An employee from Home Depot, 2461 Naglee Rd., called police at 3:!5 p.m. Sunday to report that a man had loaded a cart with more than $1,000 worth of power tools and stayed in the bathroom for 45 minutes. The employee said the man had emptied his backpack and layered his clothes. He was heading toward the back of the store when he saw a police officer and dropped the tools. The man put the items back after talking to the officer and left the store.

Tracy police received 1,460 calls for service from Jan. 24 through Wednesday. The following is a sampling of those calls as they were documented in real time.


5:40 a.m.: A woman called police from the Grant Line Professional Center, 2160 W. Grant Line Rd., and said a man got out of a car and yelled at her to get out of the area as she walked into the business to go to work. She said the man was working on his car’s engine adding fluid. She was afraid the man would harass other employees as they arrived for work. Police contacted the man who was homeless and had him leave the area.

7:34 a.m.: A construction worker at Joe Pombo parkway and Bridle Creek Circle said someone stole a battery from a large excavator at a construction site.

8:25 a.m.: A caller told police there was tractor trailer driving recklessly heading north on Mountain House Parkway from W. Schulte Road.

11:28 a.m.: A man told police that someone filed false paperwork with the Secretary of State. The man wanted a report number when he found a “Statement of Information” filed with the Secretary of State in June that he said he didn’t file. He also told police there was similar statement filed in January of 2017.

3:08 p.m.: A police officer detained a man after he started an argument at West High School, 1775 W. Lowell Avenue. The man wasn’t a student but was a graduate of the school came on to the campus and started an argument. He was detained and escorted off the campus and told not to come back and would not be allowed to attend any events involving West High School.

4:05 p.m.: A caller at Gateway Crossing Apartments, 2580 W. Grant Line Road, said a man who evicted from the property a few days ago was riding around the complex on a bicycle with two dogs. The caller said he felt intimidated by the man. He was gone when police arrived.

4:27 p.m.: A caller in the area of Joranollo Drive and Peerless Way said three men were shooting dice on the sidewalk and were being vulgar and loud. The caller thought the three men were involved in a robbery in the neighborhood recently and asked for extra police patrols.

6:09 p.m. A woman from the 200 block of Babcock Lane told police that a neighbor had been feeding stray cats and there were a large number of them in the neighborhood. She said the cats had been urinating and defecating on her yard. Police gave the woman information on animal control and code enforcement.

7:16 p.m.: A caller said a group of three men were trying to steal items inside Target, 2800 Naglee Road. One man had used a pocket knife to cut the lock off a $100 portable charger while another was trying to open an iPad case. Officers found the men inside the store and they returned the items.

7:20 p.m.: A caller at Safeway, 1801 W. 11th St., said a homeless man was outside the store asking customers for money. The man said he was waiting for a ride. Police detained the man.

7:24 p.m.: A caller at Tracy High, 315 E. 11th St., said someone was shooting an Airsoft gun towards the stadium as they drove on East Avenue in a black vehicle.

A student said they had video of the vehicle and the person shooting. No injuries were reported.

8:04 p.m.: A caller at the Thai Cafe, 614 N. Central Avenue said a homeless man was inside the business refusing to leave. The man was asking customers for food and money.


12:53 a.m.: A caller said a man and a woman were drinking beers in a black Mustang driving east on 11th Street from Tracy Boulevard. Police couldn’t find the car.

5:15 a.m.: A caller said a homeless man had a mattress and a bike near the road in the area of Joe Pombo Parkway and Bridle Creek Circle. Police found the man in the no-parking lane near a construction site.

8:34 a.m.: A caller said that two homeless people were sitting at the side of the Chase bank branch at 2751 W. Grant Line Road and refusing to leave. The same people had been asked to leave the area the day before. Police talked to them and they agreed to go somewhere else.

10:15 a.m.: A caller said a man was acting “crazy” in a car parked outside the gate at Aspire Apartments, 2725 Pavilion Parkway.

Noon: A business owner reported a homeless encampment near Larch Road and Holly Drive and said he wanted it removed. Police told him that the code enforcement division was working on it.

1:06 p.m.: Someone called and complained that students were speeding as they returned to the Tracy High School auto body shop, 315 E. 11th St., at the end of their lunch period. Police issued a warning.

3:30 p.m.: A student at West High School, 1775 W. Lowell Ave., posted a photo on Instagram of a vaporizer pen at the school. School security searched the student, who was disciplined by the staff.

4:28 p.m.: A caller said he saw four kids sitting on a bench across from Hirsch Elementary School passing a “blunt” of marijuana back and forth as he drove by. They were gone when police arrived.

7:48 p.m.: A caller said three men stole two microwave ovens from Walmart, 3010 W. Grant Line Road. The men got into a gray Honda and drove off through the parking lot.

11:04 p.m.: A caller said that a man and a woman on bicycles were looking into cars with a flashlight on Cardoza Road near Tracy Boulevard. They were both gone when the police arrived.


2:39 a.m.: A caller at the AM-PM mini-mart, 2430 Joe Pombo Parkway, said a drunken man got into a car with four women in the parking lot. The caller said the man had been staggering around the store. The car was gone when police arrived.

5:38 a.m.: A caller said a homeless man was going through a white van parked near Central Avenue and Deerwood Lane and had several bags of garbage on the sidewalk next to the van. The van was gone when police arrived.

9:27 a.m. A caller on the 700 block of Palm Circle said that someone stole the catalytic converter from his vehicle.

10:14 a.m.: A caller said that someone had damaged the bicycle storage containers at the Altamont Corridor Express train station, 4800 S. Tracy Blvd.

10:51 a.m. A caller said that someone stole the catalytic converter off his vehicle Friday while it was parked at the ACE station, 4800 S. Tracy Blvd.

1:33 p.m..: A caller in the 700 block of Hemmingway Court said that someone stole a $300 bicycle out of her garage. She said the door was open.

2:53 p.m.: Someone called from the Tracy Cemetery, 501 E. Schulte Road, and said that vases and plaques at gravesites had been either taken or broken.

6:28 p.m.: A woman called and said that a man had been following her around the West Valley Mall, 3200 Naglee Road, for 15 minutes. She said she had walked to the mall and the man kept asking her to get into his car. She said he was driving up and down Corral Hollow Road.

8:29 p.m.: Residents in the Promenade Circle area reported that a man with a duffel bag had been loitering in the area and sleeping in Zanussi Park for the past few nights. Neighbors said the man had been asking for money and banging on doors and yelling at people. Police took a report.

11:27 p.m.: A caller on the 1800 block of North MacArthur Drive said another driver was trying to get him to fight after he cut him off at the freeway off-ramp. He said the other driver honked his horn and threw a water bottle at him.


12:33 a.m.: A caller at The Commons, 49 W. 10th St., said that employees had to break up a fight and a woman was outside trying to pick another fight with customers who were still in the bar. The caller said the woman was not a customer and had been drinking. The police contacted someone who agreed to pick her up.

1:56 a.m.: A caller said a man with a shotgun was outside threatening to shoot up their house. The caller said they were having a party when the man showed up. Police searched the area and couldn’t find the man. Later, the caller said someone had a shoulder injury from trying to break up a fight and no one ever saw a shotgun.

9:03 a.m.: A caller on the 200 block of Lara Lane said someone stole all four tires off his vehicle.

11:40 a.m.: A caller on the first block of Scarlett Place said a man was running a mechanic shop out of his home and had been revving engines all morning,

2:59 p.m.: A caller said man in a black Ford truck was dumping garbage in the area of Acacia Street and Franklin Avenue. The truck was gone when the police arrived.

6:05 p.m.: A man on the 100 block of Dahlia Court said a neighbor admitted to stealing his cat and keeping it at their home until it was attacked by a dog and died. He wanted to discuss his options with a police officer.

6:55 p.m.: A caller at Motel 6, 3810 N. Tracy Blvd., said a man and a woman were living out of a white van in the motel parking lot and refusing to leave. The caller said the pair had been guests at the motel at one point. The caller wanted the police to tell the couple to leave.

9:41 p.m.: A caller on the 100 block of Promenade Circle said a man was walking around the neighborhood going into people’s yards. Police found the man near the restrooms at Zanussi Park, 1500 Promenade Circle, and said he was sleeping in the park.

10:32 p.m.: Two men were seen loitering near the dumpsters at Kaiser Permanente Tracy Medical Center, 2185 W. Grant Line Road. A staff member was watching them by video from a Kaiser facility in Stockton and said the men had been near the dumpster and loading dock for hours. They left the area after the police talked to them.


12:07 a.m.: A caller said several vehicles and motorcycles were racing on Schulte Road between Mable Josephine Drive and Corral Hollow Road. The racers were gone when the police arrived.

1:19 a.m.: A caller said a man was causing a disturbance inside the Chevron gas station, 755 S. Tracy Blvd. The caller said the man started a fight with the cashier and looked like he might jump over the counter. At one point, the caller said the man was talking to a cooler. Police found the man outside the store and arrested him on suspicion of being drunk in public.

6:10 a.m.: A woman on the first block of Krider Court called and said she was stuck in a bedroom with her infant son. She said the door was stuck and her husband couldn’t get it open before he left for work. Police transferred the call to the fire department.

9:21 a.m.: A caller said a man was blocking a driveway near Winco, 2850 Pavilion Parkway, and refusing to leave. The caller said the man was jumping in and out of traffic, flipping people off as he danced around the parking lot.

1:14 p.m.: A caller said two people were going through trash and opening every bag in the dumpsters at Kaiser Permanente Tracy Medical Offices, 2185 W. Grant Line Road. Police talked to the people and got their information.

2:08 p.m.: A caller at BevMo, 2860 W. Grant Line Road, said two people had set up camp near the store’s delivery doors. Police had talked to the people earlier in the day and told them to move along.

3:18 p.m.: A Jeep Grand Cherokee was reported as stolen at Chevron, 2615 W. Grant Line Road. A woman reportedly took it and smashed into another car as she ran a red light. The owner said the engine could be turned off remotely. It was last seen on westbound Interstate 205.

4:37 p.m.: A caller said a man tried to stop an unoccupied car that was rolling through the Safeway parking lot, 1801 W. 11th St., and he hit his head and was possibly run over. Police transferred the call to an ambulance company.

7:08 p.m.: A caller in the area of Gandy Dancer Drive and Mars Court requested extra police patrols after he confronted homeless people about the amount of garbage they had left in the area and he got into an argument with them.

9:44 p.m.: A caller said cars were lining up to race and blocking traffic along Crossroads Drive at 11th Street near the Tracy Sports Complex, 955 Crossroads Drive. The cars were gone when police arrived.


12:38 a.m.: A caller said someone might be trying to start a fire in field or on the railroad tracks on the west side of South MacArthur Drive just south of Sixth Street. Police couldn’t find the fire.

7:21 a.m.: A caller said a man and a woman were sleeping in front of Donuts & Yogurt, 1984 W. 11th St. Officers asked the pair to leave.

9:36 a.m.: The finance department at Tracy City Hall reported that two fraudulent money orders totaling $1,500 were left in the night drop box,

10:24 a.m.: Employees at Pacific Coast Feed, 1925 N. MacArthur Road, discovered that someone had broken into the company’s flatbed truck.

11:19 a.m.: A caller at Village Garden Apartments, 680 East St., said she wanted to talk to an officer about some male clothing she found in her apartment. An officer said the woman seemed to be a little lonely and wanted to talk about unopened mail.

12:04 p.m.: A caller on the first block of Silkwood Lane said two men were in a nearby canal and were trying to light something on fire with a small handheld torch. The caller, who guessed the men might be smoking marijuana, was afraid they might start a fire.

12:46 p.m.: A caller said a man at Dolce’s Hair Salon, 2209 N. Tracy Blvd., tried to throw chairs out of the salon after he was refused a haircut. The man was gone when the police arrived.

12:56 p.m.: A caller said that some people camped on the north side of Interstate 205 near Corral Hollow Road appeared to have started a fire. The caller was concerned because of all the tumbleweeds in the area.

3:27 p.m.: A caller said about 10 young teenagers were pushing each other at Yasui Park, 490 Glenbriar Circle.

3:46 p.m.: A car involved in a two-car accident crashed into a pillar in front of 99 Cents Only, 2888 W. Grant Line Road.

8:44 p.m.: A caller said a group of people had been driving a dirt bike with no lights and no helmet in the area of Harlow and Mansfield streets.

8:44 p.m.: A man on the first block of Palm Circle said his ex-wife had texted him sexually explicit photos and a video of herself with another man. Police said no crime had occurred, and the man said he would get a restraining order against her.

9:09 p.m.: A caller said he was following a white box truck toward Livermore that was carrying several mattresses stolen from Zinus Inc, 5831 Promontory Parkway. Each mattress was valued between $500 and $800. The caller said he saw a warehouse door open and the box truck parked near it. The California Highway Patrol stopped the truck on Interstate 580 near North First Street. CHP didn’t find any mattresses in the truck and thought they might have interrupted the theft. The driver of the truck was arrested on an unrelated charge and the box truck was towed.

Jan. 24

5:03 a.m.: A woman who lives on the first block of Larkspur Drive called the police about a neighbor who appeared to be asleep on their lawn. The caller said the woman had been at her door half an hour earlier, wanting to watch the news. When the police arrived, the neighbor was sitting in her yard and told the officer she was meditating. She said she had spent the night in the hospital for medical issues and hadn’t slept but had smoked some marijuana. Officers checked her home and everything was fine. Police said the woman went inside to get some sleep.

5:39 a.m.: Someone complained about a traffic hazard on West Schulte Road at Mountain House Parkway, where cars and tractor-trailers were making left turns from West Schulte Road onto Mountain House Parkway without a turn lane. Another caller two hours later said drivers were always “making their own lane” near the intersection.

6:46 a.m.: A woman said a man was “flipping out” in the parking lot of the Tracy Learning Center preschool, 238 W, Grant Line Road. She was dropping off her daughter at the day care center and was worried about the man being near children. Police found the man walking on Grant Line Road, but he refused to talk to officers. Eventually the police gave him a warning.

8:35 a.m.: Police were told that students at Kimball High School, 3200 Jaguar Run, were planning to have a fight during the second lunch period. Boys had brought boxing gloves to school, and administrators confiscated the gloves and told the police they would handle it.

11:42 a.m.: Graffiti was reported on top of the Grocery Outlet building, 825 W. 11th St. An officer spoke to the store manager, who was aware of the graffiti and said it would be painted over when possible.

1:36 p.m.: A caller said four to six people were panhandling and stopping traffic at the corner of Tracy Boulevard and Grant Line Road.

2:49 p.m.: A man said that he and his wife were handing out clothes to the homeless on the 900 block of West Sixth Street when four guys approached them and asked whether they were “disturbing” anyone. He said they were wearing “Oakland” jerseys and he thought they might be involved in drugs or gangs. Police checked the area and couldn’t find anything.

4:10 p.m.: A caller on the 300 block of Holly Drive said that two men wearing gray clothing were going door to door saying they worked for Pacific Gas & Electric Co. The men wanted to go inside but the caller didn’t let them in. Police found the men, who said they worked for a company that had a contract with PG&E, and their supervisor said they had a city permit.

7:37 p.m.: A caller on the 400 block of East Ninth Street said that someone had been putting glass in her Metamucil and wanted a record of her concerns. Officers checked the Metamucil and couldn’t find any glass. The woman also told officers there were pieces of Brillo Pad in her carpet that only she could see and feel.

9:35 p.m.: An employee at FoodMaxx, 1950 W. 11th St., said a man and a woman were in front of the store with all of their belongings and would not leave. A customer told them they thought the pair might be doing drugs. Police asked the homeless people to leave the area. The man reportedly had severe post-surgical medical issues but did not want help.

11:08 p.m.: A caller said that a man wearing all black riding a bicycle on Kavanagh Avenue near Corbett Lane was shining a flashlight into vehicles as he rode by. Police gave the man a warning.

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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