Police Blotter: It takes a village
It takes a village to raise a child, including the police department sometimes. That’s what the Sebastopol Police learned the week of March 12, when someone called to report a little girl who looked sad on her way to school. At 10:16 a.m., someone saw her and called to say she appeared to be stalling on her way to school. An officer was dispatched to make sure everything was all right and cheer up the little girl.
Between March 12 and 21, the police responded to 192 calls. The fingerprint machine was working again after some repairs, so 26 of the calls were for people needing to be fingerprinted. Eight parking tickets were written up, and officers responded to eight false alarms.
March 12, 9:23 a.m.: Report of a swastika painted on the street at Redwood Market Place. There wasn’t one.
1:37 p.m.: Someone left a $900 purchased on the counter at Safeway, and someone else walked out with it.
3:42 p.m.: Two expensive bicycles were reported missing from the side of their garage on Covert Lane.
March 13, 1:26 a.m.: A storage shed was burglarized at the Sebastopol Garden Apartments on Bodega Ave.
11:33 a.m.: Someone found a gray short-haired cat at Fircrest Mobile Home Community. It was taken to the Humane Society.
12:51 p.m.: An 11-year-old on Cleveland Ave. reported that a man had entered his residence, knocked over lamps, hit the television without saying a word and then left.
1:30 p.m.: A tanker truck caught fire at Rotten Robbie’s Gas Station on Healdsburg Ave. and there was an explosion. Other agencies responded with the police.
4:27 p.m.: An Analy High School student reported that an iPod and $30 in cash had been stolen from a backpack.
8:07 p.m.: A man was arrested for possession of stolen property at the police station on Laguna Park Way.
March 14, 4:39 a.m.: Officers removed a branch from the roadway on Jewell Ave. because it was a traffic hazard.
7:21 a.m.: Safeway employees reported that a student left the store with two umbrellas but returned them when she was confronted. The employees took her name and address and requested a stern warning from officers.
12:07 p.m.: An accident with minor injuries occurred outside the AIM Mail Center on Gravenstein Hwy. N.
3:40 p.m.: An alarm that wasn’t false drew police to the West County Museum on S. Main St. Some broken glass and a broken motion detector were discovered.
10:04 p.m.: Police arrested someone on an outstanding warrant at a Burnett Street parking lot.
March 15, 8:54 p.m.: Someone called to report a stolen license plate on Gravenstein Hwy. N.
March 16, 11:12 p.m.: someone called to complain that three males in their 20s were playing loud music at Fairfield Inn on Gravenstein Hwy. S. At the officer’s request, they turned down the volume.
March 17, 9:22 a.m.: Officers made a warrant arrest at the Sebastopol Post Office on S. Main St.
1:21 p.m.: Someone reported two boys on skateboards were causing traffic problems on Bodega Avenue near Ragle Road, but they had skated off before officers got there.
2:50 p.m.: Someone reported a male orange short-hair cat wandering on Jesse Avenue. The cat is now a Humane Society resident.
4:26 p.m.: Someone turned in a mobile phone found on the Joe Redota Trail.
4:51 p.m.: Someone reported an iPhone worth $800 had been taken at a party the night before.
6:01 p.m: Two men got into an altercation outside Giuseponi Hair Salon. No arrests were made.
March 18, 3:35 p.m.: Officers investigated the report of a suspicious male going from door to door panhandling, but could not locate him.
4:43 p.m.: Someone called because his neutered male dog jumped out of his pickup truck in the Safeway parking lot and ran off.
5:20 p.m.: Police arrested a woman shoplifting at Pacific Market.
March 19, 10:03 a.m.: Officers saw to an abandoned vehicle with a ripped convertible top that was filling with rain. It had been parked on High Street and Palm Avenue long past the 72 hour mark.
11:53 a.m.: Someone turned in a wallet found at the Peace in Medicine dispensary on Sebastopol Avenue.
March 20, 8 a.m.: Someone reported an injured raccoon on Winding Wood Way, but it was gone when officers arrived.
8:26 a.m.: Someone on Healdsburg Avenue reported a doe trapped in the backyard. Officers freed her.
9:37 a.m.: Someone reported a dog at large on Beattie Lane.
10:34 a.m.: Someone found an adult female dog on Bodega Avenue, brown lab mix with speckled paws and a gray muzzle, but said they would keep her until the owner called rather than turning her over to the Humane Society.
5:20 p.m.: The injured raccoon turned up again on Winding Wood Way. Officers took the report but not the raccoon.
— Andrea Granahan