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Armed Robbery At Paradise Bus Stop; Shoplifter Raids Alcohol Aisle; Cars Stolen

Twin Cities Police Log May 30 to June 12

• A San Rafael resident reported she was robbed at gun point while at the bus stop on U.S. Highway 101 at the Paradise Drive off-ramp. The suspects pointed a gun at her and demanded her money. They took her cell phone, emptied her wallet and threw the wallet back at her. The suspects then fled on foot towards the overpass. TCPA Officers met with the victim and canvassed the area for the suspects with negative. The California Highway Patrol was contacted and took over the investigation with assistance by TCPA.

• A Loss Prevention Agent for Mollie Stone’s Grocery Store, located in the Bon Air Shopping Center, reported there is a subject in the store who appears to be stealing alcohol. He advised that he was standing by outside the waiting for the subject. It was determined that it was the same subject that had come in previously and stolen approximately $500 worth of alcohol.

Upon arrival, units were involved in a foot pursuit and the subject was caught nearby. A Mill Valley juvenile male was arrested for Petty Theft of Retail Merchandise, Possession of Burglary Tools and violation of Probation.

After being transported to the Marin General Hospital for a checkup for an asthma attack, he was released to his father on a citation at the Twin Cities Police Station.

• A resident of the 30 block of Staghound Passage reported his residence was entered, possibly through a back door that was left open for his dog. Two jewelry boxes were taken for an approximate $50,000 loss. He advised that previously, his vehicle was broken into in San Rafael and paperwork that had his address was taken. A Residential Burglary report was taken and there is possible follow-up pending.

• A San Rafael resident reported his vehicle was taken from the lot at the Golden Gate Ferry Terminal. He reported when he returned to get his vehicle there was a different vehicle parked where his had been. An Auto Theft report was taken and the vehicle was entered into the Stolen Vehicle System.

• Personnel at Redwood High School reported a student has threatened a teacher in one of the rooms. The parties were contacted and it was determined to have been a verbal threat only. The matter was referred back to the school to handle internally.

• A resident of the 50 block of Corte Solano reported his vehicle had been stolen sometime during the night and that he has possible suspect information. A Stolen Vehicle report was taken and the vehicle was entered into the Stolen Vehicle System.

• A resident of the 900 block of South Eliseo Drive reported her car is missing. A Stolen Vehicle report was taken and the vehicle was entered into the Stolen Vehicle System. The vehicle was located by the Officer a short time later, located in the 1000 block of South Eliseo Drive. There was minor damage to the vehicle, but nothing appeared to be missing. The vehicle was returned to the owner and removed from the Stolen Vehicle System.

• A resident of the 400 block of Via Hidalgo reported her vehicle was broken into while it was parked in the carport. Entry was gained after a window was smashed. Taken were a black pair of woman’s leather loafers and medication. The items were later recovered in the area. An Auto Burglary report was taken to document the incident.

• A resident of the 10 block of Drakes Cove Road reported his vehicle was broken into. Entry was gained after a window was smashed. The vehicle had been gone through and it was unknown at the time of report what is missing. It was later determined that nothing was taken. An Auto Burglary report was taken for documentation.

• A maintenance worker for the Larkspur Courts apartment complex on Old Quarry Road reported he had located two vehicles that were broken into after their windows were smashed. The Officer was able to contact the owners of the vehicles. It is unknown what was taken from the first vehicle. The second vehicle was located and it was determined that a Louis Vuitton purse, valued at $1,000, had been stolen. Two Auto Burglary reports were taken.

• A resident of the 300 block of Via Hidalgo reported her vehicle was broken into. Entry was gained after a window was smashed. The loss is a laptop computer valued at $800. An Auto Burglary report was taken.

• A Corte Madera resident reported via 9-1-1 that someone threw a water bottle and hit her while she was walking in the area of Redwood High School and the responsible vehicle is currently parked in the parking lot. She advised that she did not want to press charges; she simply wanted the responsible person reprimanded. The responsible party was located and the service was provided. The school was also advised.

• A resident of the 70 block of Corte Lenosa reported his vehicle was broken into via a passenger rear window being smashed. Taken were a laptop computer and a black computer bag. It was determined the computer was turned into TCPA as found property earlier the same date. The computer was returned to the victim. The black canvas computer bag, valued at $50 is still outstanding. An Auto Burglary report was taken.

• A Loss Prevention Agent for Mollie Stone’s Grocery Store, located in the Bon Air Shopping Center, reported he had just discovered over $500 worth alcohol had been taken on a previous date. He advised that he has the theft on video. A Commercial Burglary report was taken and there is possible further investigation pending.

• A Greenbrae resident reported while he was shopping at a store in the Village Shopping Center, an unknown person took his iPhone from the front counter in the store. He advised they had traced the phone to an address in San Francisco. A report was taken and the phone was entered into the Automated Property System.

• A Loss Prevention Agent for Safeway, located in the Corte Madera Town Center, reported he had attempted to detain a person who had taken off with a large quantity of razor blades and other items. The subject was last seen entering a white unknown-type sports car. The entire area checked with negative results. The loss is approximately $150. A Commercial Burglary report was taken.

• A caller reported a vehicle was broken into in the Marin Country Mart Shopping Center. Contact was eventually made with the owner and it was determined that an Auto Burglary had taken place. A report was taken and there is follow-up pending
regarding what property is missing.

• A San Pablo man came to the Twin Cities Police Station to report a check fraud that had taken place at the Bank of America in the Bon Air Shopping Center. It was determined that he had been approached by a subject he did not know, while he was at the College of Marin in Kentfield, who had convinced him to deposit a check into his own account and then give him back part of the cash, keeping some for his effort. It later turned out the check was fraudulent and the bank has now taken the money back out of his account, for a loss of $3,600. A Fraud report was taken to document the incident.

• The owner of the Cheese Steak Shop, located at 596 Magnolia Ave., reported a female got out of a brown car and took a chair from in front of the business. The loss is approximately $50. Units checked the area for the vehicle and subject with negative results. Documentation was provided for the incident.

• A Corte Madera man was arrested at his residence in the 100 block of Golden Hind Passage for an outstanding warrant held by the Marin County Sheriff’s Office. He was booked at the Marin County Jail.

• A resident of Suisun City reported someone had broken into his vehicle while it was parked at Denny’s Restaurant, located at 5839 Paradise Drive, and two laptops were taken. An Auto Burglary report was taken.

• A resident of the 100 block of Privateer Drive reported his locked vehicle was entered while it was parked in his carport. The window had been left open approximately 3 inches. Taken were a Toshiba laptop computer, a Cannon Powershot computer, and a 30 GB iPod, all inside a black briefcase, for an approximate loss of $960. An Auto Burglary report was taken.

• A resident of the 40 block of Corte Real reported there has been fraudulent activity on his checking account. The total loss is $1,066. A Fraud report was taken. There is possible follow-up pending.

• The Richmond Police Department advised they had located the vehicle reported to TCPA as stolen from the 200 block of Lower Via Casitas on May 8, 2012. The vehicle was removed from the Stolen Vehicle System and the owner was notified.

• The California Highway Patrol advised they had recovered a motorcycle reported to TCPA as stolen on January 15, 2012, from the 300 building of Old Quarry Road North. The vehicle was cleared from the Stolen Vehicle System and the owner was notified.

• While on patrol in the area of the 100 block of East Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, a TCPA Officer was flagged down by multiple citizens reporting an intoxicated female subject, who was in the area looking for her vehicle, and that she had a child with her. Officers located the female subject and her juvenile son. While speaking with the subject, she became verbally abusive and uncooperative. The subject was determined to be intoxicated. Officers were able to contact the subject’s husband who responded to the scene and took custody of the child. A Corte Madera woman was arrested for Public Intoxication and Resisting Arrest. She was booked into the Marin County Jail.

• A business in the 100 Larkspur Landing office building reported the glass in the front window of their office had been broken. Drawers in the office had been rifled through and a previously secured door was located standing ajar, however nothing was determined to have been taken. A Commercial Burglary report was taken. Another business in the same building later reported that they had also been broken into during the night. Taken were two laptop computers, an electric drill and miscellaneous office items, for a loss of approximately $2,160. A Commercial Burglary was taken. The Officer also located a broken window at a third office in the same building. The office was checked and nothing appeared to be missing. An additional Commercial Burglary report was taken.

• A resident of the 200 block of Riviera Circle reported his fly rod, valued at $500, was stolen off his dock. He reported that his unlocked vehicle also had been entered and rummaged through, however nothing taken. Documentation was provided for the theft.

• A resident of an apartment building in the 700 block of Meadowsweet Drive reported a small amount of money and her car keys were taken from her purse while she was in the pool area. Documentation was provided for the theft.

• A Novato resident reported approximately 30 minutes ago, she lost her Motorola Droid HTC cellular phone, valued at $100, in the Corte Madera library, located at 707 Meadowsweet Drive. She believed she knew who had taken the phone and provided TCPA with a description. Officers had previously made contact with a person matching that description, who had a cell phone, in the Corte Madera Town Park. That subject was re-contacted and was identified by the victim. The missing phone was located in her possession. A Corte Madera woman was arrested for Possession of Stolen Property and Violation of Probation. She was booked at the Marin County Jail.

• A Loss Prevention Agent for Nordstrom, located in the Village Shopping Center, reported she had three juveniles detained for the theft of merchandise for a total loss of $44. A Corte Madera juvenile female, a San Francisco juvenile female and a San Bruno juvenile female were arrested for Shoplift. Stolen property from two other retailers was also located in the possession of the subjects. Their parents were notified and they were released to one of the parents on citations.

• A resident of the 30 block of Enterprise Drive reported a GPS unit, valued at $200, was taken out of her unlocked vehicle. Documentation was provided for the theft.

• The secretary at Neil Cummins Elementary School reported sometime during the weekend someone threw a rock through a classroom window. There are also fire hydrant caps that are missing. A report was taken to document the vandalism.

• A woman called on behalf of her mother, who is a Corte Madera resident, to report she had received a call from someone saying her grandson had an allergic reaction to codeine and needed $1,800 for treatment. The caller had requested her mother meet him at the Safeway for the transaction. They knew this to be a scam and wanted to alert the police. Documentation was provided for the incident.

• A resident of the 30 block of San Clemente Drive reported persons he knew had stolen $36.15 in cash, a check for $108, and their rent which is $380 in cash. A Residential Burglary report was taken and there may be further follow-up pending.

• A caller reported in the area of Apache Road and Birch Avenue, on the ramp to the Sandra Marker Trail where it borders Corte Madera, there is black paint with markings on it. Pictures were taken of the graffiti and the vandalism was documented.

• A resident of the 10 block of Hatzic Court reported he has been stalked by a woman, who is a resident of Fairfax, for the past five years. He said they used to be friends and she recently won a judgment against him. Now, she screams at him when he is at random locations, and followed him to his house this evening in her vehicle. When they made eye contact she took off. A TCPA Officer met with him and advice was given regarding obtaining a Restraining Order.

• A resident of the 200 building of Old Quarry Road North reported four rims and tires were taken from his storage unit. The loss is approximately $8,000. There were no signs of forced entry to the storage unit. A Residential Burglary report was taken.

• Pursuant to being contacted by a TCPA Officer in an occupied vehicle in the area of Nellen Avenue and Wornum Drive, a San Francisco man was arrested for an outstanding warrant held by the San Francisco Police Department. He was booked at the Marin County Jail.

• A juvenile Mill Valley resident reported that while he was at Redwood High School, someone took his black Apple iPhone 4s, with a black cover, valued at approximately $650. Contact made with the victim's parents. Documentation was provided for the theft.

• A Greenbrae resident called from the area of the 500 block of Tamalpais Drive to report she was involved in a non-injury collision, that the other driver does not have proof of insurance and that there also was a verbal dispute. The other driver had left the scene prior to officer's arrival and was stopped nearby. A San Francisco woman subsequently was determined to have been driving while under the influence of alcohol and was arrested. She was booked into the Marin County Jail.

• A resident of the 30 block of Chickasaw Court reported his bank notified him that someone used his credit card to fraudulently purchase $264.55 worth of merchandise. A Fraud report was taken for documentation.

• A Corte Madera resident reported that his bicycle, a black Elektra single speed cruiser, valued at $400, which was parked in the bike rack at the Golden Gate Ferry Terminal, was stolen. Documentation was provided for the theft.

• A Novato resident reported her silver Cannonondale USA bicycle, valued at approximately $800, was taken from the Corte Madera Town Center. A Theft report was taken for documentation.

• A San Rafael resident reported that while his vehicle was parked in the 100 block of East Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, the catalytic converter was stolen. A Vehicle Tampering report was taken for documentation.

• A San Rafael resident reported her vehicle had been broken while it was parked in the lot at the Golden Gate Ferry Terminal. She stated the door lock had been broken, the stereo was stolen and the ignition was damaged. The vehicle had to be towed to a mechanic. A Report was taken for an Attempted Vehicle Theft and an Auto Burglary.

• A San Anselmo resident reported that while his vehicle was parked in the lot at the Golden Gate Ferry Terminal, it was keyed. The vandalism was not witnessed. Documentation was provided for the vandalism.

• A juvenile male Belvedere resident reported his backpack was stolen from the gym at Redwood High School. It contained personal items, prescription sunglasses and an iPhone. Personnel at Redwood High School advised that they had the theft on video. Two Marin City juvenile males were arrested for the theft. They were released to a parent at the scene on citations. A partial recovery was made of the property.

• A resident of the 100 block of Birch Avenue reported she had been the victim of fraudulent checks being cashed. A Fraud report was taken and there is possible follow-up pending.

• A Kentfield resident reported her red 21-speed men’s bicycle, with attached green milk crate and black bags below the crate, valued at $300, was taken from rear of Peet's Coffee in the Bon Air Shopping Center. Documentation was provided for the theft.

• A Corte Madera resident reported his locked bicycle was stolen from the bike rack fronting a business at the 700 Larkspur Landing Office building. His helmet, which was attached to the bicycle, was also taken The bike is a sky blue, with silver and white highlights, Giant Bolder 21-speed, valued at approximately $300. Documentation was provided for the theft.

• A homeless man, located pursuant to a bicycle stop in the area of the Marin Airporter, 300 Larkspur Landing Circle, was arrested for an outstanding warrant held by the Marin County Sheriff’s Office. He was booked into the Marin County Jail.

• A resident of the 10 block of Spindrift Passage reported two men came to her house, knocked on her door, and said her roof looked like it had a problem. The men went on the roof, came down, and told her she had a leak. They said it would cost approximately $9,000 to fix the roof. She went to the bank, and got a check for $9,300, issued to one of the subjects. She has not seen the men since that date and the work was not done. A Fraud report was taken and there is further investigation pending.

• A Corte Madera resident reported that while his vehicle was parked in the Corte Madera Town Center, in the area of Safeway, his bicycle, a black Specialized S-Works mountain bike, with XT components and box fox shock in front and rear, valued at approximately $5,000, was stolen from the back of his truck. He had checked the area and contacted security for witnesses or video surveillance and was met with negative results. Documentation was provided for the theft.

• A San Anselmo resident reported that while his vehicle was parked at the Golden Gate Ferry Terminal, it was tampered with and catalytic converter was taken. Documentation was provided for the Vehicle Tampering.

• The Broadmoor Police Department reported they had located a vehicle reported to TCPA as stolen, from the 50 block of Corte Solano on May 30, 2012, in their city. The vehicle was not damaged, stripped or burned and the plates are intact. There is no suspect in custody. The owner was notified, the vehicle was cleared from the Stolen Vehicle System.

• A resident of the 10 block of Sandpiper Circle reported her daughter was assaulted by another girl who punched her on the back. The victim did not require medical attention. The responsible subject, a Corte Madera juvenile female, was located and arrested for Assault and Battery. She was released on a citation to her parent.

• A Mill Valley resident reported that while her son was at Redwood High School, his cellular phone and other property was stolen. Documentation was provided for the theft.

• Pursuant to being contacted by an Officer in the area of the Golden Gate Ferry Terminal, a San Francisco man was arrested for being Intoxicated in Public. He was booked at the Marin County Jail.

During this two week time period, the Twin Cities Police had 658 calls for service. This included one call related to accidents with minor injuries, two hit and run accidents and 13 property damage only accidents. There were nine auto burglaries, five commercial burglaries and three residential burglaries. There was one call related to Driving while Intoxicated, resulting in one arrest.

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