The Blotter Highlights ending December 31, 2023

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PROACTIVE ENFORCEMENT

On Friday, December 22nd, at approximately 1:10 a.m., Officer Ross conducted a traffic stop on Alvarado Niles Road and Interstate 880.  A record check of the driver revealed he had an outstanding warrant for a parole violation.  Officer Ross searched the subject and found more than 11 grams of Fentanyl.  He was eventually booked for the warrant and drug possession.

ROBBERIES AND ATTEMPTED ROBBERIES

On Wednesday, December 20th, at approximately 9:00 p.m., officers responded to a robbery in the 1800 block of Whipple Road.  Three masked men entered the business, stole the cash register, and fled in a stolen Hyundai.  Witnesses described all three suspects as Black males, about 6'00" tall.

On Thursday, December 21st, at 4:30 a.m., officers responded to a robbery attempt in the 4300 block of Redlands Street.  The suspect approached the victim in her driveway and demanded her keys.  The victim refused to hand over the keys and began yelling for help.  The suspect, an unknown race male, abut 30-40 years old, panicked and fled on foot.

On Saturday, December 23rd, at approximately 7:04 p.m., officers responded to an armed robbery in the 3100 block of San Ramon Court.  A black 4-door sedan pulled in behind the victim as he parked his car. The passenger exited wearing a black ski mask, pointed a black semi-auto handgun at the victim, and stole the victim's wallet. The suspects and vehicle fled towards Santa Maria Drive and were not located.  

On New Year's Eve, at approximately 7:37 p.m., two masked suspects entered a business in the 31900 block of Alvardo Boulevard and stole about $2,000 worth of cigarettes.  During the theft, the suspects threatened to shoot the victim if he interfered.  The suspects fled in an awaiting gray vehicle.

ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON  

On Sunday, December 31st, at approximately 5:04 p.m., officers responded to an assault between a landlord and his tenant in the 400 block of Riviera Drive.  The argument was over unpaid rent.  It quickly escalated when the landlord pointed a firearm at the victim's head and threatened to shoot him if he did not leave the residence.  The victim, in fear for his life, left the house and notified the police.  When officers arrived, the landlord was already gone.  The following day, detectives obtained a warrant and responded to the suspect's residence.  The suspect refused to come out of his residence, and after several hours, he finally exited and was arrested by detectives.

DRUG POSSESSION 

On Sunday, December 24th, at approximately 1:07 a.m., officers responded to the report of a man starting a fire behind a business in the 32300 block of Dyer Street.  Upon contact, officers learned the subject had four outstanding misdemeanor warrants for his arrest.  During a search, officers located more than 21 grams of suspected fentanyl, and placed him under arrest for drug possession.

DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE

On Tuesday, December 19th, at approximately 9:30 p.m., officers responded to a vehicle collision in the 33400 block of Madelyn Terrace.  Offices contacted the driver, who admitted to consuming alcohol before driving.  After failing sobriety tests, officers placed him under arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI).

On Saturday, December 23rd, at approximately 2:21 a.m., officers conducted a traffic stop on Decoto Road and 3rd Street.  Upon contact with the driver, the officers determined the driver was intoxicated and placed her under arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol.

On Tuesday, December 30th, officers jailed three individuals for driving under the influence.  The first arrest occurred just after midnight at 11th Street and Decoto.  Officers located a vehicle with major front-end and tire damage.  They ultimately determined the driver was under the influence of an alcoholic beverage and arrested him.

On Tuesday, December 30th, a second DUI occurred at Union Square and Alvarado Niles Road at about 12:30 a.m.  The female driver performed poorly during field sobriety tests and admitted to ingesting cocaine before driving.  Officers placed her under arrest for DUI.

On Tuesday, December 30th, a third DUI arrest occurred at Alvarado Niles Road and Central Avenue at around 1:30 a.m.  While driving back from the jail, an officer came across an abandoned car after it crashed into a UC Transit bus stop.  The driver eventually made it back to his car, and officers arrested him for driving under the influence and hit and run.


BURGLARIES AND CAR THEFTS


RESIDENTIAL BURGLARIES

From Monday, December 18th, to Sunday, December 31st, there were five residential burglaries reported.

COMMERCIAL BURGLERIES

From Monday, December 18th, to Sunday, December 31st, there were five commercial burglaries reported.

AUTO BURGLARIES AND VEHICLE THEFTS

From Monday, December 18th, to Sunday, December 31st, there were twenty burglaries reported.  Six of them occurred at Union Landing and the rest occurred in residential areas.

From Monday, December 18th, to Sunday, December 31st, there were thirty reported vehicle thefts. As of the time of this report, twelve of the vehicles have been recovered.


SAFETY TIP:

As a reminder, never leave items of value inside your vehicle! Please see this alert with safety tips on how to prevent auto burglaries and thefts: http://nixle.com/alert/5548374/

RECENT SCAMS/CRIME TRENDS:

Stay updated on recent scams by visiting these sites: 

USA.gov 

2023 scams - USA.gov Search Results
Scams and fraud - USA.gov Search Results
www.usa.gov/scams-and-frauds 
www.usa.gov/covid-scams

Consumer Fraud Reporting 

Current 2023 Top 10 List of Scams and Frauds (consumerfraudreporting.org) 

AARP: 

Here Are 7 Top Scams You Should Watch Out for in 2023 (aarp.org) 

Anyone with information on local crime or any of the listed incidents should contact the Investigations Division at 510-675-5275. Those wishing to remain anonymous can contact the tips line by calling 510-675-5207 or email tips@unioncity.org. Please note that messages left after regular business hours or on the weekend will not be received until the next business day. If you are calling to report a crime that is currently occurring, call 911.