A woman from the 100 block of Holly Drive reported on Saturday at 5:04 p.m. that she was getting messages and phone calls from someone involved with “online witchcraft” who threatened to kill her or send pictures of her to her family if she didn’t give them money. They allegedly threatened to speak to the devil if she didn’t give in. Police left a message for the woman to call an officer.

Tracy police received 1,484 calls for service from June 25 through Wednesday. The following is a sampling of those calls as they were documented in real time.


12:41 a.m.: A person called the police and said someone driving a white Honda Accord had gone onto their property and egged their car. The person was calling from the home of the person they suspected and later followed the suspect to a gas station, where an officer met with them.

5 a.m.: Several big booms, maybe 10-12 of them, were reported in the area of Bonsai Avenue and Brookview Drive. The caller didn’t know where the explosions were coming from. Tracy police responded to 18 calls about fireworks throughout the day.

6:20 a.m.: Graffiti was reported on the sidewalk and utility boxes at 11th Street and Crossroads Drive. Public Works was advised to send someone, possibly with a power washer, to remove the graffiti. A little more than 15 minutes later, graffiti was reported on houses at a construction site on Michael Cox Lane and Patrick McCaffrey Sr. Avenue, and a can of spray paint was left behind. At 2:36 p.m., graffiti was reported on a wall near Coldwell Banker, 1486 W. 11th St.

12:59 p.m.: A woman said she found a man inside her home in the 600 block of Forest Hills Drive, and he pushed her down to the ground as she ran out of the house. Police had the woman wait outside for them to arrive and then searched the home and an attached outbuilding. A crime scene technician was summoned to the scene.

4:46 p.m.: A resident on the 100 block of Pereira Avenue got into an argument with a neighbor because she had parked in front of their house. The woman waited in her vehicle with the doors and windows locked for police to arrive.

5:43 p.m.: A caller told police that a bar on the first block of West 10th Street was still open despite the governor’s mandate for bars to close and also was not enforcing the face mask requirement. Police deferred the call. Another caller a few minutes later made a similar complaint about a bar on the 2700 block of Pavilion Parkway.

11:49 p.m.: A white Honda sedan was seen racing up and down the street doing about 120 mph in the area of Avalon Street and Northington Drive. The caller reported screeching tires and a woman saying: “Slow down. Let’s get out of here.” A second caller reported the same car and said people were hanging out of the windows and road barricades had been moved.


2:27 a.m.: A woman reported seeing a man in a ski mask smash the window of Downtown Tobacco, 1037 N. Central Ave. She added that two people were possibly involved, and they took off in a black Dodge truck. Police arrived, saw the broken window and took a report.

7:52 a.m.: At least three people reported a fight near the intersection of Parker Avenue and Grant Line Road, with one man possibly using a shovel to attack another man. Police arrived and talked to the people involved and called an ambulance, but did not make any arrests.

12:12 p.m.: Someone reported that a man, who appeared to be a transient, had spat on the people in Main Street Music, 45 W. 10th St. The staff at the store detained the man but didn’t want to press charges. Police told the man to stay away from the business. At 1:27, police got a call from Walmart, 3010 W. Grant Line Road, possibly involving the same man. This time he was singing about stabbing people with a screwdriver. He was gone when police arrived.

5:08 p.m.: A man called police to say that he wanted to recover his car, which had been impounded after a reckless driving incident Saturday night at Tracy Boulevard and Whispering Wind Drive. He told police that he was at a party at the time, left his keys on the counter and fell asleep, and when he woke up, somebody told him that his car had been towed. Police reviewed the report and witness statements from Saturday and informed the man that it would be illegal to file a false report.

8:22 p.m.: A man at Papa John's Pizza, 318 W. Grant Line Road, reported that two teenage boys with knives had just tried to rob him and threatened to shoot him, though the man didn’t see a gun, and then went toward El Pescadero Park.

8:39 p.m.: Police responded to a report of a crash at the intersection of MacArthur Drive and Schulte Road. No serious injuries were reported, but a traffic signal pole was knocked down, exposing electrical wires. Both cars had to be towed.

10:15 p.m.: A person reported that a man had jumped into a white SUV and attacked the woman driving it at La Plaza Market, 3225 N. Tracy Blvd., before heading south on Tracy Boulevard. Police found the car and followed it, but the man jumped out of the vehicle and ran away. Police tried speaking with three women at the scene and none of them would cooperate with police. Police learned that the SUV had been reported as stolen, and one of the women was detained briefly and then released pending review of the case by the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s office.


2:50 a.m.: A resident on the 800 block of Joranollo Drive said that fireworks set off across the street had started a fire in a palm tree. The fire department was called to put out the fire.

3:51 a.m.: A man called police to say two people had been shot and someone was trying to shoot him at Hoyt Park, 234 Dale Odell Drive. Police said the person had a history of placing unfounded “swatting” calls. Police found the man they believed made the calls at a homeless encampment at the edge of the park and told him to stop making false calls.

8:36 a.m.: Someone reported that a former employee at Motion Industries, 4165 Commercial Drive, had stolen $160,000 from the company over the course of a couple of years. The employee had allegedly purchased items and then adjusted the books so they looked like business expenses.

1:40 p.m.: An ambulance was called for a man on the 200 block of East Larch Road who said he was sitting on the curb arguing with a woman and then she drove away and ran over his foot. He said it was an accident and he didn't want the police to do anything to the woman. He wasn’t sure whether his foot was broken, but he did want an ambulance. 

3:01 p.m.: A caller on the 700 block of Bogetti Lane said someone pulled up to their house on Saturday and threw an explosive in front of the house. The caller said the same thing happened again Monday morning, and the explosion left a mark and debris on the driveway and parked vehicles. The caller didn’t have a description of the car but said neighbors were going to record the area constantly.

4:29 p.m.: A man tried to force his way into Wells Fargo Bank, 1900 W. 11th St., after he was refused service for not wearing a mask. Eventually he left, and police checked the area but couldn’t find him.

8:42 p.m.: About 100 cars were reported in the parking lot of Target, 3200 Naglee Road, with people hanging out outside the cars. An officer checked and said it looked like a group of more than 100 race-type cars with people hanging out, but no crime was occurring.

9:23 p.m.: Someone reported fireworks going off on or near the 2800 block of Ponte Mira Way. A second caller saw neighbors lighting the fireworks and was willing to sign a complaint. Another neighbor reportedly yelled at the people with the fireworks and they went inside for the night. Police received 20 calls about fireworks throughout the day.


1:24 a.m.: A fight was reported at Ralph’s Club, 444 E. 11th St. One of the two people in the fight reportedly left in a white Dodge Charger. A bouncer at the bar declined having an ambulance check him and officers stopped the car at 11th an East streets. No one wanted to press any charges and one person was given a trespass warning.

7:04 a.m.: Someone complained about a large, red tractor truck parked in front of a home on the 1800 block of Duncan Drive. Police said citations would be given if the truck was parked there again.

9:59 a.m.: A woman called and wanted to report that employees and staff at a restaurant on the 900 block of North Central Avenue, were not wearing face masks as they should. Police said they would send a message to the code enforcement department for follow up. A supervisor replied to the message and said code enforcement was not enforcing mask wearing.

11:07 a.m.: In one of 24 fireworks reports on Sunday, fireworks were reported to be coming from garages on Palm Circle and the 500 block of Sequoia Boulevard. Officers were unable to find them.

1:23 p.m.: A man said his 2008 Chevrolet Impala had been stolen from a home on the 900 block of A Street. The man said he had spent the night with his friend and someone took the car, and later said someone beat him up and took the car. The man said the car was bought the day before and he didn’t know the license plate number. Police listed the car as stolen.

3:52 p.m.: A catalytic converter was reported as stolen from a Toyota Prius sometime during the night. 

10:37 p.m.: A caller said reported hearing a gunshot in the area of Chesapeake Bay Apartments, 2941 W. Lowell Ave., claiming that it was louder and echoed more than fireworks. Another caller said it was fireworks, and an officer found a fireworks box burning in the center median and waited until the fire was out.


2:10 a.m.: A caller said someone crashed a car in a parking lot at West Valley Mall, 3200 Naglee Road, and the driver might have been thrown from the car. The caller also said the driver might have a gun and might have been drinking and was threatening him because he was talking to the police. Police arrested a man and took him to the county hospital by ambulance.

6:31 a.m.: A resident on the 1400 block of Greenwood Court said someone had taken nearly $8,000 worth of tools out of an unlocked tool trailer during the night. The resident was still taking inventory to figure out what was gone. The resident said their cameras were off but the neighbor's cameras might have recorded the theft. 

7:27 a.m.: A community mailbox break-in was reported at Crocus Court and Hummingbird Way. Another mailbox break-in was reported on Carol Ann Court later in the morning.

10:28 a.m.: Police were called to Bagel Street Cafe, 1875 W. 11th St., for a report of a man lying on the ground drinking alcohol and vomiting in front of the restaurant. Someone at the restaurant said the man had been singing to himself and then sat up and yelled at customers walking in the front door. Police arrested the man on suspicion of being drunk in public and called an ambulance after he fell and hit his face.

2:18 p.m.: A man at Fabulous Fades, 539 W. 11th St., told the police he was talking to a “difficult” prospective client about a haircut when the guy grabbed his chain and drove away in a car with a cracked windshield, almost hitting him as he went. He said the stolen chain was worth $3,000 to $4,000.

11:19 p.m.: A woman said someone in a passing car threw fireworks at her car and toward her open garage on the 1900 block of Holly Drive. An officer talked with woman, who was extremely angry. Another caller said someone in the street threw fireworks that landed on the roadway about 50 feet away from him. Police received 28 calls about fireworks around town throughout the day Saturday.


6:17 a.m.: A woman on the 1200 block of Riverview Avenue came out of her home to find her the door and trunk to her Mercedes open, with personal property, including a wallet, identification and credit cards, missing. Police took a report.

9:09 a.m.: Police went to McDonald’s on the 1800 block of West 11th Street after someone reported that a man was talking to himself and throwing things at passers-by, and had gone up to the caller’s car and “cussed” at his daughter. Police arrived and arrested the 27-year-old man on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly.

9:19 a.m.: A person on the 200 block of West 20th Street reported that the previous owner of a condemned house had returned and was feeding cats at the house, and the place was overrun with cats, kittens and also rats. Police notified animal services.

6:53 p.m.: Police responded to the Safeway gas station on the 1900 block of West 11th Street for a woman sleeping in the driver’s seat of a car parked next to one of the pumps, who had also been seen staggering around the car as if she was drunk. Police arrested the 19-year-old woman on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly, resisting arrest, and battery on a police officer. They put her into a full body wrap to take her into custody and then towed her car.

9:40 p.m.: Police went to the intersection of Tracy Boulevard and Mount Diablo Avenue for a collision between a car and a motorcycle. Medics were also called as one person was limping.

June 25

9:16: a.m.: A woman tried to use an employees-only bathroom at World Gym, 2340 East St., and tried to get back into the gym through a different door after she was asked to leave. The people at the gym wanted the police to warn the woman to stay away. Officers stopped her in the parking lot and took her information.

1:55 p.m.: A caller told the police a neighbor on the 3500 block of Surrey Drive had a machine gun-style BB gun that he shot all night long. The caller didn’t like the noise and said his fence had been damaged and he had found BBs in his yard and pool, but he didn’t feel comfortable approaching the neighbor directly. Police told the man to call the next time the neighbor started shooting.

2 p.m.: Two men with a gun robbed a person at the Valero gas station, 153 E. 11th St., and left heading north on F Street. Police checked cameras from the business and other cameras nearby for images of the two men. A police dog team tracked the robbers’ path but lost it near 12th Street.

2:27 p.m.: Someone who lives near Alden Park on the 500 block of Sequoia Boulevard asked for extra patrols after 9 p.m. because of fireworks being discharged every night until 2 a.m.

4:44 p.m.: Police were called about a suspicious car in the back parking lot of Shear Beauty, 1138 Adam St. The Honda had been in the parking lot overnight, and a man was standing next to it saying it was his friend’s. When police arrived, the man was in the driver’s seat, and they arrested him on suspicion of being in possession of a stolen car. The only damage to the car was a punched ignition, and it was turned over to the registered owner.

8:42 p.m.: Police received a couple of calls of fireworks in the area of Alegre Drive and Enyert Road. One caller said she was being terrorized by the fireworks. When the dispatcher warned her not to call 911 except in a life-threatening emergency, she replied that the fireworks were not fireworks but “terrorist bombs” and “illegal bombs.” Police checked the area and couldn’t find anything.

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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