Tracy police were called at 9:28 a.m. Tuesday after an older man and a kitten both became stuck 10 feet up in a tree at Lincoln Park, 170 E. Eaton Ave., and needed a ladder to get down. The fire department was called to help them get out of the tree. The man got down from the tree safely, but the kitten was still up there.

Tracy police received 1,575 calls for service from June 6 through Wednesday. The following is a sampling of those calls as they were documented in real time.


2:01 a.m.: Police went to Kenner Park after someone called about a suspicious situation involving a car parked near a dumpster and a person screaming “Help me!” The caller said the car made a U-turn and parked next to the dumpster near the tennis courts. Police found and talked to three people at the park gazebo.

3:30 a.m.: A caller said teens were driving around on the 300 block of Ranchero Way and trying to open the doors and trunks of parked vehicles. Police couldn’t find them.

7:00 a.m.: A customer at the Shell gas station, 2375 W. Grant Line Road, was sprayed with pepper spray by another customer at the station, who drove off. An ambulance was called for the person who had been pepper sprayed.

7:48 a.m.: A person on the 400 block of East Sixth Street reportedly chased down a homeless man who was caught breaking into a Chrysler 300. The man got stuck on a fence that he tried to climb over at Jackson Alley and Seventh Street. A woman who was associated with the man was also arrested near Lolly Hansen Senior Center, 375 E. Ninth St.

11:04 a.m.: A woman on the 500 block of West Lowell Avenue said her ex-boyfriend was making fake social media accounts and posting nude photos of her.

2:19 p.m. A tractor truck was reported as stolen from the 1000 block of East Grant Line Road. 

3:02 p.m.: An employee at Home Depot, 2461 Naglee Road, admitted to working with a man to commit $50,000 in credit card fraud. The employee said the man was on his way to the store and he might have a handgun. Officers found out that the man was also wanted by the California Highway Patrol in connection with an auto theft case. CHP detectives and officers took the man into custody.

6:38 p.m.: Someone complained about a man harassing customers at the Prime Shine car wash, 1725 W. 11th St. The man had been asked to leave several times and refused and was going around the lot with a shopping cart trying to “fix” people's vehicles. Police lectured and released the man.

7:10 a.m.: A caller said a man wearing only a bathrobe was walking around near Hoyt Park, 234 Dale Odell Drive. Officers found the man, who was wearing a pair of boxer shorts and carrying a pillow and refused to talk to them. Fifteen minutes later, a woman told police a man in a robe with a pillow was masturbating in front of her car. The man was arrested and taken to San Joaquin County Jail on suspicion of indecent exposure.

8:14 p.m.: Tracy police arrested a man at gunpoint after he was caught breaking into a vacant home on the 100 block of North West Street. A neighbor heard a window break and saw a man with no shirt enter the house.

9:51 p.m.: Aerial fireworks wee reported over the area of Chester Drive and Eaton Avenue.


12:16 a.m.: A 17-year-old girl said she was jumped and beaten by two adult women. The teen had injuries to her face and said she had been held down while one of the women stomped on her face. The fight began when the women insulted the teen’s friend and she tried to defend her. She said she knew the names of the women who assaulted her. An ambulance was called to check on the teen.

5:31 a.m.: A caller at Amazon, 1555 N. Chrisman Road, said someone had broken into her car during the night.

7:38 a.m.: A driver on Schulte Road near Hansen Road said he was sideswiped by a Chevy Malibu that swerved into his lane and struck his car and didn't stop.

8:08 a.m.: A community mailbox was reported to have been broken into on the 1100 block of Mamie Anderson Lane.

10:39 a.m.: A homeless man was reportedly shaking the doors and throwing garbage around at the Tracy Animal Shelter, 2375 Paradise Ave. He left and ran west on Grant Line Road. Police couldn’t find him.

11:45 a.m.: Someone drilled into the gas tanks of vehicles at Tracy Honda,3450 Auto Plaza Way, to steal the gasoline. The dealership did not have a video.

2:38 p.m.: A community mailbox on the 1100 block of Solomon Court was reported to have been broken into.

3:53 p.m.: An employee at Jack in the Box, 1935 W. 11th St., said a homeless man was making threats to kill people inside the restaurant. The employee said he was with another man and they had been snorting drugs at a table. The man who allegedly made the threats went outside and was attacking cars in the drive-thru. He was arrested and booked into San Joaquin County Jail on charges of possessing a controlled substance, resisting an officer, and threatening crime with intent to terrorize.

5:32 p.m.: Five people stole about $5,000 worth of merchandise from Macy's, 3400 Naglee Road, and left in four-door car.

8:50 p.m.: Police arrested a man who hopped the fence at Stein High School, 650 W. 10th St., and was wandering around. School security was called to unlock the gate so police could get to the man, who was arrested on suspicion of trespassing.

11:36 p.m.: A man at Green Oaks Mobile Home Park, 2929 N. MacArthur Drive, told the police his roommate was high on meth and was arguing with another person when the roommate came in and “blew up” at both of them. The man left the trailer and waited for officers at one of the entrances.


1:12 a.m.: Two men were arguing loudly over a woman outside of Ralph’s Club, 444 E. 11th St. The police checked their information.

2:55 a.m.: A car was driving back and forth, horn honking, on the 2700 block of Louise Avenue.

7:48 a.m.: A caller said there were two tents set up with piles of trash everywhere in the picnic area of Dr. Powers Park, 900 W. Lowell Ave. Police told the people there that they had to leave because that part of the park had been reserved for the whole week.

7:49 a.m.: A homeless man was reported to be taking a shower behind the bathrooms at Larsen Park, 1401 S. Central Ave.

7:58 a.m. A man was stabbed in a road rage argument at Grant Line and Naglee roads. The passenger of a white Jeep got out and stabbed the passenger of a Ford SUV with a box cutter after an altercation on the road. The Jeep was last seen heading eastbound on Grant Line Road. The person who was stabbed was taken to the county hospital. Police have the license plate number of the Jeep.

10:18 a.m.: A woman on the 100 block of Manzanita Lane complained to that about 10 large chickens kept wandering onto her property to defecate. The woman didn’t know who owned the chickens or where they were coming from. She said the chickens were not on her property at the time, but she wanted to know what options she had.

12:24 p.m.: A car pulled up behind America's Tires, 2785 W. Grant Line Road, and someone allegedly stole three rims. The car was last seen heading toward Home Depot.

1:42 p.m.: A caller said a woman stole outgoing mail from a mailbox on the 500 block of Whittier Avenue, including checks intended to pay bills. The caller said the woman got out of a black SUV that was being driven by someone else.

6:19 p.m.: About 20 men were reportedly watching two teens fight at Sycamore Village Apartments on West Central Avenue. The caller said it was just a fist fight. The group had left when police arrived.

9:29 p.m.: A caller said about five homeless people were squatting in a vacant house on the 1900 block of Plum Lane. The caller said more people showed up at the house in the evening.

10:07 p.m.: Two people called police about fireworks being shot from Alden Park, 500 Sequoia Blvd.


2:13 a.m.: A caller complained of a loud circus near the entrance to the West Valley Mall, 3200 Naglee Road.

4:45 a.m.: Fireworks were reported on the 1300 block of Holly Drive.

6:17 p.m.: A caller said a maroon Chevrolet truck was spinning doughnuts in the intersection of Holly Drive and Kavanagh Avenue and she was afraid to leave her house because it might hit her. Another caller said the truck almost hit a vehicle near El Pescadero Park. Police caught up to the truck at Clover Road and Holly Drive. The driver was arrested and the truck was towed.

11:40 a.m.: A resident on the 100 block of Manzanita Lane said a wallet with a driver’s license and credit cards were stolen out of a vehicle during the night. The window was left open.

1:29 p.m.: A man set up a jump house and his own barbecue without a permit at the east side of Lincoln Park, 170 E. Eaton Ave., and refused to take them down.

3:13 p.m.: A Ford F-350 pickup was reported as stolen from the hospital parking lot, 1420 N. Tracy Blvd.

5:22 p.m.: A caller said a man dragged a body from a parking lot to a building across the street from the La Villa restaurant, 57 E. 11th St. The caller said the man left the area and they didn’t know whether the other person was injured. Police checked and found a drunken man and arrested him on suspicion of public intoxication.

7:54 p.m.: A man said he and a friend were robbed at gunpoint by two teens who took their phones near the intersection of Corbett Lane and Kavanagh Avenue. The robbers ran away and police later traced one of the phones to Sandy Court, where it was in the middle of the street.

9:02 p.m.: A 2008 Saturn was reported as stolen from Marie Avenue sometime in the previous hour.

10:41 p.m.: A man on a bike allegedly tried to lure a 12-year-old girl away from her home in the 100 block of South Central Avenue. The girl was taking trash out when she said a man said to her, “Hey, come here,” and she got scared and ran back into the house. Police checked the area and couldn’t find anyone.

10:59 p.m.: A red Mini Cooper struck a fire hydrant on Grant Line Road and Skylark Way. The crash blocked one lane of Grant Line and water flooded the roadway. No injuries were reported. 

11:05 p.m.: Someone reported loud music coming from the Tracy Cemetery, 501 E. Schulte Road.


12:33 a.m.: Tracy police officers were called to help after a driver on Interstate 5 said someone in a gray Honda was following him and shooting at him. The driver said he was on Interstate 205 and was taking an exit to go to a gas station on Grant Line Road. Sheriff's deputies and highway patrol officers also got involved. Police finally found the car at a Chevron gas station and said there were no injuries nor any evidence of a shooting.

3:25 a.m.: A neighbor called police when a man tried to break into another apartment to look for his cat at Cabrillo Gardens, 225 E. Grant Line Road. The man was reportedly pounding on a door screaming obscenities as he tried to get in. He left and went back to his own apartment after he found his cat. Police told the neighbor to call again if he had another problem with the man.

9:50 a.m.: Someone complained about a man defecating and urinating in the bushes at the side of the Altamont Corridor Express train station, 4800 S Tracy Blvd., next the driveway on Tracy Boulevard.

11:10 a.m.: A homeless man was screaming at passing cars while standing in the center divide on the 2800 block of West Grant Line Road. Police took the man’s information.

2:07 p.m.: Someone asked for extra police patrols near the intersection of Richard Drive and Lincoln Boulevard because of people speeding and running the stop sign, especially on the weekend.

5:41 p.m.: A customer at Walmart, 3010 W. Grant Line Road, was running around shooting people with a Nerf gun. He was with four other people all running around the store. The man was last seen near the electronics department and was gone when police arrived.

6:59 p.m.: Two teenagers were reportedly putting a can of spray paint in the middle of the road near Home Depot, 2461 Naglee Road, where someone might drive over it. Another teen was pushing someone in a shopping cart through the parking lot. All were gone when the police arrived.

8:14 p.m.: Two kids playing with a pellet gun in McDonald Park, 55 N. Central Ave., hit a neighboring house and ran off. No damage was reported to the home.

10:23 p.m.: A black truck and two cars were racing and doing doughnuts near the intersection of F and Ninth streets. The vehicles may have been at a party in the 900 block of F Street.


1:17 p.m.: A woman on the 1600 block of Foxwood Drive told police someone might be knocking on her windows. She reported the sound of knocking on wood during the evening hours and early in the morning and she guessed it might be coming from a neighbor’s property, but no one was seen.

5:54 a.m.: A caller at the AM-PM mini-mart, 3425 N. Tracy Blvd., said a man and a woman were screaming and hitting each other inside the store. The caller said it appeared the man was trying to rob the woman and the man pulled a knife. He drove away in a dark car. Police searched the area but couldn’t find the man.

8:42 a.m.: Someone broke into a car and stole a laptop in the Perko’s parking lot, 1321 W. 11th St.

8:58 a.m.: A caller from a school near Dr. Powers Park complained about someone living in a tent in the park. Police told the caller about the legality of homeless people staying in the park and sent an email to code enforcement to coordinate a cleanup.

10:36 a.m.: Employees at Tracy Volkswagen, 2605 Auto Plaza Drive, told police that five cars in the lot had been vandalized with holes drilled in their gas tanks. The dealership had no video or information about who did it.

12:27 p.m.: Graffiti was reported on a garage door on the first block of Whittier Avenue.

2:17 p.m.: A caller said a homeless man was walking around and harassing customers in the parking lot of Metro PCS, 3310 N. Tracy Blvd. The man was gone when police arrived.

4:40 p.m.: A caller told police there was man carrying a rifle near the Tracy Library, 20 E. Eaton Ave. Police searched the area but couldn’t find any such man.

6:37 p.m.: A referee was assaulted at a soccer match at the Tracy Sports Complex, 955 Crossroads Drive. A woman called police saying a group of about 20 people got into a fight, and parents from the other team were angry that the police had been called and were circling around her. The man who allegedly started it walked off and was picked up by someone in a pickup truck. The woman said the crowd left her alone after she walked away. The referee did not want to press charges.

8:37 p.m.: Police were sent to Motel 6, 3810 N. Tracy Blvd., for a report of a man with gun “stealing money from everyone.” A woman staying at the motel said the man might be a former guest who been kicked out. Officers with a police dog and a helicopter searched the motel but couldn’t find anyone who matched the description of the man with the gun.

11:38 p.m.: Someone called about a group of 10-15 teens loitering at Veterans Park, 238 Glenhaven Drive. The teens were revving their engines and driving recklessly. Police talked to a group at the park.

June 6

12:10 a.m.: A woman with a dog was walking in the street along the 600 block of North C Street, carrying a bottle of alcohol and yelling. The caller thought she might be drunk. Police couldn’t find the woman.

3:24 a.m.: A delivery truck driver found that a large window on the north side of Carl’s Jr., 1963 N. Tracy Blvd., had been smashed. Officers arrived with a police dog and searched the building, but no one was inside.

8:05 a.m.: A man went into 7-Eleven, 2360 W. Grant Line Road, and stole a large amount of groceries. He rode away on a bicycle.

11:13 a.m.: A caller said there were two shots fired in the area of Tracy Boulevard and Kavanagh Avenue. While police were checking the area a neighbor said he saw aerial fireworks go off west of the intersection.

1:19 p.m.: A man was seen swinging a metal object, possibly a car's shock absorber, around a parked car at the Fairfield Inn, 2410 Naglee Road. Police talked to the man, who was in fact swinging a shock absorber next to his own car. He put the object in his trunk.

2:30 p.m.: A woman said a man was driving after her and taking pictures near the Tracy Sports Complex. The woman said she had been involved in a road rage incident where the man made an obscene gesture and they exchanged words. Police checked the area but couldn’t find the man or his car.

5:29 p.m.: A caller said a man and a woman were having sex in a silver Honda parked in the area of Chester Drive and Eaton Avenue.

6:11 p.m.: A homeless man reportedly stole clothes from the gift shop area at Black Bear Diner, 2351 Toste Road, and then smeared feces all over the bathroom walls. An employee tried to get the clothes back, but the man pushed him away.

7:29 p.m.: The awning of a building on the 900 block of North Central Avenue fell off and struck two cars. The drivers exchanged information with the property owner and the awning was moved off the cars before the police arrived.

8:39 p.m.: Police were called to Amazon, 1555 N. Chrisman Road, after an employee told a co-worker he had stolen $1,500 worth of merchandise. The managers of the fulfillment center didn’t have proof of the theft, and a video showed him stealing only $50 worth of stuff. Police explained that they would not make an arrest based on the amount taken as seen on video and that it would be a civil case.

8:56 p.m.: A caller said six men, one armed with a gun, were chasing another man from Mi Ranchito Market, 215 N. Central Ave. The caller said one of the men had a revolver on the left side of his belt and they were all running south on Central Avenue. Police checked at the store, which was closed, and the surrounding area, but they never found any of the men.

10:59 p.m.: Police were called to Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, 1420 N. Tracy Blvd., after a woman got into an argument with an Uber driver. The woman called the Uber but they got into an argument when she tried to put her walker in the car.

11:21 p.m.: A guest at Motel 6, 3810 N. Tracy Blvd., allegedly went into another guest’s room and threatened to shoot them with a gun. No one saw a gun and no one knew whether there was an argument between the guests. Police arrested the man who made the threat on suspicion of being drunk in public.

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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