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From Fireworks to Baseball Bats, Mailboxes Take a Beating

This week's roundup of police activities also includes a dose of barking dogs, thefts and holiday-related debauchery.

From Fireworks to Baseball Bats, Mailboxes Take a Beating

June 26

4:01 p.m. – The has been the victim of a series of thefts of its signs, according to reports. Farmers Market officials told police that at least three signs have been stolen from the area around the market’s location near CVS on East Blithedale Avenue, and that each sign was valued at $280 and were paid for by the city of Mill Valley. Police are investigating the alleged missing signs as grant theft.

5:25 p.m. – A resident of Manor Terrace reported that a neighbor’s dog was barking for 45 minutes and its owners are not home, leaving the dog out on the deck. The residents said he’s asked the neighbors not to leave the dog on the deck when they leave home but they haven’t listened.

6:46 p.m. – A man driving by on Lomita Drive reported that a group of at least a half-dozen boys were throwing chairs at the windows of the school, which is – as well as a - before its . Police went to the scene and found two kids playing ball who said they thought they’d help the construction crew out with the demolition efforts. It was unclear if the kids did any damage to the school that hadn’t already been done.

June 27

4:37 a.m. – An officer on patrol noticed that someone had tagged a classroom at with some obscene graffiti in gold paint.

3:45 p.m. – A man was walking down the 100 block of Sycamore Ave. when a large black dog came running out of a yard and tried to bite him. The man told police that it was the second time that specific dog tried to bite him as he walked by the home. Went police went to the home, they found a large dark-colored dog secured in the backyard.

4:41 p.m. – A resident of Del Casa Drive reported that someone used his credit card info to make duplicate cards, which were then used to buy a Apple Macbook valued at $1,621.

June 28

10:54 a.m. – A resident of Manor Drive reported that she noticed her mailbox was partially open. When she looked inside, she saw that a firework had been lit and had gone off inside the mailbox, which was damaged. At the time the woman discovered the incident, she told police that she heard some kids laughing nearby.

June 29

9:39 p.m. – A resident reported seeing teens lighting off multiple bottle rockets in the parking lot at . Police went to the school but didn’t see any teens.

10:13 p.m. – A dog was barking for 40 minutes straight at a home on Miller Avenue and Millwood Street, according to a resident. Police received a second call about the dog 30 minutes later saying that the barking had continued. Police contacted the dog owner, who agreed to bring the dog inside for the night. 

June 30

10:25 a.m. – A resident of Walnut Avenue reported that someone stole a patio umbrella from his home’s side yard. The umbrella was valued at $125. The theft occurred sometime after 11:30 p.m. the night before, according to the resident.

5:15 p.m. – After a driver of a silver Mercedes cut him off and then slammed his brakes several times, a man called police to report the reckless driver, who had parked and gone into the Whole Foods Market on East Blithedale.

July 1

4:53 p.m. – An employee of the on Throckmorton Avenue reported that a woman stole a shirt from the store and ran off. The employee’s husband followed the alleged shoplifter and the employee eventually made the woman pay for the shirt. No additional police action was requested.

5:26 p.m. – A resident of Vista Linda rive reported that her mailbox was smashed in, likely with a baseball bat, as were other mailboxes on the street. The resident said that mailbox-smashing has been an ongoing issue in the neighborhood.

9:28 p.m. – An employee of Tam High reported that someone driving by the school saw several teens lighting off fireworks on the football field. Police went to the scene but were unable to locate anyone setting off fireworks.

11:09 p.m. – Someone set off a cherry bomb in the lower courtyard of , according to a report.

July 2

8:15 a.m. – A driver struck a water pipeline of some sort at Alta Vista and Mesa avenues, sending water shooting 20 feet into the air, a resident reported. Police were given suspect vehicle info but were unable to locate the perpetrator of the alleged hit and run.

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