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April 23, 2013 > Newark Police Log

Newark Police Log

Submitted By Newark PD

April 5
2338 Hours: Officer Katz investigated a residential ransack burglary that occurred on Lake Blvd. between 7 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Entry was gained into the residence via the rear sliding glass door and the loss was jewelry.

April 6
At 3:58 p.m. Officer Jackman arrested Dana Rodrigues for Assault on a Child. Dana and the victim were in an argument when Dana struck the victim repeatedly in the face with an open hand. Fearing for the victim's safety a family member called 911. Dana was taken into custody without incident and booked at Fremont Jail.

Officer Slater arrested Berena Franco for Grand Theft at 4:16 p.m. Berena was arrested by Macy's Loss Prevention after she was caught stealing over $1000 women's clothing. Berena was caught as she exited the store failing to pay for the merchandise hidden in her bags. Berena was taken into custody and transported to Fremont Jail where she was booked.

Loss prevention at Raley's called at 8:29 p.m. for assistance in taking a shoplifter into custody. Officers Taylor and Smith arrived in time to assist with the apprehension as one of the suspects ran out of the store. Subsequent investigation revealed Roxanne Louis of Hayward and Regina Meekins of Hayward both entered Raley's with the intent to commit various crimes (i.e., theft, forgery, etc.). They had just committed similar crimes at the Trader Joe's in Fremont less than two hours earlier. Castillo was arrested for burglary and Meekins was arrested for various charges related to the forged checks she had in her possession and the check she had just forged at Trader Joe's.

Officer Katz responded to a fight in progress at Madeira's Liquors on Thornton Ave. at 11:37 p.m. An intoxicated Frank Garcia of Hayward tried to pick a fight with an unsuspecting customer and according to witnesses, ended up getting himself knocked out. Garcia was transported to Washington Hospital with a bloody nose.

April 7
At 10:13 a.m., Officer Ramos investigated an interrupted residential burglary in the 6200 block of Lido Ct. The victim who rents a room at the residence was asleep in his room when he heard some banging down stairs. Thinking it was his landlord, the victim ignored the noises until his bedroom door was kicked open. The victim was surprised to see a Hispanic male juvenile 13-16 years old, wearing dark clothing staring at him. The victim watched as the suspect turned and fled down the stairs and out the front door. A witness spotted two suspects run to an awaiting vehicle. The vehicle was described as a late model 4-door sedan black in color. The witness said the car was 15 to 20 years old. She also described the suspects as male and female both in dark clothing.

Officer Nobbe arrested Felipe Ponce Union City at 2:10 p.m. for Drunk in Public, Possession of a Dirk or Dagger, and Possession of a Drug Paraphernalia. Felipe was harassing the EZ8 Motel cleaning ladies offering them money to let him into a room. It was discovered that Felipe was registered to room 212 and had not paid for the remainder of the day. Felipe was found to be on probation with a search clause. A search of his property yielded an illegal knife and a hypodermic needle. Felipe was arrested and booked into Fremont Jail.

April 8
Officer Eriksen handled a stolen vehicle case at 12:45 p.m. from the 6700 block of Thornton Ave. A gray 1995 Pontiac Bonneville license # 5PMA248 was stolen from the front of the auto dealer while the owner was inside. The owner had left the keys in the vehicle and the car running.

At 6:21 p.m., a citizen reported that he was robbed at gunpoint on Sycamore Street near Carter Avenue. The incident reportedly occurred at 6 p.m. when he stopped his vehicle to trouble-shoot a strange mechanical noise. He was accosted by three men, one of which brandished a silver semi-automatic pistol. They demanded cash. The men fled south on Sycamore Street in a black Lexus sedan with gold trim/emblems.

Suspect 1 (gunman): Hispanic Male Adult, 25yrs, 511/200, slicked-back hair, red t-shirt, blue denim pants, white shoes.

Suspect 2: Black Male Adult, 30yrs, 601/260, fade-style haircut, goatee beard, white t-shirt, blue denim pants.

Suspect 3: Black Male Adult, 25yrs, black hooded sweatshirt, gold bottom teeth.

April 10
Officer Katz investigated a theft at Pick-N-Pull, 7400 Mowry Ave. at 11 a.m. The suspect/s cut a hole in the perimeter fence, entered the yard, and stole 22 catalytic converters. The theft occurred between 04/09 at 3 p.m. and 04/10 at 5:10 a.m.

Officer Horst accepted a Citizen's Arrest from Sears of Andrew Manu of Newark at 4:06 p.m. for theft. He was issued a citation and released.

April 11
Officers responded to the area of Thornton Ave. and Sycamore St. at 9:46 a.m. for a subject yelling at passing traffic. Officer Clark arrested Kevin Hoffmaster, Transient for possession of a Billy club. Hoffmaster was booked at Santa Rita.

At 2:47 p.m., Officer Horst investigated a residential burglary in the 35100 block of Blackburn Dr. Entry was made through a rear window. Loss was cash. It occurred between 1 a.m. and 2 p.m.

At 3:33 p.m.,Officer Fredstrom investigated a residential burglary in the 36800 block of Spruce St. The resident returned home to find his doors unlocked. The loss was a document safe containing jewelry and cash. It occurred between 7 a.m. and time of call.

April 12
Officer Neithercutt responded to Moores Ave. and Margurite Dr. at 4:07 p.m. for an abandoned vehicle, which turned out to be a stolen vehicle out of Hayward.

April 13
At 6:54 p.m., Officer Taylor investigated a residential ransack burglary that occurred on Chapman Dr. The loss included a safe containing $10,000 in jewelry.

April 14
At 11:17 p.m., an investigation into a cell phone that went missing at the Chuck E. Cheese restaurant led Officer Hogan to two residences on Cotton Ave. A Find-My-Phone type application put the location of the phone directly in between both houses. A parole search at one of the residences resulted in the arrest of Michael McDonald of Newark for possession of Methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and a parole violation. The missing phone was located next door to McDonald's residence. McDonald was booked at FPD Jail.

April 15
At 3:29 a.m., Officer Norvell investigated a window smash (large rock) burglary of Oliveira's Liquors, 5650 Thornton Ave. Loss was cigarettes.

April 17
Officer Geser responded to a theft at 7151 Gateway Blvd. (formerly InVision Technologies) at 4:16 a.m. Security yelled at two suspects in a full size, white 4-dr, Chevrolet pickup with 4 yellow lights on the roof at about 4:10 a.m. after observing them pull open a gate to a chain linked fenced in area with the truck. Security later found missing electronic equipment and copper cables/wire from the area that was secured by the gate and then contacted NPD.

April 18
Officers responded to an automobile burglary just occurred at 4:40 a.m. on the 36800 block of Newark Blvd. The victim observed a male subject with a mask over his face, wearing blue jeans inside his vehicle. The subject fled prior to police arrival. A possibly associated vehicle described as a small, dark colored pick up with cardboard covering the passenger side rear window was observed leaving the area about the same time. The loss is unknown at this time and Officer Norvell is following up with the investigation.

At 6:38 a.m., Officer Jackman investigated the theft of a vehicle from the Comfort Inn, 5977 Mowry Ave. that occurred overnight, the vehicle, a 2002 white Ford F550 flatbed truck, CA 6W78533, with a blue tool box and welder, was taken from the parking lot.

At 3:30 p.m., Officers responded to Sears, 100 Newpark Mall for a theft that had just occurred. The suspect had assaulted the Loss Prevention Agent as he fled with merchandise. Ray Ross of Oakland was located in the BJ's parking lot (by SET Detectives), where he was identified by the Loss Prevention Agent. Ross was arrested for Robbery and booked at the Fremont Jail.

At 8:30 p.m., Officer Kovach investigated a commercial burglary at Victoria's Secret involving (9) suspects; 8 females and 1 male. The group entered the store, opened up their bags and purses and proceeded to empty multiple display racks within seconds before fleeing the store. Newpark Mall Security was alerted. Once the group had seen the security guards a majority ran back inside of the store and returned some of the goods they had just stolen. All individuals fled prior to NPD being called.

Any person with any information concerning these incidents can contact the non-emergency line at 510-578-4237. Information can also be left anonymously on the "silent witness" hotline at 510-578-4000, extension 500.

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