A man reportedly doused himself with gasoline and walked into Starbucks Coffee, 569 W. Clover Road, on Monday at 8:14 a.m. Someone at the coffee shop heard him say something about telling everyone he loved, but couldn’t hear anything he said after that.

No one saw a lighter, and the man told people he thought the liquid was water. Firefighters and an ambulance crew set up nearby in case the man set himself on fire. The man left the coffee shop and got into a car and drove away.

Police found a gas can near the store with some gas left in it. They checked the home where the car was registered but couldn’t find the man. About half an hour later, they found him safe at another residence and had him taken to a hospital for a mental health evaluation.

Tracy police received 1,270 calls for service Thursday through Tuesday. The following is a sampling of those calls as they were documented in real time.


4:52 a.m.: A man on the 2900 block of Ormonde Street told police that he saw three people steal the rims off a Dodge Charger and take them to a Chevy Impala and Chrysler 2000. Police found the cars and pursued them, but ended the chase when the cars got on westbound Interstate 205.

10:09 a.m.: A white Subaru was reported as stolen from a home on the 100 block of Silkwood Lane.

11:39 a.m.: A man with an open container of alcohol was dancing in the parking lot of Winco, 2850 Pavilion Parkway. The man was gone when police arrived.

2:49 p.m.: Employees at Victoria’s Secret, 3200 Naglee Road, said someone stole $1,000 of merchandise the day before and they had photos of the suspect.

6:51 p.m.: Police were called to Nation’s, 3574 N Tracy Blvd., for a report of a man, about 30 years old, who dropped a gun outside the restaurant and then picked it up and went in. He then started singing, “I got murder on my mind.” Police arrived and searched the man but did not find a gun. After police left the man went back into the restaurant to get his food and began smashing a wall and then wanted to see the security cameras. Police went back but the man was gone.

8:30 p.m.: A caller said two kids walked out of a field near De Bord Drive and Cairo Court after fireworks went off in the area. The kids got into a dark-colored Dodge Charger and left the area. Police could not find them.

10:43 p.m.: Extra police patrols were requested for the 900 block of Winter Lane after a resident complained about a lot of people going in and out of a neighbor’s house. The caller thought it could be a drug house and said he already had to chase one person out of his driveway.


3:28 a.m.: A resident on Buthmann Avenue near Hawthorne Drive said a man was using a skateboard to get underneath a car parked on the street. When she walked outside, she said the man jumped up and ran to a waiting car parked down the street and left. Police checked vehicles nearby and couldn’t find any obvious signs of tampering.

8:14 a.m.: A man reportedly doused himself with gasoline and walked into Starbucks Coffee, 569 W. Clover Road. Someone at the coffee shop heard him say something about telling everyone he loved, but couldn’t hear anything he said after that. No one saw a lighter and the man told people he thought the liquid was water. Firefighters and an ambulance crew set up nearby in case the man set himself on fire. The man left the coffee shop and got into a car and drove away. Police found a gas can near the store with some gas left in it. Police checked the home where the car was registered but couldn’t find the man. About half an hour later, they found him safe at another residence and had him taken to a hospital for a mental health evaluation.

11:14 a.m.: A flatbed trailer registered to Tracy Little League was reported as stolen from the ball fields at Monticello School, Cambridge Drive. The trailer was described as having a black metal frame with wooden sides.

12:27 p.m.: Two men were reportedly approaching people in the FoodMaxx parking lot, 1950 W. 11th St., and offering to remove dents from their car with a hammer. A caller said the men were being aggressive and chasing people as they left. Police checked the area and couldn’t find them.

5:44 p.m.: A caller said a naked man was defecating near Sonia’s Restaurant, 2321 N. Tracy Blvd. The caller said the man had beverages with him but no clothes.

8:49 p.m.: Residents in the area of South and West streets reported a loud boom, possibly from illegal fireworks.

9:26 p.m.: Police gave a warning to a group of 15 kids setting off large fireworks in Joan Sparks Park, 2428 Carol Ann Drive, after several people called about fireworks going off.

10:06 p.m.: Someone driving home near North Souza Family Park claimed to see a mountain lion roaming through the park. Police searched the area and didn’t find any large animals.

10:31 p.m.: A caller reported someone shooting fireworks through the window of a silver Mustang in the area of Glenhaven and Brookview drives.


9:55 a.m.: A woman on the 500 block of Czerny Street wanted to turn in her neighbor, who reportedly gets water on the woman’s car while watering the front yard. The woman thinks this is a crime and was going to wait for police to call her back.

10:33 a.m.: A person reported goats in a field near the intersection of MacArthur Drive and Wagtail Drive. The person was worried that the goats could become a traffic hazard.

9:29 p.m.: A woman on the 300 block of West Grant Line Road reported that her boyfriend attacked another man who was in her car, and then stole the car. After talking to the police, she decided that she didn’t want to file a stolen vehicle report, and the man who had been in the car didn’t want to press charges.

10:06 p.m.: A person at the Valero station, 153 E. 11th St., reported that a woman in a gray SUV and a man on a bicycle appeared to be involved in a drug deal. The caller didn’t see any drugs change hands but thought the people looked suspicious, especially considering that they had been hanging out at the gas station for 15 minutes. Police arrived and arrested the woman on suspicion of identity theft and false vehicle registration.

10:42 p.m.: Police called an ambulance for a man who had reportedly been beaten up and kicked in the head behind Rusty’s, 320 W. Grant Line Road. Police got a description of the assailant, who was last seen heading west with two women along Grant Line Road.


3:31 a.m.: A guest at Motel 6, 3810 N Tracy Blvd., called police and wanted someone to check his lungs after he “smoked some drugs ‘wrong.’” He described them as “special drugs” used for worship. The call was transferred to an ambulance company, but then he said he didn’t want medics after all. A police officer found him in front of another nearby motel and said his pupils appeared normal and his pulse was in the normal range. The man said he was on a spiritual quest.

4:29 a.m.: Someone claimed to have been robbed of $110 at gunpoint outside Denny’s, 3718 N. Tracy Blvd., by a man who got into a car with a woman and got onto eastbound Interstate 205. Police reviewed surveillance camera footage and found no sign of a robbery. When they tried to get more information, they found that the “victim” gave a false phone number and address, so they canceled the case.

6:15 a.m.: A car and a motorcycle crashed at 11th Street and Tracy Boulevard and the car took off, running several red lights, according to a witness. The motorcycle ended up in the parking lot of the Chase bank and was engulfed in flames, but the rider was uninjured. The car, a silver BMW, had major damage to the front right side and was smoking as it left. A witness offered the police a video of the crash.

6:44 a.m.: The host of an all-star baseball tournament wanted extra police patrols at Legacy Fields, 4901 Tracy Blvd., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday because of several “smash and grab” thefts from vehicles parked for the tournament Friday.

2:17 p.m.: A caller said a man grabbed the arm of a 6-year-old girl inside Safeway, 1801 W. 11th St. The caller said the man was in his late 30s or early 40s and had been hanging around in the store for a few days, talking to himself. The girl left, but the man was still there. Police checked the area but couldn’t find the man.

6:42 p.m.: A man with a gun in his waistband walked up to an employee at Famous Footwear, 2471 Naglee Road, and asked for a woman he said the store was “holding.” The employee said that the man, who was wearing something like a bandanna over his head and face, put his hand on the gun. They said he had entered the store at the same time as a woman, who left the store after he did. They also told the police the staff wasn’t holding anyone at the store, but the man stole a pair of shoes about 15 minutes earlier. Police searched the area but couldn’t find the man or the car he left in.

9:28 p.m.: Over a period of more than an hour, police received several complaints of fireworks in neighborhoods near Regis Drive, Schulte Road, Central Avenue and Charles Street. At 10:52 p.m., fireworks reportedly caught some brush on fire near a backyard fence on the 200 block of Yosemite Drive. The fire department asked city workers to send a front loader to break up brush and wood.

11:27 p.m.: Neighbors got into an argument across a fence about a loud party on the 800 block of Colonial Drive. It began when a woman asked her neighbors to quiet their party down. Someone claimed that a neighbor pointed a gun at some point in the argument. Police noted that there were ongoing issues between the residents and sent a message to the department’s neighborhood resource officers to mediate the dispute.


12:27 a.m.: An employee at YRC Freight, 1535 Pescadero Ave., was struck by a vehicle that fled the scene. The man said he flipped into the air when he was hit. He was taken to the company’s break room and the fire department was called.

10:14 a.m.: A man who said he didn’t get the coffee he paid for at the Dunkin Donuts drive-thru was reportedly yelling at the staff, first in the drive-thru and then from the front of the business at 1970 W. 11th St. after an employee called the police and locked the door. The man also called the police and claimed that the workers gave his coffee to someone else and then wouldn’t let him inside or give his money back. The police told him it was a civil matter, not a criminal one.

2:19 p.m.: Police were called to the office at Chesapeake Bay Apartments, 2941 W. Lowell Ave., for a man who was “talking gibberish” about Willy Wonka and baseball cards and flipping people off as they walked by. Police stopped and talked with the man after he left the complex.

3:41 p.m.: Police looked for a group of people in a car who allegedly had a gun near Sprint, 2613 Naglee Road. One of the employees at the store said the people were getting into and out of a car and they saw a handgun in one passenger’s pants. Police found the car as it left the parking lot and turned onto Naglee Road. They stopped the car near the Chevron gas station and ordered everyone out at gunpoint. No one had a gun, and a search of the car with the driver’s permission didn’t turn up anything either. Police explained why they were stopped and let them go.

8:59 p.m.: Someone on the 1500 block of Chester Drive reported hearing three gunshots. The caller was certain it wasn’t fireworks. Police checked the area and couldn’t find anything.

9:17 p.m.: A caller in the area of Schulte Road and MacArthur Drive said aerial fireworks were going off near the cemetery. Police couldn’t find anyone launching fireworks. Half an hour later, more fireworks were reported near Portola Way and Balboa Drive.

10:59 p.m.: A caller said someone in a white pickup truck was driving in the neighborhood of Lincoln Boulevard and Vallerand Road and throwing firecrackers out the truck’s window. The caller said the explosion was so large that pieces of the explosive were embedded in the roadway. The truck was last seen on Duncan Drive. Police searched the area and couldn’t find it.


5:30 a.m.: A woman on the 200 block of Kelley Mist Lane had called Tracy Police the previous night to report a car parked in front of a fire hydrant. In the morning, she went and measured the car’s distance from the hydrant and called the police again, insisting that the car be ticketed. Police did not ticket the car and called the woman back to discuss the matter.

8:44 a.m.: People living on the 1900 block of McPeak Court were concerned about a neighbor whom they had not seen “in a couple weeks” and asked the police to check on him. Police learned that the city had shut off water to the house in March. Lt. Terry Miller noted that upon arrival, officers found a body in “advanced stages of decomposition” and learned that the man had not been seen in weeks. The preliminary investigation did not turn up evidence of foul play. “It doesn’t appear it was anything other than natural causes at this point,” Miller said.

11:07 a.m.: A person at Reddeway transportation company, 1495 Pescadero Ave., reported that a driver who was supposed to deliver a new Honda motorcycle to a dealership in town had taken the motorcycle home instead. Police arrested the 38-year-old man on suspicion of felony vehicle theft.

12:35 p.m.: A person at a fireworks booth in front of Walmart, 3010 W. Grant Line Road, reported that three homeless men were loitering near the booth, and the caller was worried they might try to approach the youth volunteers working at the booth. Police noted that the property owner would have to deal with the trespassing issue, but they did find that one of the men was wanted on a warrant for previous drug possession and misdemeanor child abuse charges, and they took the 64-year-old man to the county jail.

2:26 p.m.: A person reported a man with a gun near a homeless camp at Holly Drive and Interstate 205. Police arrived and detained one person while three others took off on bicycles heading east. They searched the area but didn’t find the man with the gun or any evidence of a crime.

3:29 p.m.: Someone reported that a car crashed into a tree near the intersection of Grant Line Road and Tracy Boulevard and that the man driving and the woman who was the passenger got out and walked away, heading east on Grant Line Road. Police called a tow truck to take the car away and asked the Sutter Tracy Community Hospital staff to call police if anyone who appeared to be a car crash victim showed up in the emergency room.

5:04 p.m.: A man on the 1400 block of Promenade Circle reported that someone had just stolen his work van, after he left the van unattended with the keys in it and the engine running.

• 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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