Police Log: Men in van scare Monte Vista student on way to school
by TP staff
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A student at Monte Vista Middle School at 751 W. Lowell Ave. told school officials at 9:08 a.m. on Wednesday that she was stopped while walking to school by some Hispanic men in a white colored van. She said the men were asking her about another student. She said she felt scared and ran to school to tell school employees what had happened. The parents of the girl were also notified of the incident.

Tracy police received 1,297 calls for service from April 10 to Wednesday. The following is a sampling of those calls.


6:44 a.m.: A store employee reported he came to work and found someone removed the glass from the business door at the Yippee Yogurt at 2982 W. Grant Line Road. He said he didn’t know if anything was missing.

10:42 a.m.: A school official at Traina Elementary at 4256 Windsong Drive reported a student in the school office who has been making threats to go to other student’s homes and shoot them. Police are investigating.

4:47 p.m.: A resident reported a home burglary on the 300 block of West 10th Street.

5:54 p.m.: A resident on the 700 block of Larkspur Drive reported his house was broken into while he was gone for 20 minutes.

6:45 p.m.: A resident reported a dog inside a car for two days next to an abandoned house near North Central Avenue and East Ninth Street. Animal control impounded the canine.

11:17 p.m.: Police arrested a 29-year-old man for an outstanding warrant for drug possession and he was given a new charge of drug possession on the 600 block of West 11th Street.


4:08 a.m.: Police arrested a man of unknown age after a resident reported two men breaking into trucks on the 1900 block of MacArthur Drive. The man was booked into San Joaquin County Jail.

9:47 p.m.: A resident reported a home burglary on the 1800 block of Camellia Drive. The homeowner reported arriving home and finding the house unlocked and items missing.

10:29 a.m.: A clerk at Grocery Outlet, 825 W. 11th St., reported that a woman was trying to pass a counterfeit $100 bill. The clerk reported receiving a similar bill the previous night with a matching serial number. Police are investigating.

10:50 a.m.: A 16-year-old girl who attends Tracy High School reported that she was attending the junior prom when a male student committed sexual battery on her while they were on a bus in San Francisco. She told police she and the boy were drinking with multiple other kids on the bus at the time of the alleged incident. Security reported that the students said that the touching occurred around the waist and over the girl’s clothing. School officials are handling the incident, and the girl’s parents are reportedly deciding whether they want to open a criminal investigation.

2:38 p.m.: A resident reported that a woman had dropped her pants and was leaning against a tree in El Pescadero Park, 250 W. Kavanagh Ave. Police did not find her.

3:14 p.m.: A business clerk reported that someone cut wires over the weekend and broke into the electrical room at Realty World, 1486 W. 11th St.


6:52 a.m.: A resident reported that a car burglar left behind a flashlight on the 1400 block of Egret Drive.

6:18 p.m.: A resident on the 200 block of Vivian Court reported that someone broke into his vehicle and stole the garage door controls on Sunday night, and on Monday, he found his garage open.


10:56 a.m.: Police arrested a 25-year-old man for drug possession near West 12th Street and Parker Avenue.

Noon: A man reported that someone broke a window and stole a bag full of candy from his car in front of a health club on the 100 block of North Tracy Boulevard.

3:37 p.m.: Police arrested a 31-year-old man for outstanding warrants for vandalism, contempt of court and battery.

4:07 p.m.: A resident reported that her aunt’s dog was missing on the 1200 block of Wilson Avenue. She said the dog had been tied in the front yard with a leash, and she wasn’t sure if it was stolen or got loose. Dispatchers told her how to contact animal control.

7:13 p.m.: A woman reported that someone broke into her house through the garage door on the 100 block of Diego Lane.

10:27 p.m.: A resident reported BB damage to her front door and pellet holes in her home security sign.

10:32 p.m.: A man told police that someone broke into his car and stole his girlfriend’s purse and a laptop on the 200 block of Tahoe Circle.


1:32 a.m.: A resident reported seeing a car hit a railroad crossing arm near Chrisman and Schulte roads. He said the driver jumped out of the car and seemed uninjured. A second caller said she had stopped to see if the driver was OK, but he waved her off. Police looked for the driver and informed the railroad about the broken crossing arm. A tow truck company worker told police at 1:52 a.m. that someone had contacted him to remove a car from the railroad tracks. He said the caller hung up when he explained that he would not tow a car without someone present.

5:10 a.m.: A resident reported that three men were trying to get into his garage to steal his custom motorcycle on the 1100 block of Vallerand Road. He said they cut holes in the garage to open it, but they left before police arrived.

7:48 a.m.: A resident reported extensive damage to the grass at Zanuzzi Park, 1500 Promenade Circle, caused by someone driving on the lawn.

6:54 p.m.: A resident reported that a woman in a car tried to give his 4-year-old daughter clothes and other items near Pescadero Avenue and Mary Jean Lane. He said he didn’t know the woman and wanted to talk to an officer.

8:40 p.m.: A resident reported gunshots near Tracy Boulevard and Monument Drive. The caller claimed to have heard six pistol shots and one gunshot blast. Another caller said the sounds were probably fireworks.


12:41 a.m.: Police arrested someone for auto burglary after a resident reported seeing two men breaking into a vehicle on the 200 block of San Simeon Way. No details were provided about the arrest.

12:53 a.m.: A resident reported a home burglary on the 100 block of Highland Avenue. He said he heard the sound of a window opening and then a bang. When he opened the door to his room, he saw someone jump out a back window.

1:38 a.m.: A resident reported that a man was assaulted and knocked out by another man in his 20s with a thin build, wearing black pants and a black shirt, on the 700 block of North Central Avenue. Police checked the area but did not find the alleged assailant.

9:15 a.m.: A school employee at North School, 2875 Holly Drive, reported a student with a knife. The knife was taken from the child and school officials decided to handle the matter themselves.

5:24 p.m.: A woman reported a snake in her front yard on the 1100 block of Cornucopia Place. She said it tried to attack her when she shooed it away with a broom. Later, she called back and said it was gone.

April 10

12:25 a.m.: A 37-year-old man was arrested for exhibiting a deadly weapon near South Tracy Boulevard and Gandy Dancer Drive.

10:25 a.m.: Someone who was house-sitting on the 300 block of West 23rd Street reported finding a man and a woman inside the house who didn’t belong there. He said they had been told to leave. Officers stopped the man and woman to search them for stolen property and warned them for trespassing.

10:46 a.m.: Police arrested a 22-year-old man for outstanding warrants that included driving with a suspended license.

10:55 a.m.: A resident reported that someone had been in his locked backyard on the 3100 block of Ormonde Street. He said he found a ladder leaning up against the fence. Police spoke with a neighbor, who said her dog had jumped into the yard and her father went in to catch it.

1:52 p.m.: Police were called to help after a construction crew hit a gas line near North MacArthur and Pombo Square drives.

2:52 p.m.: A resident reported seeing something hanging from a tree near North Tracy Boulevard and West Larch Road. Officers found that it was a stuffed chicken costume.

3:10 p.m.: A woman reported that someone tried to break into her house using a crowbar on the 1800 block of Thelma Loop.

4:50 p.m.: A business clerk reported that someone tried to set the gas line on fire at Taco Bell, 2880 W. Grant Line Road. He said a plastic covering over the gas line was burned. Police are investigating.

8:17 p.m.: A woman reported that her mother had received harassing phone calls on the 500 block of Charlemagne Lane from someone posing as a representative of the IRS. She said the man who called wanted personal information, and when her mother refused, he threatened to have her arrested and deported. Police advised the woman to have the phone company block the man’s number, because the call was a scam.

• 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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