Saturday night at 11:54 p.m., a Roto-Rooter service truck was reported as stolen from the 200 block of Deerwood Lane.

A GPS unit helped officers track the truck through north Tracy on 11th Street toward the freeway until it was spotted and a pursuit began at Mountain House Parkway. The person driving the truck went the wrong way on Interstate 205, entering the eastbound lanes heading west, and at that point Tracy police officers cut off the chase, which was taken over by the California Highway Patrol.

The truck continued west in the wrong direction of traffic until it drove over spike strips near Greenville Road. The truck took the Greenville exit and finally stopped a few blocks later. The CHP arrested the driver and returned the truck to the owner.

Tracy police dispatchers logged 1,383 calls between Feb. 14 and Wednesday. Following is a sample of those calls.


12:00 a.m.: A woman at Motel 6, 3810 N. Tracy Boulevard, told police that her family was trying to “kill her spiritually.” The woman, who was carrying a bible, told police her family dropped her off at the motel but she couldn’t go to her room. the woman told police that her family had been “attacking her spiritually”. The woman was not a danger to herself so police gave her information on resources and shelters where she could go.

12:57 a.m.: Two men broke into a truck in the 500 block of Presidio Place. the men were last seen running with a crowbar toward Jackson Avenue.

3:49 a.m.: A resident at Waterstone Apartments, 1951 Middlefield Drive, told police her husband’s Harley Davidson Sportster motorcycle had been stolen sometime during the night. Police notified the Delta Regional Auto Theft Taskforce.

4:11 a.m.: An employee from Tracy Launderette, 2316 East Street, saw a homeless man inside the business using a security camera and wanted police to tell him to leave. Police talked to the man and warned him not to return.

4:36 a.m.: Someone broke into the Mr. Pickles Sandwich shop, 2261 W. Grant Line Road. Police received a 911 call that a side window at the business had been broken out. A truck driver in the area told police he saw three people in a sliver Ford Taurus circling the parking lot. he also saw them put a large machine in their car. officers checked the business to make sure the burglars were gone. the car matched the description of a car involved in a car burglary at Motel 6 earlier in the evening.

9:21 a.m.: A window at the Sprint store, 348 W. Grant Line Road, was broken. Employees had not gone inside but didn’t think anyone was in there. Police checked the store and didn’t find anything.

10:05 a.m.: A resident on the 700 block of Shelborne Drive told police he gave personal information over the phone in a student loan scam.

12:29 p.m.: A resident in the 1500 block of W. 12th Street told police he through a neighbor put a screw in his vehicle’s tire. The man said he thought the neighbor put the screw in his tire on Sunday and he discovered it when his tire went flat while he was driving in Elk Grove. The man told police he didn’t have any evidence the neighbor put the screw in the tire.

2:10 p.m.: A resident in the 600 block of Scarlett Place thought a neighbor had an unlicensed motorcycle shop that was making too much noise. The resident told city code enforcement who told her to contact police. The woman told officers the neighbor revs engines up at night and has been told to stop in the past. Officer didn’t see any motorcycles in front of the garage door which was closed and didn’t hear anything.

2:16 p.m.: A man came into the police lobby to report a vehicle that had been dumped on his 5-acre property in the 2700 block of Byron Road.

3:20 p.m.: A home owner who is selling their home had a realtor hold an open house at their home in October. When the owner arrived back in Tracy Texas they discovered more than $15,000 of jewelry missing from the home. The owner was back in texas and wanted police to call them

3:57 p.m.: Extra police patrols were asked for Monticello School, 1001 Cambridge Place, after a driver passed a crossing guard while they were in the crosswalk.

4:12 p.m.: Several homeless people were camping out in front of Morales Furniture, 2350 East Street. Police were asked to move them out of the area.

6:18 p.m.: A woman was seen waving a knife around behind Blaze Pizza, 2976 W. Grant Line Road. There was a man next to woman on mountain bike and it was not clear if she was threatening anyone with the knife.

7:24 p.m.: Several power tools were stolen from Home Depot, 2461 Naglee Road, by a man who ran out of the store and got into a black Chevy Tahoe waiting nearby. Store employees said they would file an online report.

8:15 p.m.: A woman came into the Tracy police lobby with her son and asked officers to smell his hair and see if they could smell marijuana. The woman said she picked up the child from his father who had a court order not to smoke marijuana around him. The woman was told to file an online report but she wanted an officer to sniff her son’s hair. Police said they could not smell any marijuana on the child’s hair.

10:37 p.m.: A stolen Honda Accord was found at the ACE Station, 4800 S. Tracy Boulevard. The owner of the car was notified by San Jose police where it was.

11:28 p.m.: Two cars were burglarized at DHL, 1700 Pescadero Avenue. One car’s window was broken and the other was unlocked.


1:14 a.m.: Tracy police officers found a white 2003 Ford F250 that had been stolen from March Lane in Stockton parked near Motel 6, 3810 N. Tracy Blvd. The truck was unoccupied.

10:31 a.m.: A man who allegedly stole $25 worth of merchandise from Vintage Spirits, 2300 East St., was identified by the debit card he left behind. An employee of the liquor store called 911 after seeing the theft and tried to follow the man down an alley and onto another street but lost sight of him. The man left his debit card at the store and an officer used it to find his house, where his wife said she would pay the $25 and let her husband know when he got home. The store did not want to press charges.

12:24 p.m.: Four dark-skinned men wearing sweats and head coverings stole $1,000 worth of Polo merchandise from Macy’s in the West Valley Mall. The men might have left in a gray BMW sport utility vehicle. Officers were called back to the store at 6:42 p.m. after a man grabbed $5,000 worth of merchandise and ran from the store, escaping in a black sedan.

3:21 p.m.: Officers were called to try to intervene when two parents confronted the vice principal at South/West Park Elementary School, 501 Mount Oso Ave. Witnesses say a man and a woman were yelling at the administrator, and the woman was being very aggressive and “verbally attacking” him. One of the parents called police 20 minutes later and asked to speak to someone because a student had attacked his 8-year-old daughter. The officer took a report.

5:49 p.m.: Multiple officers responded to a fight between neighbors on the 2700 block of Holly Drive. Several people called 911 and reported a “large crowd” in a fight, throwing bricks at each other and using other weapons. One of the combatants slapped the phone from one woman’s hand and another hit the woman’s son with a bar. She told dispatchers a teenage girl stole her son’s wallet while he was on the ground after being hit. The tires on one person’s car were slashed and one young man was treated for minor injuries to his arm. One of the people claimed to have seen their neighbors pull out assault rifles a few weeks ago. No arrests were reported in the melee but this was the second fight at this location in two nights. The previous fight happened at 6:17 p.m. Monday.

8:01 p.m.: Officers were called to talk to a man trying to sell a cream to take oxidation off of headlights in the parking lot of FoodMaxx, 1950 W. 11th St. A woman said the man, whom she described as Hispanic and in his late teens with a backpack, was aggressively trying to sell her the product and put the product on her car. He then claimed she owed him $40 for the product, which she refused. At that point he tried to “buff off the product” from her car. She left but asked the police to talk to the young man.

8:40 p.m.: A Caucasian man in his 50s put a pair of boxer shorts over the camera in the fitness center at the Best Western Hotel, 811 W. Clover Road, and then locked himself in the bathroom. An employee kicked open the door to the restroom and saw the man against the wall, possibly “trying to hide.” The employee got scared, ran back to the office and called 911. The man, who said he was a guest at the hotel, then walked off into the parking lot, leaving the boxers over the camera. The man was gone when officers arrived at 10:30 p.m.

9:34 p.m.: A woman who was robbed at knifepoint was then hit by a car on Grant Line Road near Lincoln Boulevard. The call to 911 came in as an accident involving a car and a pedestrian that left the woman lying on the ground. The first officer arrived moments later and found that the woman was having trouble communicating. The woman eventually told the officers that a man, possibly wielding a knife, took her necklace. The woman was also missing her mobile phone. She was taken to an area hospital for treatment. At 10:48 p.m., as police were still investigating, the woman’s family called 911 to report her missing. They said she had gone to Rite Aid at 8:30 p.m. and had not returned home. Investigators are still looking into the incident.


1:03 a.m.: A Ford Mustang belonging to an Oakland resident was found parked diagonally blocking a driveway on the 2800 block of Holly Drive with the driver’s door open and no one inside. The resident called police but didn’t go outside. When an officer arrived a few minutes later, they confirmed no one was in the car and then called the Oakland Police Department to check on the resident associated with the car. The resident was not at home. Tracy officers pushed the car out of the driveway.

2:39 a.m.: Officers were called to the AM-PM mini-mart at 550 W. Valpico Road to deal with three people, two men and a woman, who were apparently drunk and refusing the leave. An employee of the gas station said one of the men was so drunk he couldn’t put his debit card in the store’s reader. The three got into a white Honda after police were called and drove away, allegedly running a red light as they left. An officer found the car in a shopping center at Tracy Boulevard and Schulte Road and found that a sober friend was driving the three around.

10:51 a.m.: Officers arrested two men who allegedly stole video games from Target at the West Valley Mall. One of the men was seen hiding the games while the other acted as a lookout. The man with the merchandise allegedly went into the bathroom and was seen with a knife, presumably to disable the security on the games. The men walked out separately, but officers caught up with them as they walked west across the parking lot and tried to get into a black Honda. The men gave false IDs to the officers, but when they were correctly identified, they were found to have warrants for their arrest in Merced County. The man who allegedly had the games was arrested on suspicion of first-degree burglary, giving false identification to a peace officer and possession of burglary tools. He was booked into San Joaquin County Jail with bail set at $210,000. The lookout was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and first-degree burglary. His bail was set at $215,000. Both men were still in jail Wednesday.

1:26 p.m.: Police were called when four teenage boys began fighting on the 700 block of Glacier Street. Two of the boys were throwing rocks and even bricks at each other. A rock thrown by one boy broke the taillight of a red Cadillac. The fight continued onto Summertime Drive and one neighbor said they saw one of the boys repeatedly banging his head on a dumpster. That teen got into a light brown car parked on the street. The others got into a parked silver car. Officers arrived to make sure the fight was over a few minutes later.

7:21 p.m.: Several people called about a naked man wearing a white mask and masturbating on the median on Entrada Way at Grant Line Road. He dressed and moved to a nearby bus stop and then a nearby liquor store. Witnesses then saw him “snooping around the apartments” on Grant Line Road between Entrada and Holly Drive. An officer finally caught up with the man near Colony Drive and gave him a warning.


12:30 a.m.: A caller said a white four-door sedan was weaving all over the road heading south on Byron Road. Police searched Byron Road from Grant Line Road to Corral Hollow Road but couldn’t find the car.

6:45 a.m.: A resident on the 1800 block of Alegre Drive told police that a 1999 Chevy Silverado pickup truck had been stolen. Police notified the Delta Regional Auto Theft Taskforce of the theft.

8:01 a.m.: A transient was seen going through a dumpster and throwing garbage around at Big Lots, 2681 N. Tracy Blvd. Police talked to the man.

8:50 a.m.: A man said a bag of work tools was stolen out of his vehicle at Burger King, 3220 N. Tracy Blvd. The man said there were no witnesses but Burger King had a video.

8:55 a.m.: An employee at StorQuest Express Self Service Storage, 225 Gandy Dancer Drive, said the business had video footage of a recently fired employee inside a storage unit that did not belong to him. Police told the man not to return to the business.

9:46 a.m.: An employee was robbed at the Valero gas station, 153 E. 11th St. The robbers left on foot with an unknown amount of money to a car waiting on 12th Street.

11:21 a.m.: Two vicious stray dogs were reported to be roaming the Tracy Sports Complex, 955 Crossroads Drive. A couple who were walking their dogs said the stray dogs, one of which was a pit bull, attacked their dogs, possibly biting one dog’s tail.

11:31 a.m.: Someone was reported to be smoking methamphetamine in the women’s bathroom at Lincoln Park, 170 E. Eaton Ave. The bathroom was empty when the police arrived.

1:32 p.m.: A woman told the police someone stole a purse out of her unlocked vehicle at Galli Family Park, 2341 W. Lowell Ave.

1:52 p.m.: Employees at the Pacific Gas & Electric Co. service center at 502 E. Grant Line Road said someone had cut through a fence and there was a homeless encampment on the other side. Police talked to people at the encampment.

3:37 p.m.: A caller said a man was panhandling and being aggressive outside FoodMaxx, 1950 W. 11th St. The man was gone when police arrived.

4:02 p.m. Police were told about four kids around high school age who were skateboarding and throwing trash around at the Tracy Learning Center, 51 E. Beverly Drive. Police found three kids skateboarding but no trash. They agreed to leave the campus.

4:12 p.m.: A caller told police there was a naked woman at Hirsch Elementary School, 1280 Dove Drive. She was gone when police arrived.

5:29 p.m.: A resident on the 100 block of Henry Court told police said they filed a complaint against a neighbor two weeks ago, and now that neighbor was threatening to hurt their dogs unless a fence was fixed. Police said the landlord were handling the matter and told the neighbors to stay on their properties.

7:03 p.m.: An employee at StorQuest Express Self Service Storage, 225 Gandy Dancer Drive, saw two video surveillance cameras being covered by a man who going through the units. The employee said she wasn’t sure how the man got in or whether he had a car with him. Police searched the storage facility with a police dog and didn’t find anyone breaking into units but did find a camera that had been covered. The employee asked for extra patrols in the area.

11:20 p.m.: A caller told police several cars were doing doughnuts in the area of Monument Drive and Sycamore Parkway.


12:11 a.m.: A resident in the 1900 block of Kavanagh Avenue said a man rode a skateboard up to his house and kicked the wall. The resident said there was no damage to his home but he wanted extra patrols in the area.

3:52 a.m.: Police were called to Motel 6, 3810 N. Tracy Blvd., where a fire crew responding to the report of a fire in one of the rooms was having trouble with a guest who was being uncooperative. A man was told to leave and warned not to return to the motel.

7:40 a.m.: Someone at Aspire Apartments, 2725 Pavilion Parkway, said they had been receiving threatening texts from random phone numbers.

9:14 a.m.: A resident on the 1500 block of Tahoe Circle told police someone had taken the tires off their 2016 Honda Accord.

10:35 a.m.: A resident on the 1400 block of Ray Harvey Drive called police about an ongoing problem of someone throwing empty Jack Daniels bottles into his yard. He said someone had thrown about 20 bottles into his yard over the past six months. An officer suggested that he install security cameras to record his yard and tell police when it happened again.

12:12 p.m.: Police talked to the owner of a Honda Accord on the 2100 block of Photina Drive that was sitting on blocks with all four tires and rims missing. The owner told police he knew about the theft and was working with his insurance company and would make an online report.

2:25 p.m.: A man on the 1400 block of Wall Street was seen swinging a knife outside his apartment. His sibling said he had a mental illness and might be off his medication. When police arrived, the man was in his home and did not answer his phone or the door.

2:46 p.m.: A man reportedly stole two hairdryers worth $600 from Ulta Beauty, 2475 Naglee Road. He was seen getting into a red pickup truck.

4:47 p.m.: A teen who took a picture of a car illegally parked at Taco Bell, 915 S. Tracy Blvd., said the people in the car grabbed the phone and deleted the photo. Employees said they saw the occupants of the car grab the phone. The car was gone when police arrived and no one had the car’s license plate number.

6:18 p.m.: A white Ford pickup truck reportedly backed into a Camaro in the parking lot of Rusty’s Pizza Parlor, 320 W. Grant Line Road. The pickup left the parking lot and went east on Grant Line Road. The owner of the Camaro also left and people at Rusty’s wouldn’t tell an officer where he went. They said they would tell the owner of the Camaro to call the police if he wanted to file a report.

7:42 p.m.: A resident on the 200 block of Remy Cantos Drive told police that a neighbor who thought he didn’t feed his dog had been continually feeding the dog and throwing treats over the fence even though even though they had been asked to stop. The dog’s owner was worried the food and treats would make his dog sick. He was told to contact animal control officers.

9:15 p.m.: Employees at Five Guys, 2970 W. Grant Line Road, called police about people who might be having sex in the bathroom of the restaurant. They told police the people were in the lobby and then they keep coming in and doing. Police told the group not to return to the business again.

11:23 p.m.: A resident in the apartments at 360 E. Ninth St. said there were two people near her apartment wearing costumes; one might have been a tiger and they had stilts. The people were gone when the police arrived.


12:33 a.m.: Employees at IHOP, 3120 Naglee Road, called police about a woman who was creating a disturbance inside the restaurant. The caller told police the woman was yelling at her son and being aggressive toward one of the waiters, and she asked for a different plate of pancakes for no reason. At one point, the woman appeared to be arguing with a camera mounted on the wall. Around 1:30 a.m., she went into the restaurant bathroom, where employees heard her making loud noises. When police arrived, they checked the woman for sobriety and determined that she was sober, and they checked her 13-year-old son for bruises and signs of abuse and didn’t find any. Police told the woman the restaurant had banned her from coming back.

2:51 a.m.: A caller said he heard a car doing doughnuts behind FoodMaxx, 1950 W. 11th St., followed by a large bang that sounded like a crash and then a second large bang. Police found a vehicle that had struck a freight trailer and a wall on the store’s loading dock.

5:26 a.m.: A caller said he saw a car with two flat tires pull into the parking lot of Nations, 3574 N. Tracy Blvd., and park in a handicapped-accessible stall without any placards on the vehicle. The car was gone when police arrived.

9:10 a.m.: A student at Stein High School, 650 W. 10th St., was sent to the office because he smelled like marijuana. The student was checked and displayed signs of being under the influence. He also had marijuana flakes in his pockets and backpack. The student was suspended for three days and enrolled in substance abuse classes.

9:10 a.m.: A car that had been left overnight at Texas Roadhouse, 2422 Naglee Road, was reported as stolen.

9:44 a.m.: A burglary was reported to police at the Tracy Hills construction site on Corral Hollow Road near Interstate 580.

10:24 a.m.: Management at the West Valley Mall, 3200 Naglee Road, asked police for extra patrols of the parking lots at night after noticing broken lights. They were unsure whether the lights were damaged by the weather or shot out with a BB gun. They said the mall is in the process of replacing the older lights with LEDs.

11:18 a.m.: Police were sent to check on a homeless encampment with two people in it at Barboza Park, 1587 Parkside Drive.

12:06 p.m.: An employee at Tracy Market, 15 E. Grant Line Road, said a customer broke a gasoline pump hose by driving away without disconnecting it and there was a video of the car driving away. About an hour later, a man called the business saying his wife damaged the pump. Police tried to contact the man and left a voicemail for him to call back.

12:38 p.m.: Police were told that homeless people had built a shelter over the barbecue pit at Lincoln Park, 170 E. Eaton Ave., and were not letting other people use the area. Neighborhood resource officers said they were aware of the problem and working on it.

1:35 p.m.: Someone called about a woman in an older Mazda who was driving erratically through the West Valley Mall parking lot, 3200 Naglee Road, and hitting curbs. The caller, who had been following her from Manteca, thought the driver might be drunk. At one point, the car stopped on a grass lot and the driver was seen trying to take her pants off. She got back into the car and drove off with the door open to Naglee Road. When the car got onto eastbound Interstate 205, Tracy police turned the call over to the highway patrol.

4:31 p.m.: A man on the 400 block of Tropaz Lane wanted to talk to an officer about an online scam. He said someone he didn’t know was using a fake profile to blackmail him after he sent inappropriate pictures to another man on the Kik messaging app. The man said nothing had happened yet but he thought the man would do something with the pictures.

5:17 p.m.: A caller said a group of men were gambling and playing dice next to the Kwik Serve gas station, 950 W. 11th St.

7:27 p.m.: A caller said there were about six high school-aged kids drinking alcohol in the parking lot between Meineke, 326 W. Grant Line Road, and Rusty’s Pizza Parlor. Police talked to the kids and got their information.

9:50 p.m.: A resident on the 1400 block of Wall Street said a neighbor was outside swinging a kitchen knife and yelling for her to turn off her lights and get off the internet. The woman said the neighbor always does this. Police tried to but were unable to talk to the man.

9:27 p.m.: An employee at Five Guys, 2970 W. Grant Line Road, said a woman who had been kicked out of the restaurant for performing lewd acts in the bathroom had returned and tore the photos off the wall in the bathroom. She left building and was hanging out with a group near the Burger King next door.

Feb. 14

1:23 a.m.: Police went to check on a homeless man sleeping outside Reich’s Medical Supply, 350 W. Grant Line Road, and refusing to leave. The man was gone when the police arrived.

2:09 a.m.: An employee at Chevron gas station, 1960 W. 11th St., said a homeless man walked into the store and was talking to himself and then became aggressive. He was last seen walking toward the car wash, and he was gone when the police arrived.

4:28 a.m. Staff members at Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, 1420 N. Tracy Blvd., said a drunken patient left the emergency room and got into a vehicle. They couldn’t say what kind of vehicle it was but told police she had been drinking. Police couldn’t find the woman.

5:13 a.m.: A caller said a man was challenging him to a fight outside Safeway, 1801 W. 11th St. The man was gone when police arrived.

8:29 a.m.: Police were called to Freiler School, 2421 W. Lowell Ave., for a woman driving recklessly in a Toyota Sienna. A caller said the woman tried to run them off the road and was honking her horn. Police were given the license plate number.

10:09 a.m.: Someone who lives on the 800 block of Cobalt Court said two packages were stolen from their front porch.

11:09 a.m.: An employee at Enterprise Rent-A-Car reported a car theft when a woman failed to return a 2018 Mazda and the company was unable to get a hold of her.

11:29 a.m.: A caller said homeless people were camped out in the bushes in front of a furniture store in the 200 block of East Street and asked that they be told to leave. Police talked to the people in the bushes, who said they would leave by the end of the day.

2:24 p.m.: An older man was reportedly undressing and trying on clothes in the food court area of the West Valley Mall. 3200 Naglee Road. A caller said the man had a bunch of clothes that looked like they had been stolen. The man went into a gym at the mall and eventually left the building. About an hour later, employees at IHOP on the east side of the mall parking lot called about the same man, who had been walking in and out of the business for almost an hour. Police talked to the man and told him to wait outside the restaurant for a cab.

2:50 p.m.: A customer at Starbucks Coffee, 569 W. Clover Road, said two men were in the bathroom for 15 minutes doing drugs. The men were gone when police arrived.

3:50 p.m.: A woman on the 500 block of West Lowell Avenue called police to say that her son had been assaulted by several people. The woman said it was the second time they had targeted her son.

6:20 p.m.: An employee at Chevron, 1960 W. 11th St., said two teens were at the gas station trying to get paid for washing customers’ headlights. They had been asked to leave but refused. Police couldn’t find the two teens.

7:52 p.m.: A caller on the 200 block of Gilbert Street told police her father said a neighbor was walking by and taking photos of them while they were outside their home. Police checked with the neighbor and found that the person was recording a video while driving when the father was outside.

11:57 p.m.: A resident in the area of Vivian Lane and Vivian Court called police about a suspicious car. The caller said the car parked on the side of their house and several people got out of it and went into another car nearby. The caller thought they might be doing drugs and wanted them checked out. The people in the car told police they were waiting for a ride.

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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