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From Booze to Rogaine, Local Drug Stores Hit by Shoplifters

In this roundup of police activities from the past three weeks, theft and burglary continues at a high clip, along with some videotaped fights at the middle school.

From Booze to Rogaine, Local Drug Stores Hit by Shoplifters

September 27

10:14 a.m. – A representative from called police to report receiving several calls from parents regarding an incident that took place last Friday at the involving a large group of middle school students video taping fights between students. The caller knew which students were involved and had copies of the videotaped fights for police.

September 28

12:10 p.m. – A resident of Shelter Bay Avenue reported that she gave her son some jewelry to get appraised and believed he pawned the jewelry at a pawn shop in Pleasant Hill. The woman said she had not had contact with her son since August. 

9:25 p.m. – A resident of Azalea Drive said he found a black satchel containing pliers, knife and gloves found outside his son’s window today. An officer responded and determined that the pouch contained burglary tools and took them into custody for evidence. There were no pry marks on the house of any other evidence that a burglary took place.

September 29

5:51 p.m. – A laptop computer and cord were reported stolen from a home on Throckmorton Avenue when the resident left for about a half-hour to run an errand and left the front door unlocked.

September 30

1:33 p.m. – A resident called police from near Camino Alto and Overhill Road to report a vehicle driving recklessly, almost hitting a bicyclist and swerving. The caller said the female driver was possibly drunk. Police checked the area but could not locate the suspect vehicle. Police did, however, see a number of wild turkeys in the area that could have distracted the driver.

3:22 p.m. – A Summit Ave. was reportedly burglarized after its owner left the front door unlocked for about 6 hour, only to return to find missing jewelry and a safe deposit box and several drawers that were rummaged through.

October 1

1:37 p.m. – A resident called police to report that an older man sitting alone at wearing tennis shoes with orange laces was staring at the kids. The caller left the area because he was feeling uncomfortable. A police officer responded and contacted the suspect, an elderly man sitting on a bench watching his grandkids play soccer on a nearby field.

8:56 p.m. – A resident of Elinor Avenue called police from out of town, saying that her 16-year-old daughter was supposed to be staying at a friend’s house but that she’d received a call from a neighbor saying a large party was going on at her house. Officers responded and found a bunch of kids running around, hiding under cars. Police cited the daughter and released her to a family friend at the mother’s request. The family friends checked the home with the daughter and it appeared that no property was damaged or stolen.

October 3

12:58 p.m. – A number of items were reportedly stolen from the the previous night around 7:45 p.m., including Rogaine shampoo products, Crest white strips, Prilose and 2 Sonic Care toothbrushes. Store employee burned a DVD from the surveillance video for police.

October 5

12:02 a.m. – An officer on routine patrol contacted a man sitting in his car outside the . The man told the officer he was using the library’s Wi-Fi, and the officer sent the man on his way.

October 6

10:36 a.m. – A resident reported that she went to pay for her coffee at and determined that her wallet had been stolen while standing in line. An officer responded and contacted the woman, who said she’d found her wallet in her car.

4:20 p.m. – A resident of Ashford Avenue reported that a man got out of a car, ran up to his front porch and stole a $40 bathtub faucet that he had planned to return. Police were unable to locate the suspect.

October 7

2:14 p.m. – A male teen reportedly tried to steal five malt liquor cans and bottles of vodka and Captain Morgan from the by putting them in his backpack. An employee stopped the teen when he left the store and police cited him for petty theft.

October 9

3:28 a.m. – An elderly man who had been reported missing out of Livermore apparently drove his vehicle 30-40 feet down an embankment on Lovell Avenue. Police contacted Livermore police, who notified the man’s daughter that he had been located. The man was transported to Marin General Hospital.

October 10

5:19 p.m. – A resident of Longfellow Road called police to report that his neighbor was using power tools outside of the allowable hours and that it was an ongoing issue with the neighbor. An officer responded and found the neighbor power-washing abalone shells. The officer advised the man of the city’s municipal code and the man halted his abalone power washing. 

October 11

Noon – A bearded man was reportedly standing at Evergreen and Miller avenues, holding a beer and talking to himself. The man allegedly started yelling at a resident who called police to report the man, telling the caller that he was going to kill him. Police contacted the man and determined that he was on probation. He was arrested on suspicion of public drunkenness and booked into Marin County Jail.

October 12

10:58 a.m. – A resident of Ashford Avenue returned home after a month in the hospital, only to find that all of her window screens had been tampered with as someone had tried to break into the home. An officer determined there was no apparent entry into the house. 

October 13

12:14 p.m. – An employee of First Marin Realty reported an ongoing problem with a woman in her 60s who wanders into the officer. The woman doesn’t speak but breathes heavily, stomping her feet when she is asked to leave. Police responded but the woman was gone.

3:56 p.m. – An unoccupied car reportedly rolled into a tree at Lovell Avenue and Old Mill Street, partially blocking traffic. An officer responded and tried to locate the registered owner of the car, but the number rang at a Rolls-Royce dealership. Police were unable to locate the vehicle’s owner and had it towed.

October 14

4:12 a.m. – Police arrested a 55-year-old resident of Marguerite Avenue on a $2.5 million warrant from the San Francisco Police department. The man was booked on suspicion of grand theft.

4:05 p.m. – An employee of the CVS Store reported that a female teen tried to steal a bottle of vodka. The employee said they got the bottle back from the girl but wanted police to contact her. Police were unable to locate the suspect.

October 15

8:33 a.m. – A resident of Shelley Drive said someone left a bag of recycling on the ground near the bins, and that when she went to toss it into the bin, it sounded funny to her. She opened it and discovered the bag was full of bullets. Police took the ammunition into custody for destruction at the Public Safety Building. 

October 17

10:50 a.m. – A delivery person told police that he asked a construction worker to quiet down his work at Camino Alto and that the worker threatened him. The man told an officer that he understood that the worker was legally allowed to do what he was doing but that he was upset about his attitude. 

6:33 p.m. – A resident reported that her bicycle, valued at nearly $1,000, was stolen from a locked bicycle rack on the 600 block of E. Blithedale Avenue. 

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