Police Blotters – December 2008

The December police blotters show that in this foothill town, tis the season for paranoia. A snow storm midway through the month also sent people calling the police, assuming the snow was an intruder.

  • 6:30 p.m. — A caller reported a “suspicious letter” on the floor. The letter was found to be mail that had been dropped by an employee.
  • 10:41 a.m. — A caller from a business reported a BB hole in the window. The hole turned out to be a smudge on the window.
  • 11:25 a.m. — A Salvation Army bell ringer reported being verbally accosted. The bell ringer said the person acted as if he was going to punch him in the stomach and said he wanted to “ring his (expletive) neck.”
  • 10:31 a.m. — A caller reported three “suspicious” men. An officer found they were construction workers.
  • 2 a.m. — A woman reported hearing a “low” sound possibly coming from the ground that she hears only at night. She said an officer would have to come out and turn the car engine off and “calm down” to hear the noise, which she described as being similar to an earthquake sound. Officers were unable to hear the noise.
  • 9:37 a.m. — A caller reported a customer bought a breakfast burrito, ate half of it and then wanted his money back. He then threw it on the floor. [Um, Dad? Is this you?]
  • 10:50 p.m. — A caller reported someone was playing with a baton on fire. The person agreed to extinguish the baton and go inside for the night.
  • 1:01 p.m. — A caller from the recycling center reported a white man stealing recyclables. The description of the suspect matched the manager of the center.
  • 2:15 a.m. — A man from a business reported a tenant heard a possible gunshot. The noise turned out to be a soda can that had exploded in the freezer.
  • 2:28 a.m. — A male and female who had been drinking at their home were injured during a fight and both were arrested and booked at the county jail on suspicion of battering a spouse or cohabitant. The man said the woman tried to stab him in the head with a screwdriver. The female hurt her face from a fall during the ruckus.
  • – 2:30 p.m. — A woman reported someone broke into her house and stole her novel.
  • – 9:30 p.m. — A woman reported her aunt would not leave the home. She said the aunt is accusing her of elder abuse and “poking her.”
  • 10:49 p.m. — A caller reported hearing what sounded like someone on the roof for an hour. It was found to be snow falling on the roof.
  • 3:04 a.m. — A caller reported someone was trying to break into the building. The noise was snow falling off the roof.
  • 9:39 p.m. — A caller reported someone was playing bongos.
  • 10:11 p.m. — A woman from a business reported “skin tight” gang members were possibly going to be in a fight in the area. The same woman called at 12:51 a.m. Sunday to report lights were out at Taco Bell. She said there was going to be a fight.
  • 5:05 a.m. — A caller said that their son was sleepwalking and was trying to break down a door, and that he was foaming at the mouth.
  • 11:18 p.m. — A woman reported her neighbor threatened to do “horrible things” if she didn’t turn off the lullaby music she was playing for her baby.
  • 2:22 p.m. — A caller reported someone had been going door to door and leaving threatening sticky notes on everyone’s garages.

One Response to “Police Blotters – December 2008”

  1. sarah Says:

    God bless america – there are some crazy people up north! These all provoked laughs, although the last few seemed even better somehow. Also i like the description of the “white man” at the recycling center. That really narrows it down. That’s like how they give descriptions of suspects on the news for a neighboring city (by me), and it’s always a “hispanic male in his twenties,” – in other words half the population. Sometimes they’ll elaborate, saying he was wearing jeans and a hoodie. Again – thanks for describing the whole central valley. Unless he has a mole on his face the size of texas they really shouldn’t bother.

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