He said two guys were selling the TVs and computers out of a 1980s Nissan four-wheel drive parked at the Chevron gas station at 3775 N. Tracy Blvd.
The caller said he shelled out cash for two laptops and two TVs, but when he got home and opened the boxes, they contained two broken laptops and wood. He said he was fooled by what looked like newly packages boxes that needed a knife or scissors to open.
The Tracy Police Department received 164 calls for service on Monday. The following is a sample of those calls:
12:31 a.m.: A caller reported hearing “whistling” and saw someone walk out of a building to the corner of Parker and Lowell avenues, as though a drug deal was taking place. Police showed up 33 minutes later and heard no whistling and saw no one.
2:14 a.m.: A caller from Denny’s, 3718 N. Tracy Blvd., reported two guys got mad at each other and walked outside, possibly to fight. They left before police arrived.
6:51 a.m.: A caller reported finding a purse in the street near a trash can on the 500 block of West Fourth Street. It contained identification for a woman named Crystal Parker, the caller said.
8:34 a.m.: A caller reported someone broke into a vacant home and stole tools on the first block of East Seventh Street.
9:34 a.m.: A caller on the 400 block of West Larch Road reported someone damaged and possibly tried to steal a “company truck.” The steering column was taken, the caller said.
10:08 a.m.: A caller on the 600 block of Silvertail Drive reported a wife was “yelling/screaming/cussing” at her husband, then went into the back yard and started to beat their dog. The husband left before police arrived, and an officer said the dog was fine.
11:11 a.m.: A man on the 300 block of Ranchero Way reported “in-laws” have been harassing his family for the past six months with e-mails, letters and phone calls.
11:36 a.m.: Police went to West High School, 1775 W. Lowell Ave., on a report of a drug violation.
11:44 a.m.: Police arrested a man on suspicion of public drunkenness after a caller from the Employment Development Department, 213 W. 11th St., reported a guy was on the ground unconscious behind the building.
12:45 p.m.: A woman on the 900 block of Taft Avenue reported her landlord’s 19-year-old son tried to kick her out of her place by tossing her stuff to the curb. She wanted police to be on hand while she carried her stuff back inside.
1:38 p.m.: A man on the 2500 block of Greystone Drive reported a guy tried to break into the his house and then ran off when the caller went outside. He said the burglar got on his roof and busted an upstairs window.
2:03 p.m.: A woman picking up her son reported more than a dozen 13- or 14-year-old boys were in a fight at the Villalovos Elementary School, 1550 Cypress Drive.
4:25 p.m.: A police dog was brought out to sniff a car after a caller reported a guy in his early 20s was selling drugs in a parking lot at Ninth and School streets.
5:06 p.m.: A caller reported receiving a phone call from a man who said he was staying inside “their” Tracy home on the 2900 block of Jackson Avenue. He told the caller he’d changed the locks and cleaned the pool, but the caller told police the home is “under short sale” and he has no right to be there.
5:41 p.m.: A police dog apparently found drugs after a caller complained neighbors were in front of their home smoking drugs on the 400 block of Clarence Bromell Street.
6:18 p.m.: Police arrested a 20-year-old man on suspicion of a drug violation on the 100 block of West Carlton Way.
6:52 p.m.: Police arrested a 68-year-old man on suspicion of public drunkenness in front of Spencer Floor Covering, 154 W. 10th St.
7:29 p.m.: A caller reported his nephew was involved in a car crash Friday at Sycamore Parkway and Valpico Road and wanted to share information with police.
7:53 p.m.: A community mailbox was vandalized on the 1600 block of Parker Avenue, a caller reported.
8:02 p.m.: A caller on the 4100 block of Payton Lane reported “someone used his credit card information without his permission.”
8:05 p.m.: A man said someone removed “license plate tabs” from two of his cars on the 400 block of Pombo Square Drive.
8:10 p.m.: A woman on the 300 block of Violet Place reported finding what she thought were drugs in her son’s room. Police tested the stuff and reported the “powder tested negative.”
8:40 p.m.: A caller from the Valero gas station, 2420 W. Grant Line Road, got upset when kids called him “bad names” after he refused to sell them cigarettes. He said he was concerned because his blood pressure was rising, and the seven or eight kids were loitering out front. They were gone when police arrived 47 minutes later.
9:44 p.m.: Five guys got in a fight on the 1900 block of Isabel Virginia Drive.
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. To anonymously report information about a crime: Crime Stoppers, 831-6847.