Police blotter: July 5-8, 2016

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.

Tuesday, July 5
Around 12:16 a.m., under a railroad crossing near Morello and Marie avenues, someone threw a bottle at a vehicle, shattering the driver’s side window. The driver received facial lacerations to the left side of his face. The victim was taken to the hospital.

A fight broke out at the Whiskey Lane bar on Ferry Street around 1:18 a.m. Suspects were gone on arrival.

An M-80 firework was found on the front lawn of an Alhambra Avenue residence. These powerful fireworks were originally made in the early 1900s by the U.S. military to simulate explosives or artillery fire. A pyrotechnic license is required to possess M-80 fireworks, due to property damage and bodily harm they can impose if detonated improperly.

A suspicious vehicle, namely that of a mobile home attached to the power source of the Family Kitchen on Escobar Street, was reported around 6:16 a.m. The reporting party said homeless people were at the back of the business, however, the police log notes everything checked out OK.

At 7:07 a.m., a report came in that someone tried to rob a house on Pine Street. The front door was “banged up” with damage around the door handle.

Two black male adults, one wearing a blue baseball cap and blue sweatshirt, the other in a red and yellow cap, allegedly took demo phones from the Radio Shack on Arnold Drive around 12:26 p.m.

At 12:43 p.m., a residence on Muir Road was allegedly robbed of a game console and some games. Roommates were home at the time of the robbery, but apparently didn’t hear anything.

At 3:34, a 12-year-old said a male in a grey vehicle hit his friend’s bike tire with their car. The vehicle left the area, but the child said they thought police should know.

A white male adult in his 50s, with a grey beard, allegedly stole two beers from the 76 gas station on Alhambra Avenue before fleeing on foot toward the freeway. The subject has allegedly visited the gas station before and has been told not to come back. The incident occurred at a quarter to 7.

Throughout the night, lots of firework-related incidents were reported.

Wednesday, July 6
An alarm on Escobar street was tripped at 4:54 a.m. Elizabeth Whittington was arrested on burglary-related charges. A good reminder to keep doors locked and alarms armed.

A petty theft occurred at Starbucks on Main Street in the very early morning hours. A white male adult, possibly in his late teens, allegedly stole several bags of chips from the location before exiting in the direction of States Coffee on Ward Street.

Around 9:36 a.m., it was reported someone carved an “X” into the side of a car parked in front of a Janet Lane residence. Some items from the side of the house were also allegedly thrown into the garbage. Carrie Underwood, stop giving people ideas!

At 2:40 p.m. near Susana Street Park on Estudillo, it was reported two white female juveniles brought a broken ping pong table to the park and threw it into the creek.

At the Lucky grocery on Arnold Drive around 6 p.m., three small children, including an infant, were reportedly in a car alone, with the windows cracked. Tisk, tisk parent/guardian.
All sorts of bad things can come of such a scenario.
Thankfully, police said checks were OK.

Thursday, July 7
A vehicle theft was reported around 6:30 a.m. on Pacheco Boulevard. Apparently, a person was warming up their car when someone took the vehicle. The suspect left a Razor scooter behind. Tradin’ up!

At 7:47 a.m. on Rolling Hill Way, a clothes dryer caught fire. Someone was able to move the dryer outside and ConFire was notified.

Around 8 a.m. it was reported someone placed a sticker on a car, on the driver’s side windshield. This happened on Willow Street.

At 10:06 a.m. at the District Attorney’s office on Ward Street, there was an alleged gas leak. The building was evacuated.

At 1:13 p.m., a woman visiting the Wal-Mart store returned to find a large dent in her car.

Not long after at the same location, in an apparent unrelated incident, a white male adult in his 20s, wearing khaki pants, was “acting strange,” running from people, circling and ducking for cover. Danny, stop playing in Wal-Mart.

At 4:17 p.m. at the 7-Eleven on Morello Avenue, someone reported their scholarship check in the amount of $1,000 was lost on June 27. The issuer of the check said it had been cashed. A report was taken.

Around 6 p.m., two black male adults and a white female adult driving a new car parked in front of a residence on Elm Street. The trio went into a house on Pacheco. Suspiciooouuuus.

Friday, July 8
At 12:14 a.m. on Pine Park Court, someone reported a strong oil/chemical smell in the air.

At 4:29 a.m. on Twinflower Court, someone received a text from a neighbor stating someone was in their backyard and that they had sprayed the subject with a fire extinguisher.

At 9:51 a.m., a pedestrian was hit by a 2008 Dodge Charger near Pacheco Boulevard and Warren Street. There was “a large lump” on the pedestrian’s head, and he had a few scrapes.
Police assisted.

Neighbors are feuding on Grandview Avenue. Apparently, one neighbor puts their garbage cans on the street “continuously, all the time” so nobody can park there. When another neighbor moves the cans, their car is sprayed with water. #FirstWorldProblems

A petty theft allegedly occurred at Walgreens on Alhambra Avenue around 3:09 p.m. A white female adult wearing a summer dress purportedly took items from the store before getting into a black Subaru Outback and driving off towards downtown. This is not the woman’s first petty theft from the location, according to Walgreens.

A galloping deer with her young was reported around 4:22 p.m. near Court and Susana streets. Not sure why this was reported, but apparently police did respond. The deer were gone by the time police arrived.

At 5:03 p.m. on Court Street, an electric line was purportedly down in the street. The police log notes checks were OK.

An assault was reported at 6:39 p.m. on Lang Street. A male allegedly pulled out a baseball bat and multiple parties began physically fighting. One or more of the parties left in a vehicle, which immediately crashed on Miller Avenue.

Apparently, the reporting party was struck in the face with the bat and had a bloody lip. One of the persons involved, Cory James Stanley, was arrested.

Four unruly teens allegedly threatened a young female employee at the Jack In The Box restaurant on Alhambra Avenue around 7:16 p.m. Three were boys, another was a female. Police abated the situation.

At 8:30 p.m., four juveniles were spotted riding scooters on top of the Alhambra High School administration building on E Street.

At Eastwoodbury Park near Fig Tree Lane, a large gathering of young adults appeared to be “larping” (role playing) a game that had them “running and chasing eachother all over the park.” The incident had been going on for 20 minutes before the caller reported it to police. Hmm … imagine that. Kids playing in a park. Better report ‘em!

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