The Blotter Highlights ending January 14, 2024

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Union City Police Department


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PROACTIVE ENFORCEMENT

On Sunday, January 14th, at approximately 8:30 p.m., officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle with expired registration on Whipple Road and Huntwood Avenue. During an inventory search of the car, officers found fentanyl along with evidence of drug sales. Officers arrested both occupants for drug possession.

ROBBERIES AND ATTEMPTED ROBBERIES

On Friday, January 1st, at approximately 6:40 p.m., officers responded to a robbery at a business in the 1700 block of Whipple Road. The suspect held up the clerk at gunpoint and stole cash. He was described as a short Hispanic male adult armed with two pistols.

On Friday, January 5th, at approximately 8:00 p.m., officers responded to a robbery in the 33600 block of 6th Street. As the victim arrived home from the grocery store, a heavy-set Black male with a black bandana covering his face pointed a firearm at the victim and demanded cash. The victim handed the suspect cash, and the suspect fled on foot.

On Sunday, January 7th, at approximately 9:47 p.m., officers responded to three robberies within minutes of each other on Decoto Road. The suspects drove up in a black sedan, entered the store, and stole beer and cash registers. In one robbery, the suspects threatened the clerk with a knife. The suspects were described as a Hispanic male, 16-18 years old, a Black female, 17 years old, and two additional Black males, 14-19 years old.

CARJACKING AND ROBBERY

On Friday, January 5th, at approximately 9:00 p.m., officers responded to a carjacking on Gemini Drive and Uranus Drive. While driving on Gemini Dr and Uranus Dr, the suspect flagged the victim down to get him to stop. Once halted, he brandished an AR15 style rifle at the victim while ordering him out of the car. A second suspect carrying a similar firearm appeared, and both suspects fled in the victim's vehicle. The victim described the suspects as two Black males, between sixteen and thirty years of age, between 5'10" and 6'00" tall and weighing about 170 pounds. The victim's vehicle was found abandoned about an hour later.

ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON

On Friday, January 12th, at approximately 2:40 pm., officers responded to an assault at a Union Landing business. Store security asked a male to leave after they saw him stealing items. As the suspect fled the parking lot, he drove towards two employees, striking one of them because they were filming him. Thankfully, the employee was uninjured. Witnesses described the suspect as a 40-year-old Black male, about 6'2" tall. He fled in a brown Audi with front-end damage.

DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE

On Monday, January 1st, at approximately 1:40 a.m., officers conducted a traffic stop on Alvarado Boulevard and Lowry Road for a moving violation. Upon contact, the driver exhibited signs of alcohol intoxication and was subsequently arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.

On Sunday, January 7th, at approximately 1:43 a.m., Officer Moya stopped a vehicle on Medallion Drive and Crest Lane after making an unsafe lane change. The driver displayed objective signs of intoxication, admitted to consuming alcohol before driving and was arrested for driving under the influence.

On Wednesday, January 10th, at approximately 1:00 a.m., officers responded to a welfare check on 2nd and E Streets. A juvenile called 911 to report that she was in the car with her mom, who was driving while intoxicated. The juvenile, out of fear for her safety, jumped out of the car at a stop sign and fled to call the police. Officers contacted the driver, who smelled of alcohol and later provided a breath sample that was almost twice the legal limit. Officers released the juvenile to a family member and placed the mother under arrest for driving under the influence and child endangerment.

On Friday, January 12th, at approximately 11:00 p.m., officers responded to a collision in front of a Union Landing business. The caller told police a vehicle crashed into a tree on Dyer Street. Officers arrived and quickly determined the driver was too intoxicated, so he was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.

On Sunday, January 14th, at approximately 11:14 p.m., officers responded to a vehicle collision on Whipple Road and Railroad Avenue. Officers contacted the driver, determined he was intoxicated, and arrested him for driving under the influence of alcohol.

BURGLARIES AND CAR THEFTS


RESIDENTIAL BURGLARIES

From Monday, January1st, to Sunday, January 14th, there were fifteen residential burglaries reported. 

COMMERCIAL BURGLERIES

From Monday, January1st, to Sunday, January 14th, there were ten commercial burglaries reported. 

AUTO BURGLARIES AND VEHICLE THEFTS

From Monday, January1st, to Sunday, January 14th, there were twenty-eight auto burglaries reported. Nine of them occurred at Union Landing and the rest occurred in residential areas.

From Monday, January1st, to Sunday, January 14th, there were nineteen reported vehicle thefts. As of the time of this report, nine 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 

Scams and fraud | USAGov
www.usa.gov/scams-and-frauds 

Consumer Fraud Reporting 

Current 2024 Top 10 List of Scams and Frauds (consumerfraudreporting.org)

AARP: 

6 Top Scams You Need to Watch Out for in 2024 (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.