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September 30, 2011 > Newark Police Log

Newark Police Log

Submitted By Cmdr. Bob Douglas, Newark PD

September 25
A Newark police officer followed up on a petty theft case from the previous day in which the suspect had stolen the victim's wallet, cell phone, etc. and then used one of the credit cards at Safeway. After obtaining video of the sales transaction, the officer identified a possible suspect and coordinated an early morning probation search. Erik Koskela of Newark was taken into custody without incident at his home and admitted his involvement after being confronted with video still shots of him using the victim's credit cards. The victim's cell phone and credit cards were also recovered during the search.

At 2:18 p.m., a neighbor on Garrone Place called Police to report a possible residential burglary in progress involving three juvenile suspects. Three suspects ran out of the side yard where they were greeted by officers. The three juveniles were taken into custody and found to have marijuana branches stuffed in their waistbands. A check of the residence yielded a forced rear door, some graffiti on the interior walls and a cabinet in the garage that had been used to dry freshly harvested Marijuana. Subsequent investigation revealed the homeowner was eventually going to use this residence as a rental property but had not yet done so. It appears the juveniles had noticed the house vacant for several months and had been using it as a place to hold parties and process marijuana plants unbeknownst to the homeowner.

NPD officers responded to 6300 block of Baine Avenue at 7:53 p.m. on a report of a stabbing. Upon their arrival, NPD units located the 15-year-old male stabbing victim who was uncooperative with the investigation. The victim was transported to Eden Hospital with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries. Witnesses are encouraged to contact the Newark Police Department with information. No further details.

At 10:17 p.m. an officer initiated a traffic stop of a vehicle on Cedar Court; the driver, Michael Billingsley was told to exit the vehicle for a parole search. Billingsley put several items in his mouth in an attempt to conceal them. Billingsley was eventually taken into custody but not after he had swallowed some contraband. Officers also recovered some cocaine that Billingsley had in his possession.


September 27
Officers were dispatched to 39600 block of Eureka Drive at 6:18 p.m. on a possible commercial burglary in progress. Upon arrival officers contacted Jayne Whitted of Union City, Patrick Erwin of Fremont and Rhonda Mc Donald of Fremont who were attempting to take construction material stored in the parking lot. The suspects were cited and released at the scene.

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