A staff member at Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, 1420 N. Tracy Blvd., called at 7:50 p.m. May 30 to tell the police about a 50-year-old-man who turned up at the emergency room with a gunshot wound to his foot. The man said he and a friend had been playing with a gun. Police determined that it happened in a field off Highway 4, outside the city limits, and turned the case over to the sheriff’s office.

Tracy police received 1,571 calls for service from May 30 through Wednesday. The following is a sampling of those calls as they were documented in real time.


12:56 a.m.: A man who allegedly tried to steal a car in the 1200 block of Sequoia Blvd., crashed into a parked car and was injured. Residents on the block said they heard tires squealing and the sound of an impact and found the man laying in the road injured.

4:18 a.m.: A caller in the 4700 block of Dandelion Loop said two men and a woman were going through recyclable totes and walking up driveways.

8:43 a.m.: A homeless camp with about six people living in it was reported behind Coldwell Banker, 1486 W. 11th Street. The encampment had been there for several weeks.

2:21 p.m.: Someone stole the flowers out of the flower pots at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, 715 N. Central Avenue. The theatre said they had a video recording of the person that stole the flowers.

3:52 p.m.: Two patients at New Hope Care Center, 2586 Buthman Avenue, were in a fight. The patients were roommates and the fight had to be reported to police even though no one was injured.

4:33 p.m.: A caller said there was a homeless encampment across from the Pacific Gas & Electric Co. maintenance yard near Acacia and Franklin streets that had been there for about three months. Police arrested two men on warrants and called code enforcement for about two truckloads of property.

7:48 p.m.: A caller said a resident on the 1900 block of Raven Court was working on hotrods revving up the engines for two hours at night. Police told the resident about possible municipal code violations.

10:09 p.m.: Fireworks were heard in the area of Georgia Court and Kavanagh Avenue.

10:55 p.m.: A caller said six people were in the 300 block of South Court drinking and throwing cans and bottle everywhere.


1:18 a.m.: Employees said a homeless man was trespassing and refusing to leave Sunset Liquors, 2355 Parker Ave. They said the man had been warned a few times before but was still on the liquor store property.

7:04 a.m.: A caller reported construction material in both lanes of eastbound 11th Street just past the MacArthur Drive overpass.

7:44 a.m.: Police were told about an encampment behind a business on the 2300 block of Orchard Parkway. The people there had reportedly been told to leave before and now had a brown pickup truck with them. Police found one person with the pickup and had him leave the area.

7:46 a.m.: A youth was struck by a pickup near Villalovoz Elementary School, 1550 Cypress Drive. The 16-year-old was awake but complaining of pain throughout his body. He was sent to San Joaquin County Hospital in an ambulance, and the police took his bicycle and other things for safekeeping.

10:15 a.m.: A man walked in and took food from the breakfast laid out for guests at the Best Western, 811 W. Clover Road. A hotel manager wanted the police to give the man a trespassing warning. He was gone before officers arrived.

12:28 p.m.: A rental trencher and its trailer were reported as stolen from the Tracy Hills construction site on Corral Hollow Road near Interstate 580.

2:14 p.m.: Someone on the 1300 block of Sienna Park Drive said the rear license plate was stolen off their car.

3:03 p.m.: Employees at Tracy Hyundai, 3480 Naglee Road, said someone had drilled into the gas tanks of several vehicles on the lot. They said they would let police know when the surveillance video was ready to view.

3:53 p.m.: Several Tracy police officers and a California Highway Patrol K9 officer went to El Pescadero Park, 250 W. Kavanagh Ave., after someone called about a stabbing. When they arrived, they found that a man had been beaten but not stabbed. They detained one man, who might have mental issues, and took him to the hospital.

8:47 p.m.: Someone called and complained about kids smoking marijuana at the picnic tables at William Larsen Park, 1401 S. Central Ave. Officers took their information.

10:59 p.m.: A man wearing a hoodie and a red bandana over his face was reportedly carrying a knife and trying to start a fight at Buffalo Wild Wings, 2790 Naglee Road. Another caller said the man had a marker in his hand and was trying to write on a car in the parking lot.

11:04 p.m.: A woman told police that she found a man lying in the roadway at Corral Hollow and Schulte roads, and when she went to check on hism he got up and chased after her. A little later, two other people reported that the man was standing in front of cars near the dead end of Schulte Road. Police found the man and arrested him on suspicion of being drunk in public.


12:03 a.m.: A caller said a sedan was going 80 mph around Marlow Brothers Park. Police couldn’t find the car.

8 a.m.: A man was reportedly trying to steal copper wire behind Cost Plus World Market Outlet, 2530 Naglee Road. Employees said they had asked him to leave but he wouldn’t. The man was gone when the police arrived.

9:31 a.m.: Someone told police that a man was dropping weights onto Interstate 205 from the Holly Drive overpass. Police called the California Highway Patrol to check and they said they hadn’t gotten any calls about it. Police checked the area and couldn’t find the man.

2:24 p.m.: A credit card machine was reported as stolen from Asian Massage, 1250 W. 11th St. The person who called about the theft said a customer might have taken the machine on Sunday. Police are investigating.

5:50 p.m.: Someone who lives at the Tracy Park Apartments on the 2800 block of North Tracy Boulevard said mailboxes kept getting broken into.

6:10 p.m.: A man allegedly threw a plate of ice cream at an employee at Golden Corral, 2850 W. Grant Line Road.

8:32 p.m.: Police found a car on fire under the Interstate 205 overpass at Corral Hollow Road. An officer said the car was in a collision with another vehicle and then caught fire. Firefighters were called to extinguish it.

9:47 p.m.: Someone called and said that a man who had stolen in the past from the Chevron gas station, 3775 N. Tracy Blvd., was back and had stolen something else. He got into an argument with people in the parking lot of the gas station and rode off on a bicycle.

9:59 p.m.: A man who had set up camp near the dumpsters at the Microtel Inn, 861 W. Clover Road, was refusing to leave, but he was gone when the police arrived.


12:04 a.m.: A guest at Motel 6, 3810 N. Tracy Blvd., called and said a man in wheelchair was smoking crystal meth outside her room. She said the man had been outside her door for almost seven hours and he was not staying at the motel.

2:17 a.m.: At least two homes were egged in the early morning. A resident on the 800 block of Menay Drive said her house was egged by four young people in dark clothes around 1:45 a.m. At 2:35 a.m., a resident on the 2100 block of Erie Court said she heard something dropping and people running away, and officers who checked the area found that a home and two vehicles had been egged.

5:21 a.m.: An employee of Joe’s Smog Shack, 500 E. 10th St., said he was watching a surveillance camera from home and he could see a man trying to break into the bathroom of the business. He said the man had tried to break in several times before. Police found the man and warned him not to return to the business.

9:42 a.m.: Police found a man who had allegedly tagged a building at Gateway Crossing Apartments, 3580 W. Grant Line Road, and arrested him on suspicion of malicious mischief.

1:29 p.m.: Someone called the police about a carful of teens driving recklessly in the Edgewood subdivision near Peony and Middlefield drives. The caller said some of the teens, including the driver, were sitting in the windows and hanging out of the car while it was moving. The police who checked the area couldn’t find the car, but someone told them where the teens lived and they talked to the driver of the car.

3:48 p.m.: An Amazon employee at 1555 N. Chrisman Road said a co-worker made the statement “Dead man walking” after they argued at work. The employee said it felt like a death threat and wanted the police to document it. The co-worker was sent home for the day.

7:21 p.m.: Two women who allegedly stole $200 worth of merchandise from the CVS store at 1885 W. 11th St. were seen seven minutes later trying to shoplift from the CVS store at 3320 N. Tracy Blvd. Their getaway car, a gray Jeep, was last seen getting onto Interstate 205 going west. The employees at the second store weren’t sure how much was stolen, if anything, and highway patrol officers were asked to watch for the Jeep.

8:49 p.m.: A resident on the 100 block of East 22nd Street said someone shot two arrows into his backyard near his dogs’ kennel. He took his dogs inside and the police said they would check the area for signs of archery equipment.

9:13 p.m.: People in several neighborhoods called the police about fireworks. Residents on Lincoln Boulevard, Christina Drive, Blair Avenue, Butler Drive and Kavanagh Avenue all reported fireworks starting shortly after 9 p.m. One caller said a whole family was setting off fireworks and M-80s on the 2600 block of Ponte Mira Court and an argument had started between neighbors. Police gave a warning about the fireworks.


4:12 a.m.: Police responded to the parking lot of the Tracy Inn, 24 W. 11th St., for a domestic violence call. A citizen reportedly tried to intervene upon seeing a man beating his girlfriend and the man then attacked the citizen, punching him in the face. Police arrived and arrested the 32-year-old man on suspicion of giving a false name and violating a court order.

11:41 a.m.: A woman called police after an older man fell off a roof on the 3000 block of Coventry Drive. An ambulance rushed the man to Sutter Tracy Community Hospital.

6:19 p.m.: A person at JCPenney, 3100 Naglee Road, reported that a man and a woman were stuffing merchandise into a child’s car seat in a shopping cart. Police arrived and checked out the couple and learned that the 25-year-old woman was wanted on a theft warrant out of Stockton.

8:05 p.m.: Police and fire crews responded to a blaze near Interstate 205 at MacArthur Drive. One of the people reporting the fire told police that it appeared to be near a homeless camp, and another caller reported seeing a woman running away from the fire.

10:29 p.m.: Tracy police received about 10 calls for loud parties on Saturday night, including one on the 1700 block of Treehaven Lane, where the initial call came in as a report of a teenage boy who pushed a girl up against a wall and tried to take her clothes off. Meanwhile, the girl who called the police reported that people kept trying to take her phone away as she tried to talk to the police dispatcher. Officers arrived and took down some names, and though they made no arrests, they did issue a citation.


6:19 a.m.: A woman on the 200 block of South Central Avenue told police that she got out of her gold 2004 Honda Accord to check her mailbox and left her keys in the car, and someone jumped in and drove off. Police took a report.

6:55 a.m.: Someone called the police to report 14 cars parked in a construction zone near the intersection of South Central Avenue and Tracy Boulevard. Five of the cars were towed away and the police took a report.

1:56 p.m.: Two cars were reportedly involved in a crash at the intersection of 11th Street and Corral Hollow Road. No serious injuries were reported, but police called a tow truck to take away one of the cars.

1:59 p.m.: Police responded to the intersection of Naglee and Larch roads after a black Honda reportedly crashed into a power pole and flipped over. The driver was apparently uninjured, and PG&E reported that there was no serious damage to the power lines.

3:10 p.m.: A person having a yard sale on the 200 block of East Lowell Avenue told police that a man, who appeared to be on drugs, was causing trouble and scaring away customers. Police arrived and arrested the 44-year-old man on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly.

9:43 p.m.: A woman at a bar on West 10th Street near Central Avenue reported that a man in the bar was harassing her but eventually left. A short time later, a man with the same description was reportedly causing trouble in front of a restaurant on the 900 block of Central Avenue after he had been kicked out. At 10:15 p.m., police were called back to the 10th Street establishment, where a man of a similar description was being aggressive with other patrons. Police arrested the man on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly.

10:07 p.m.: A man on the 500 block of Hotchkiss Street reported that his ex-wife had just rammed his truck. He told the police that he had gone back into his house, but the woman, who by that time had stopped screaming at him, was still out in front and he was worried that she would vandalize his truck. Police arrived, determined that there had been no assault, and took a report.

May 30

1:46 a.m.: A man was trying to start fights inside Applebee’s, 3060 Naglee Road, after he refused to pay his bill. Employees asked the man to leave and then he reportedly continued to cause a problem inside the restaurant. Police caught up to the man while he was walking to his hotel and said he wasn’t drunk.

7:22 a.m.: A caller said a man was going through recycling totes at homes in the neighborhood of Morris Phelps and Laurence drives. The caller said the man was pulling a cart full of recyclables.

12:40 p.m.: A caller said two teens were riding dirt bikes on the grass at William Adams Park, 4089 English Oak Ave., while other kids were recording them. The caller said the bikes were damaging the grass at the park and one of the riders wasn’t wearing a helmet.

12:53 p.m.: Someone called the police about a man selling food at the corner of Tracy Boulevard and Larch Road. The caller said he asked the vendor if he had a permit and the vendor replied that he didn’t speak English. The caller was upset with the police for not checking whether food vendors had permits. An officer noted that the man had been warned about local laws and told what kind of permits he would need to sell his produce legally.

1:27 p.m.: Police searched for a panhandler who allegedly cut a man across the hands after asking him for money in front of Mancini’s Sleep World, 2884 W. Grant Line Road. The panhandler ran off toward the sound wall next to Interstate 205. Officers searched along the freeway with a police dog and checked tents and camps but didn’t find the man.

3:58 p.m.: A woman told the police that she was scammed out of $1,000 she put down for a rental home. The woman gave the police a copy of the ID used by the man who took the money but the ID was probably fake.

7:47 p.m.: A caller said a shirtless man with a shovel in his hands chased another man on a bicycle down Harding Avenue toward 12th Street. The two men had reportedly been throwing rocks at each other on Lonna Way. Police found them near Grocery Outlet, 825 W. 11th St., and stopped the man on the bicycle, who said they had been fighting over a friend’s stolen bicycle. The other man ran away.

7:50 p.m.: A staff member at Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, 1420 N. Tracy Blvd., told the police about a 50-year-old-man who went to the emergency room with a gunshot wound to his foot. The man said he and a friend had been playing with a gun. Police determined that it happened in a field off Highway 4 outside the city limits and turned the case over to the sheriff’s office.

8:05 p.m.: A customer was escorted out of Walmart, 3010 W. Grant Line Road, after he became upset that he couldn’t return an item and threatened to shoot up the store, saying that he had gang connections. He had left the area before officers arrived.

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.

Sports editor at the Tracy Press

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