehicle and discovered two suspects in the process of stealing his catalytic converter. The victim confronted them. One suspect, armed with a Sawzall, swung the weapon at the victim and tried striking him with it. The victim got away, and the suspects fled in a black car with the catalytic converter. Both suspects were Hispanic male adults wearing dark clothing.

On Wednesday, January 11th, at approximately 4:00 p.m., officers responded to a robbery on Smith and Fredi Streets. The suspect pulled up behind the victim as she parked, broke the passenger window, reached into the car, and stole her purse. He then fled in an awaiting white sedan. The suspect was described as a masked Black male, 20-28 years old, 6' 2" tall, and weighing 180 pounds.


On Tuesday, January 3rd, at approximately 3:00 p.m., officers responded to weapon brandishing in the 34500 block of Alvarado Niles Road. The victim was sitting in his vehicle and noticed the suspect peeking through the back passenger window. When the victim confronted him, the suspect brandished a knife and threatened to stab the victim. The suspect fled on foot but was quickly found and arrested by officers.


On Sunday, January 8th, at approximately 10:00 p.m., officers responded to a collision on Decoto Rd near 11th St. Officers discovered the vehicle collided with one of the railroad crossing arms and knocked down a traffic signal light. The driver was not injured but displayed objective symptoms of alcohol intoxication, so he was arrested for driving under the influence.

On Tuesday, January 10th, at approximately 10:00 p.m., officers responded to a collision on Mission Boulevard and Hollyleaf Lane. During the investigation, officers determined one driver was impaired, so they arrested him for driving under the influence of alcohol.



From Monday, January 3rd, to Sunday, January 15th, there were no residential burglaries reported.


From Monday, January 3rd, to Sunday, January 15th, there were four commercial burglaries reported.  


From Monday, January 3rd, to Sunday, January 15th, there were fourteen reported auto burglaries.  Four of the burglaries occurred at the Union Landing shopping center, and the rest were in residential areas. 

From Monday, January 3rd, to Sunday, January 15th, there were fifteen reported vehicle thefts. As of the time of this report, eight of the vehicles have been recovered.



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