Tracy Police Department

A teller reported at 5:39 p.m. on Tuesday that a black man handed them a note for $5,000 in an envelope at US Bank inside Raley’s supermarket, 2550 S. Tracy Blvd. The caller said she and another employee were there at the time and that he threatened to have a gun. He told her, “Don’t do anything stupid, I’m still watching you.” The teller said they didn’t have $5,000 and cleared out the draws of $2,000. The caller said he told her someone was watching and left through the doors near the coffee shop. According to police the man was either black or Hispanic, heavy build, facial hair, wearing an Oakland A’s baseball cap and a black hoodie sweatshirt with “Alcatraz Swim Team” on it.

Tracy police received 1,522 calls for service from Nov. 21 through Tuesday. The following is a sampling of those calls as they were documented in real time.

Wednesday

12:32 a.m.: Police arrested a 38-year-old man on warrants after a traffic stop on the 3500 block of North Tracy Boulevard.

12:34 a.m.: A caller reported finding a man going through his vehicle and a neighbor’s vehicle on the 700 block of Potsgrove Place. He said the man ran when he saw him and drove off a small black car toward Tracy Boulevard.

7:07 a.m.: Community mailboxes were reportedly broken into on the 1000 block of Tarrogana Drive and the 1100 block of Kapariel Drive.

7:34 a.m.: A caller reported that someone stole his bicycle at Chesapeake Bay Apartments, 2941 W. Lowell Ave.

7:36 a.m.: A caller reported that someone broke into a truck and took power tools on the 100 block of Mount Hamilton Drive.

8:16 a.m.: A vehicle burglary was reported on the 700 block of Buckinghorse Drive.

10:01 a.m.: Someone reported a broken window at Dila Furniture, 1150 W. 11th St.

10:44 a.m.: A caller requested extra patrols after someone broke locks and chains at the Tracy SDA Christian Elementary School, 126 W. 21st St.

12:11 p.m.: A woman reported that someone broke into her vehicle on the 200 block of East Grant Line Road and took credit cards, which had already been used at multiple locations.

3:00 p.m.: A caller reported the theft of a catalytic converter on the 2400 block of Choisser Court.

3:48 p.m.: A woman called and said that two men followed her 11-year-old daughter as she walked home from North School, 2875 Holly Drive. According to the mother, they asked her to go over to them and said, “We just want to ask you a question, don’t be scared. We’re not going to do anything to you.” She said they were both 18 years old, one black and the other white with long hair. Police are investigating.

Tuesday

1:51 a.m.: Police arrested a 33-year-old man on suspicion of graffiti on the 300 block of West 23rd Street.

9:51 a.m.: Police gave a warning after a caller reported a neighbor burning trash in a backyard on the 2800 block of Georgia Drive.

12:46 p.m.: A man told police that someone had called him and sent Facebook messages saying that his girlfriend had been kidnapped while she was on vacation in Turkey. He said the person was demanding a ransom for her return. The caller said the messages started Saturday, two days after he last heard from her. Police are investigating.

2:32 p.m.: Someone reported a bonfire at a homeless encampment on the 400 block of West Valpico Road between International Paper and Tracy Self Storage. The fire department was notified.

3:51 p.m.: A caller reported that a Hispanic man in his 20s wearing red shorts and a black hoodie banged on their door on the 400 block of Ventana Avenue. When the caller’s father opened the door, the man asked to be let in and said he was being chased. A second Hispanic man in his 20s could be seen standing across the street. The father turned him away, and both men continued walking on Ventana Avenue toward MacArthur Drive.

4 p.m.: A resident called and said that someone took $336 worth of packages off her porch on the 1500 block of Marine Court. She canceled the call after learning that a neighbor took the packages to prevent their theft.

4:36 p.m.: Someone called and reported a black man with dreadlocks waving a gun around at Home Depot, 2461 Naglee Road. Police tried to call the person back, but all of the calls went straight to voicemail. Police checked the area around Home Depot and it appeared to be business as usual. An employee collecting shopping carts hadn’t heard or seen anything out of the ordinary. Police determined that the call was made as part of a theft at West Valley Mall to draw officers away so they could make their escape. A car with the suspected thieves was stopped on a rural road about a mile away from the mall.

7:40 p.m.: A caller reported that someone smashed vehicle windows outside Straw Hat Pizza, 3228 N. Tracy Blvd.

9:51 p.m.: Police responded to a call about a possible dog attack near Hemmingway Court and Russell Street. One caller said she heard people screaming and dogs barking. She said she thought the neighbor’s “vicious” pit bull got loose. The dog’s owner told the police he got pepper-sprayed in the face by a neighbor. The neighbor called to say she tried to stop the dog with pepper spray and she sprayed the dog’s owner by accident. No one wanted medical attention. Police are investigating.

Monday

7:05 a.m.: Police arrested a 37-year-old woman on warrants after a pedestrian stop on the 2300 block of West Grant Line Road.

8:41 a.m.: A caller reported that someone threw a brick through their windshield on the 200 block of East Whittier Avenue.

9:23 a.m.: A man was served a warrant for several charges after Tracy police, the San Joaquin County Delta Regional Auto Theft Task Force and other valley law enforcement conducted a stolen car sting near Third and B streets. The officers watched as a man got into a car that was reportedly stolen out of Santa Clara County. They followed the car through the city and into the parking lot of Walmart. In the shopping center, police cars waited at the entrances as other officers stopped the driver. Police checked and found that the man was wanted on a Tracy warrant.

11:37 a.m.: During a probation search on a warrant, a man wanted on several warrants was found hiding in a crawl space inside a home on the 2500 block of Colony Drive. Tracy officers, with the help of Delta R.A.T.T., breached the front door and sent in a police dog. The dog found the man inside and he was arrested and treated for a dog bite.

1:45 p.m.: A woman reported that a man approached her daughter and asked her for help getting gasoline into his van near Tracy Boulevard and Valpico Road. The caller said there was another man sitting in the van and a male customer nearby whom he didn’t approach for help. She described the man as Hispanic with all black clothing, driving a big white van with screens over the windows. It was unknown which direction the van went, but the caller wanted the police to be aware of the incident.

2:38 p.m.: A caller reported that someone stole a generator and an air compressor from Chevron, 3400 N. MacArthur Drive.

4:22 p.m.: A caller reported that an employee found a bullet in front of the door at The Wine Group, 4596 S. Tracy Blvd.

5:01 p.m.: Someone reported a tan dog with a belt with duct tape around its neck running loose near Fourth Street and Central Avenue. Animal Services looked for the dog but did not find it.

5:17 p.m.: Police received calls about gunshots on the 200 block of West Street. One of the callers said someone wearing a black hoodie had a small handgun. Another person said their son had been shot by a black man about 20 years old who was seen leaving the area on foot with some other people. No arrests were reported.

9:05 p.m.: An employee of Owens Glass, 14700 W. Schulte Road, reported that a co-worker had been mugged in the parking lot. The call was given to the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department.

9:22 p.m.: A caller reported in Spanish that a man tried to grope his mother and take her phone while she was walking on the 2100 block of Lincoln Boulevard. The only description they had was that he was wearing red shoes.

Sunday

8:35 a.m.: A caller reported that someone had taken a company truck from Hillside Drilling, 3460 Cabrillo Court. The caller said the truck had a toolbox and the words “American Asphalt” on the side.

9:54 a.m.: A caller told dispatchers that a white pit bull with black spots bit her hand and her finger was hanging off at Tracy Press Park, 831 Weeping Willow Lane. Someone else told the police that the dog owner left on Weeping Willow Lane. An ambulance took the victim to Sutter Tracy Community Hospital for treatment. Police left a notice at a house where the dogs were believed to live.

10:43 a.m.: Extra patrols were requested on the 2900 block of Colony Drive after someone broke into a vehicle there.

12:21 p.m.: A caller reported that someone grabbed more than $1,000 in merchandise and ran out of Macy’s, 3400 Naglee Road. The caller said the store had video of the thief.

1:28 p.m.: Police arrested a 52-year-old man on warrants on the 4500 block of South Lammers Road.

2:31 p.m.: An employee at McDonald’s, 1820 W. 11th St., called and said that a black man in a gray shirt and shorts hit her and took a customer’s iPhone. She said the man was yelling at her about a refund and then hit her and left. The victim went to Sutter Tracy Community Hospital for a bleeding lip. Police took the surveillance video.

4:24 p.m.: A caller at Target, 2800 Naglee Road, reported that someone broke into a vehicle, stole gifts and tampered with the ignition, possibly in an attempt to take the vehicle.

6:32 p.m.: A passer-by reported that a 17- or 18-year-old Hispanic female with an emoji blanket and black boots was trying to jump in front of cars at the Tracy Transit Station, 50 E. Sixth St. The person said a male was trying to hold her back. She was seen near Central Avenue and Second Street a few minutes later. Police were unable to find her.

10:01 p.m.: Police arrested a 19-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman after a caller reported that two men and a woman committed a home invasion on the 200 block of West Lowell Avenue. A caller told the police the three went into the house with hoodies over their faces and the woman had a handgun. One of the men walked into the caller’s sister’s room and asked where the family’s Christmas tree was. The three left without taking anything. Police surrounded the area and caught one of the men and the woman.

Saturday

1:07 a.m.: A caller reported that someone broke into her vehicle on the 1800 block of North Tracy Boulevard while she was away on vacation.

4:53 a.m.: A passer-by called and said they noticed a pickup in a ditch near Larch and Naglee roads. Police checked and the driver said the truck was stuck in the mud and they were waiting for the ground to dry out.

8:29 a.m.: A vehicle was reported as stolen during the night on the 2100 block of Olympic Avenue.

11:53 a.m.: A caller reported that a man wearing all black took a drill worth $279. 99 from Napa Auto Parts, 80 E. 11th St., and left in a white car.

3:55 p.m.: A caller reported that a man carrying a sword in a long sheath was showing the sword to people on the 1900 block of West 11th Street. Police checked and found that the sword was plastic.

9:14 p.m.: Someone reportedly aimed a green laser at airplanes near 11th Street and Corral Hollow Road. Police did not find anyone.

10:23 p.m.: Police arrested a 35-year-old woman on suspicion of driving under the influence after an accident on the 2500 block of Colony Drive.

11:26 p.m.: A man called and said that another man slashed his girlfriend’s tires on the 1100 block of Bogart Court. Police talked to both men and neither one wanted to make a police report

Friday

10:10 a.m.: A caller reported that the back window of their vehicle was broken and a backpack was stolen on the 2400 block of Naglee Road.

10:52 a.m.: A caller reported that it appeared someone had driven through a fence and knocked down a pole at Tracy Learning Center, 51 E. Beverly Place.

11:27 a.m.: A caller told the police she wanted them to be aware of burglaries in her area after her car was broken into on the 300 block of Alvarado Way. She said her neighbor saw kids around her unlocked car at 4:30 a.m., and when she checked, she was missing a gift card.

11:43 a.m.: A caller on the 2900 block of Misty Meadows Drive reported that their 18-year-old daughter received a cashier’s check for more than $1,000 for a book she was selling for $30. The daughter did not cash the check, which came from an address in Montana. The check was destroyed and the daughter was advised not to respond to the buyer.

12:15 p.m.: A caller reported that someone tried to pass a counterfeit $100 bill at In-N-Out Burger, 575 W. Clover Road. The caller said he took the bill back and was seen getting into a gray car.

4:17 p.m.: Police arrested a 36-year-old man on several warrants after a traffic stop near B and Ninth streets.

6:51 p.m.: A caller at International Paper, 400 W. Valpico Road, reported that someone was inside the plant and the supervisor was chasing them. The person was gone before police arrived.

6:58 p.m.: A woman called and said that a salesman went to her door on the 200 block of East Highland Avenue, and when she asked what he was there for, he said, “Your Mercedes,” as if in jest. She told the police she didn’t have a Mercedes, but she wanted extra patrols in the area.

7:55 p.m.: A man reported that about $300 in packages were missing from the front of his house on the 1500 block of Promenade Circle.

Nov. 22

12:09 a.m.: Police arrested a 35-year-old man on a warrant after someone reported a loud party on the 2300 block of Bessie Avenue.

7:15 a.m.: A caller reported that someone took four tires off a vehicle on the 3600 block of Payton Lane.

8:51 a.m.: The fire department was notified about a fence that was reportedly smoking at 585 W. 11th St.

11:22 a.m.: A caller reported that someone broke into their truck and took a cellphone and cash on the 100 block of East Emerson Avenue.

11:35 a.m.: A caller told police that someone kept keying their vehicle on the 800 block of Saffron Drive.

1:06 p.m.: A caller reported that a woman who was walking in the middle of the street with a shopping cart rammed the cart into their vehicle near the Microtel Inn, 861 W. Clover Road. The caller said the woman also threw a water jug at another driver who was pulling out of the hotel. The caller did not want to seek prosecution for the minor damage to the vehicle but did want the police to talk to the woman.

3:09 p.m.: Someone reported a two-vehicle accident where one vehicle ended up on top of the other on the 1700 block of East Street.

8:49 p.m.: Police arrested a 29-year-old man on suspicion of driving under the influence after a traffic stop near Hollywood and Mae avenues. A vehicle was towed.

9:34 p.m.: A caller reported that two males stole four Play Station 4 games from Best Buy, 2550 Naglee Road. They were seen getting into a vehicle and leaving the mall area. The caller said a third man who left the store a few minutes later might also be involved.

Nov. 21

5:44 a.m.: Police arrested a 38-year-old woman on warrants after a caller reported a burglary on the 1700 block of Sequoia Boulevard.

11:12 a.m.: A caller reported that someone keyed their Ford Mustang and slashed the tires on the 5600 block of Hood Way.

1:17 p.m.: A woman on the 1000 block of Vernon Berry Lane called the police and said she had just returned home after several days away and found that someone had been inside. She said she found the garage door open, the house “tossed” and the garage side door apparently kicked in. Police checked to make sure that no one was in the house.

2:10 p.m.: An officer reported that a citizen saw a decapitated dog in a dumpster behind a store on the 2400 block of Naglee Road. Police checked and found that the dog was not missing its head. Animal control was advised.

3:45 p.m.: A store employee reported that a man tried to take a hair straightener from Cosmos Professionals, 804 W. 11th St. She said she followed him outside and told him to return the tool and he did, but he was still hanging around outside the store. She wanted the police to warn him to stay away from the store.

5:23 p.m.: A caller on the 500 block of Ventana Avenue reported that someone was at her door around 4:45 p.m., and when she didn’t answer right away, he put a white piece of paper on the bushes. Then she opened the door and the man picked up the paper and told her he was from Pacific Gas and Electric Co. She said she noticed white pieces of paper on the bushes at neighbor’s houses where no one was home. She described the man as 18-20 years old, Hispanic or Asian, with dark skin, black eyes and all black clothing, carrying a binder. He reportedly had another man with him.

5:45 p.m.: Police arrested two men, ages 52 and 29, on warrants after a traffic stop near Naglee Road and Pavilion Parkway. A vehicle was towed.

5:49 p.m.: Police received two online reports within five minutes about thefts from vehicles, the first on the 1000 block of Beaconfield Court and the second on the 900 block of Alden Glen Drive.

6:57 p.m.: Police were called to an argument in the parking lot at Nation’s, 3574 N. Tracy Blvd. A man said the driver of an SUV had parked too close to his car and he couldn’t get in, and when he asked the other driver to move the SUV, he said he couldn’t because he was drunk.

8:51 p.m.: A JCPenney employee reported that men in hoodies grabbed Levi’s jeans and ran out of the store at 3100 Naglee Road. The employee said another customer chased them, but the employee couldn’t leave the store to follow. The alleged shoplifters might be linked to a black Dodge Durango.

9:29 p.m.: Police arrested a 32-year-old man on warrants after a pedestrian stop on the 700 block of Palm Circle

This column includes a sample of items as reported in the Tracy Police Department dispatcher’s daily log. Additional information is based on reports from officers and other law enforcement agencies. Charges may have been added or dropped as of press time, and all suspects are assumed innocent until proven guilty. To report information anonymously about a crime: Crime Stoppers, 831-6847.

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