By DANNY YOEONO
The crime blotter is compiled from public record and is not confirmed by Martinez Police or any other party unless otherwise stated. Some accounts may be unfounded.
Saturday, May 21
At 3:30 a.m., it was discovered that a newspaper rack sitting in front of the Virginia Hills shopping center CVS pharmacy was broken into and an estimated $3 was taken. This was not a Martinez Tribune newspaper rack.
Another newspaper rack was reported to have been broken into at the Fresh Start Cafe on Alhambra Avenue at 5:44 a.m. This time the thief may have gotten away with $3-4. Dude, c’mon. How much do you just love crime that you would rob newspaper racks – a petty theft – to come out with no more than a few dollars. Dream bigger man.
At 8:24 a.m., the glass front door at the AT&T store on Arnold Drive was found shattered. There’s gotta be a better way to get the new iPhone.
Near 3 p.m., a suspicious person in a baseball cap was reportedly hitting car mirrors and yelling at people while walking dangerously close to the Martinez Tribune office going westbound on Ward Street.
Sunday, May 22
Alhambra Avenue Safeway employees finally caught a suspected donut thief who had stolen donuts from the grocery store located by the high school for two days in a row before being caught. Let’s hope maximum security prison has maple glazed donuts.
The same Safeway experienced another theft, this time at 3:50 p.m. With slightly higher ambitions than donuts, the alleged burglar was trying to get away with chicken and two bottles of alcohol.
A woman reported that her neighbor had somehow gotten access to her roof on Scenic Avenue and looked into her windows, even going so far as to taunt the woman.
Monday, May 23
At 12:17 a.m., it was reported a young man was on the curb of Main Street and Alhambra Avenue for hours allegedly wearing a t-shirt, jeans and boots while wrapped in garbage bags. Monday is garbage day so this is not out of the ordinary.
At 4:46 p.m., a duo of female juveniles allegedly stole a total of two bottles of alcohol and were seen joining two other female juveniles near the Safeway store from which the alcohol was stolen. The girls were approximately 17 years of age and did not have the wherewithal to get enough alcohol so each girl could have their own bottle.
Tuesday, May 24
At around 5:30 p.m., a man in a black hat was reportedly looking into vehicles parked along Escobar Street in front of the Creek Monkey Tap House while holding a navy blue duffel bag and a tall can of beer.
Wednesday, May 25
At 9:09 a.m., public drunkenness was reported on Berrellesa Street because a man was smashing bottles in the street before passing out. This has apparently been an ongoing problem.
Thursday, May 26
A possible threat was reported at 9:21 a.m. when a person was said to have been showcasing malicious intent by brandishing sticks and stones and an additional possible weapon, as if bone breaking tools were not enough.
More alcohol was reportedly stolen from the Safeway on Alhambra Avenue at 12:19 p.m., this time by four Vicente students. Why is this Safeway the only store where alcohol is stolen? There are other stores to steal from; give Safeway a break!
At 4:24 p.m., a resident of Via El Dorado Lane reported that their door had excrement on it. Which is no big deal, it totally washes off.
A man asked for police protection from “soldiers” four days from this date.