A woman on the 200 block of Versailles Court called the police at 2:29 p.m. Monday to report that she had received a text message on Friday from someone who was apparently looking for a “hit man.”
The woman wanted the police to look at the message, which was from an unknown person who was unsure whether they had the right number. The text sender reportedly said the person they were trying to reach could prevent someone from getting killed, but the message also included a phone number and email address and ended with “Know any hit men? I’ll pay. I want to eviscerate him.”
Police tried calling the number but didn’t get an answer.
Tracy police received 1,389 calls for service from Oct. 10 through Wednesday. The following is a sampling of those calls as they were documented in real time.
12:40 a.m.: A caller said a man with a dog was going through garbage cans on the 1000 block of Winter Court. The caller said the man had a flashlight and was emptying everyone’s garbage. He apparently wasn’t making a mess, just taking things from the garbage and putting them in a bag he was carrying.
9:24 a.m.: A passing train operator saw an unresponsive man in the back seat of a red Ford Mustang near the railroad tracks at Lammers Road and the California Aqueduct. The train operator told police he tried to use his horn to wake the driver, but it didn’t look like he moved. Police checked the car and arrested the man inside on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine. The man was cited and released.
10:08 a.m.: A man stole about $4,000 worth of perfume from Ulta Beauty, 2475 Naglee Road, and was last seen driving toward Grant Line Road in a green Toyota car.
12:07 p.m.: Someone reportedly tried to steal a trailer at Harbor Freight, 3021 N. Tracy Blvd. When they couldn’t steal the trailer, they slashed the tires instead. An employee was going to check surveillance video to see if they recorded the incident and had suspect information.
4:13 p.m.: A man, possibly drunk, kept stepping into the roadway at Holly Drive and Clover Road and trying to direct traffic, according to a caller. Police checked the area and couldn’t find him.
8:29 p.m.: A driver said someone threw eggs at her car as she drove past Gretchen Talley Park on Dove Drive and then hid in the bushes. The driver said it was the second time someone had egged her car. Police checked the park and surrounding neighborhoods and could find anyone or any damage. The driver asked for extra patrols in the area from 9:30 to 10 p.m.
10:14 p.m.: A Toyota 4Runner crashed into a dry creek along Belconte Drive near Byron Road. The driver reportedly had a head injury and was possibly trapped in the car. Local fire crews tended to the driver, and a tow truck was called to pull the car out with ended up about 25 feet from the roadway.
3:34 a.m.: A caller reported three men drinking near a gray Datsun and a Nissan on the 800 block of West 10th Street. The caller said it was too dark to give a description of the men but he saw them drinking in front of the house as he left for work. Police found the men and had them quiet down.
5:52 a.m.: A man and a woman were reportedly yelling at each other and throwing things in Gretchen Talley Park, 1440 Dove Drive, possibly near the gazebo. Officers checked on two people in the park and let them go.
11:04 a.m.: A couple on the 1800 block of Bristlecone Drive told the police that their 15-year-old daughter’s boyfriend, also 15, has been sending her inappropriate pictures. The parents wanted to talk with a police officer to determine whether a crime had been committed and what they could do about it.
12:19 p.m.: Two homeless people were reported to taken up residence on the porch of the old Lammersville schoolhouse at Clyde Bland Park, 1753 Blandford Lane.
4:56 p.m.: A resident on the 400 block of Riley Court called the police to say she had set out cat traps and accidentally captured a skunk in one of them. She was afraid of releasing the skunk and wanted advice from officers.
8:38 p.m.: A person calling from the 2800 block of Campbell Lane said a tow truck with a car on it had been abandoned in a field behind the house with all its doors open. The car was a 1970s sedan with the number "420" on it. Police checked on the tow truck and found it was an unreported stolen vehicle from Stockton. The tow company planned to file a report with Stockton police, and the truck was released to an agent from the tow company.
9:53 p.m.: Someone was upset about a homeless encampment under the overpass at Interstate 205 and Byron Road. The caller said the homeless people were creating a mess in the area and they have seen a lot more homeless activity in the area in the evening hours. The caller said they were making a makeshift house and there was garbage, shopping carts, beer bottles and broken glass everywhere. An email was sent to the neighborhood resource officers to check on the situation.
3:36 a.m.: A homeless man wrapped in a blanket was reportedly lying in front of 7-Eleven, 455 W. Grant Line Road. When someone told him to leave the property, he told them to call the police.
10:57 a.m.: A caller at Shell, 3725 N. Tracy Blvd., said a driver in a Denali jumped the curb and was going about 100 mph on the freeway. Tracy police transferred the call to the California Highway Patrol.
12:17 p.m.: Someone called the police about a man who reportedly smelled like beer and threatened a cashier and a manager at the Goodwill store, 2626 N. Tracy Blvd. He was last seen walking away from the store with a Goodwill bag. Police checked the area but couldn’t find him.
1:42 p.m.: Someone told police about a possible scam involving a house listed for rent online for $1,200 in the area of Foxtail Way and Silvertail Place. The person who reported it said it was actually for sale through a different agent. The caller offered the police the email address of the person who listed the home for rent.
5:27 p.m.: A driver crashed a gold Lexus Es300 at Tracy Hyundai, 3480 Naglee Road, and he and a passenger ran away into the West Valley Mall. Security cameras at Macy’s recorded the two men entering the department store but then lost sight of them. Officers searched the store but noted that the men might have gone out another door or into the mall. Police called city workers to deal with a light pole that was damaged in the crash. They also called Sutter Tracy Community Hospital to see whether anyone had showed up saying they were in a car accident, but no one had.
10:10 p.m.: A caller on the 2600 block of Amatchi Drive said they received text messages from someone who said he was a reverend at a church and he needed the caller to buy items on eBay for him because he was busy at the church. The text said the caller needed to buy three $100 gift cards. The caller didn’t give out any information and told the police the number the texts came from.
12:03 a.m.: Police received several calls over nearly an hour from people in north Tracy neighborhoods, including Silverberry Street, Corbett Lane, Reyes Lane and Corral Hollow Road, about a band playing music at a loud party. Police checked the area and found the music was coming from a party in an unincorporated area of Clover Road. Police gave the information to the San Joaquin Sheriff's Office.
7:50 a.m.: A person who lives on the 1400 block of Blue Jay Court said the motion-activated screaming skeleton in a neighbor's yard was too loud and was waking up the neighbors. Then the person called back and told the dispatcher not to send anyone because the neighbor had turned off the skeleton.
11:31 a.m.: A caller told the police that homeless people were sitting near the dumpsters outside Shell, 3725 N. Tracy Blvd., and getting ready to shoot up heroin. Police couldn’t find the group when they arrived.
6:18 p.m.: Police were told about a possible case of animal cruelty on the 1800 block of Camelia Court. A caller said they found a stray Pomeranian at Kenner Park and returned it to the owner, who took the dog and grabbed it by the ears, making it whimper. The dog got out of the home again about an hour later because of a broken fence, and the caller was concerned for the dog’s welfare and said the owner didn’t seem concerned about fixing the fence. Police sent an email to Animal Services to follow up.
8:11 p.m.: A resident on the 800 block of Tennis Lane called the police after a neighbor across the street threatened to have his car towed for blocking her mailbox. He said he checked his car and it was parked properly, but the neighbor knocked on his door and started an argument. He wanted the incident documented.
10:02 p.m.: A caller said a group of about six juveniles were in a fight in the parking lot of Quik Stop, 1153 Lincoln Blvd. the caller said one juvenile hit another with a skateboard and fell to the ground. The caller said he almost hit one of them with his vehicle when the ran across Lincoln Blvd. An ambulance was called and told to stage nearby until police arrived on scene. When police contacted Quik Stop the owner said nothing was happening in front of the business. Police arrived and the juveniles were gone.
1:14 a.m.: A resident in the 2400 block of Colony Drive said someone had smeared oil and dry macaroni all over his car. Police found coconut oil on the door handles and loose noodles. The car was undamaged, and the police checked other vehicles in the area and didn't find any signs of vandalism.
3:44 a.m.: A cook at Denny’s, 3718 N. Tracy Blvd., called 911 when a man at the restaurant became hostile. The man was in an argument with another customer about a deal gone wrong and was heard saying, “You going to buy me breakfast or pay me back for the weed you smoked.” The man left in a silver-colored vehicle. He was believed to be the same person who got into an argument and then allegedly punched a woman at Tracy Mini Storage, 385 Enterprise Place, when he learned that she had a pass code on her phone.
4:19 a.m.: A guest at Motel 6, 3810 N Tracy Blvd., went to the office and said there was a man with a gun who had threatened to shoot people. Police surrounded the motel and took a woman and a man into custody. The man was arrested on a no-bail warrant for receiving stolen property and the woman on a no-bail warrant for drug charges. Police did not say whether they found a handgun on the man.
9:30 a.m.: A man on the 1900 block of Columbia Court said his 20-year-old son was buying and using marijuana illegally and he could give police information on where the younger man was buying the drug.
12:22 p.m.: Police were called to close off a section of Grant Line Road after a natural gas line was struck and ruptured in front of Walmart, 3010 W. Grant Line Road. The fire department said the leak was creating a gas cloud that could hurt people in passing vehicles. Grant Line Road was closed at Naglee and at Byron roads, and businesses in the Walmart shopping center were closed. The road and parking lot were closed for about three hours until Pacific Gas & Electric Co. crews could shut off the gas line. No injuries were reported.
9:33 p.m.: A resident on the 4700 block of Cherub Way said she interrupted four teenagers trying to toilet-paper her house. Her son recognized the teens who arrived in a pickup truck and said they were not old enough to drive legally. The four teens ran off and left the truck behind. The woman told the police there was no damage to her house, but she wanted the teens to know it was not OK to vandalize a home or drive without a license.
1:31 a.m.: Two women with a man near a white sedan were heard yelling outside Avalon Apartments, 565 Peerless Way. One woman was yelling “I’m fine to drive” and the other was yelling “Don’t drive, get an Uber.” The caller said it was too dark to a get a description of the people.
8:19 a.m.: Two people were found sleeping in front of the laundry room at Motel 6, 3810 N. Tracy Blvd. One was wrapped in a blanket on the floor and the other was sleeping on the stairs. When the police arrived, both people were leaving the motel.
12:32 p.m.: A caller at Wells Fargo Mortgage, 3254 W. Grant Line Road, reported seeing two men smash a window and break into a silver Cadillac at a business next door and then leave in a gray two-door sedan. The caller said the break-in was on video.
2:02 p.m.: Police were told a man was thrown from the hood of a car at Starbucks Coffee, 2459 Naglee Road, as he tried to stop some people who had stolen money and a golf club. The man had arranged to meet someone at the coffee shop to sell the golf club, and the people took the golf club and $280 and left in a white Honda Fit. The man jumped on the hood, but the car kept going and turned right onto Naglee Road. The man didn’t need medical attention, and police searched the area but couldn’t find the car.
6:13 p.m.: Police were called about a man face down alongside Rusty’s, 299 W. Grant Line Road, who hadn’t moved in about an hour. People weren't sure whether he was breathing. Officers checked on the man, who was taking a nap.
8:35 p.m.: A caller on the 800 block of Tulare Drive reported hearing about 10 gunshots. Someone on Bankston Drive thought they heard fireworks but said they might have been gunshots. Another caller reported seeing aerial fireworks in the area of Eastlake Circle or Lighthouse Drive.
9:13 a.m.: A woman who believed her son was being bullied by another child on the school bus took it upon herself to end it. She confronted the child and told them not to approach her son. On Monday morning, she made a throat-slitting gesture to the child in full view of the bus driver. Parents of the child are looking to press charges if possible.
9:27 a.m.: A case of grand theft was reported on Hoops Court by someone who believes one of the three contractors they hired stole earrings worth $5,000 from the bathroom of their house.
7:55 p.m.: A burglary was reported on William Pishner Jr. Drive. A person called the police and said the doors to their house had been smashed open and the burglar took jewelry and watches.