The Blotter Highlights ending January 28, 2024

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ROBBERIES AND ATTEMPTED ROBBERIES

On Friday, January 19th, at approximately 8:15 p.m., officers responded to a robbery in the 1600 block of Decoto Road.  Five suspects entered two stores within minutes of each other and stole money from the cash registers.  The suspects were a Black female juvenile, a Black male juvenile, and a Hispanic male juvenile, along with two additional unknown suspects.  They all fled in a black Kia. 

On Monday, January 22nd, at approximately 11:50 a.m., officers responded to a robbery in the 30000 block of Dyer Street.  Three unknown Black males, 20-25 years old, wearing dark-colored hoodies and surgical masks, entered the money center and produced a note stating they had a gun and demanded money. Employees handed over the cash, and the suspects fled on foot. 

On Friday, January 26th, at approximately 5:30 a.m., officers responded to two consecutive robberies in the 34600 block of Alvarado Niles Road.  Two suspects, described as either Hispanic or Black and in their twenties, entered the businesses and stole the cash registers.  In one, they battered an employee.  They fled in a gray vehicle.

ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON

On Tuesday, January 16th, at approximately 9:00 a.m., a maintenance worker hailed an officer in the 2500 block of Medallion Drive. The worker told police that he was repairing a resident's door when suddenly, a male appeared from the bedroom, claiming the worker had stolen from him.  The suspect brandished a knife at the victim and attempted to stab him several times.  Officers located the suspect still inside his residence and placed him under arrest for assault with a deadly weapon. 

On Tuesday, January 23rd, at approximately 9:00 p.m., officers responded to an assault in the 32400 block of Dyer Street.  Completely unprovoked, the suspect approached the victim with an 18-inch machete and held it to the victim's throat. The victim quickly disarmed the suspect and entered a business for refuge.  The suspect followed the victim into the business but quickly fled. The suspect was described as a bald Asian male in his thirties, wearing a blue shirt.

POSSESSION OF A FIREARM 

On Thursday, January 18th, at approximately 5:40 p.m., officers contacted a subject sleeping behind the wheel of his vehicle on Alvarado Niles Road and Decoto Road.  The vehicle was still in “drive” when he was contacted.  The driver displayed objective signs of alcohol intoxication and refused to submit to tests.  Due to his probation status, officers searched the car and found a firearm on the floor of the vehicle.  Officers placed him under arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol and possession of a loaded firearm.

DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE

On Tuesday, January 16th, at approximately 10:52 p.m., officers responded to a vehicle collision in the 2000 block of Decoto Road.  Officers contacted the driver, who displayed signs of intoxication.  She failed field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol. 

BURGLARIES AND CAR THEFTS


RESIDENTIAL BURGLARIES

From Monday, January 15th, to Sunday, January 28th, there were eight residential burglaries reported.  

COMMERCIAL BURGLERIES

From Monday, January 15th, to Sunday, January 28th, there were four commercial burglaries reported. 

AUTO BURGLARIES AND VEHICLE THEFTS

From Monday, January 15th, to Sunday, January 28th, there were twenty-six auto burglaries reported.  Eight of them occurred at Union Landing and the rest occurred in residential areas. 

From Monday, January 15th, to Sunday, January 28th, there were sixteen 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.