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Chief’s Community Update

May 23, 2018

This weekly update will include information about the recent efforts of the police department and provide you with information regarding recent incidents, crime trends, and community resource information.  Please take a moment to search our website and take advantage of the features.

Recent Events:

Theft from Auto Alert!

Recently, opportunists have been entering cars most often through unlocked doors and windows that were left rolled down and removing valuables.  Although we have enjoyed a very low rate of theft of property from cars, please do not leave valuables in your cars.  The types of items that have been stolen recently are wallets, purses, cellular telephones and other electronic devices.  A majority of these thefts are occurring overnight and there is no geographic pattern to the crime.  The crimes are happening sporadically across the city and the thieves are taking advantage of people leaving valuables in unlocked cars.  Please help us protect you by securing you property safely.

Crime and Arrests:    

May 16, 2018                                      12:22 AM                               Mouton Circle

Responding to the report of an occupied suspicious vehicle on Mouton Circle, Officers located a black utility vehicle occupied by three people smoking marijuana and drinking alcoholic beverages inside the vehicle.  The driver identified himself as Anthony Lowe initially, but was later identified as Anthony Michael Robinson.  Robinson had outstanding warrants from East Palo Alto and Burlingame.  A passenger in the vehicle named Noel Lynn Folkes told Officers that there was a firearm in the glove compartment of the vehicle.  Police retrieved the pistol which was loaded with a cartridge in the chamber.  Folkes also claimed possession of the illegal narcotics located in the center console of the vehicle and possession of three counterfeit currency notes.  Folkes was arrested and booked into the County Jail for possession of the loaded firearm, possession of ecstasy pills, and possession of counterfeit currency.  Robinson was arrested and booked into the County Jail for his two warrants.

May 16, 2018                                      10:38 PM                   1000 block of Weeks Street

An Officer on patrol saw the suspect, Kenneth Sanchez riding his bicycle and he knew the suspect had an outstanding warrant for his arrest.  When the Officer tried to stop him, the suspect fled on his bicycle and then abandoned it and began fleeing on foot.  Sanchez then hid behind a bush but when the Officers approached to arrest him, he stood up, challenged to fight them and took a fighting stance.  While still giving Sanchez orders to comply, Sanchez charged at the Officers and starting fighting them.  During the fight, Sanchez punched two of the Officers before they were able to handcuff him. After he was restrained, he repeatedly threatened the Officers.  Sanchez was booked in to the County Jail for battery on police officers, threatening a police officer, and for his warrant.

May 18, 2018                                      8:28 PM                         100 block of Tara Road

During a traffic stop the suspect, Teresa Toland, was stopped and identified.  During the stop, Toland admitted to being in possession of a pipe used to ingest narcotics.  When the Officer recovered the pipe, he confirmed Toland was in possession of a glass pipe commonly used to ingest methamphetamines.  The pipe appeared to be used due to the white residue left from the methamphetamines and the burn marks.  Toland was cited and released for possession of narcotics paraphernalia.

May 18, 2018                                      11:37 PM                              Home Depot

The suspect, Keith Rambin, stole three plants from the front of Home Depot after closing hours.  A responding Officer arrived and saw Rambin riding his bicycle away from the Home Depot with two plants in his hand and one in the basket on his bicycle.  Rambin was issued a citation for petty theft and released at the scene.

The June Beat Meeting Schedule is as follows:

 Beat Two

Date: Thursday, June 7, 2018

Time: 06:30 pm ? 08:00 pm

Location: Ecumenical Hunger Program

(2411 Pulgas Avenue, EPA, CA 94303)

Beat Three

Date: Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Time: 06:30 pm ? 08:00 pm

Location: Peninsula Park Apartments

(1977 Tate Street, EPA, CA 94303)

Beat One & Four

Date: Thursday June 21, 2018

Time: 06:30 pm ? 08:00 pm

Location: Community Room at City Hall

(2415 University Avenue, EPA, CA 94303)

How to make an anonymous tip to the police:

When providing information to the police, we need specific information about the crime or criminal.  As an example, if you are reporting someone for dealing drugs, we need to know where and when they are selling the drugs, a detailed description of them (white female, blue jeans, red jacket, base ball cap), any description of a vehicle, and any other information you have about the crime.  While I don’t expect you to jeopardize your safety to get this information it is very important for us if we make an arrest.  Not only will your tip provide us with accurate information about the suspect, we are able to serve as a witness to the crime and we can testify in court.  Please use these options for providing an anonymous tip.

You can make an anonymous tip to the police by calling or texting to (650) 409-6792.

Wanted Persons: 

We have several photographs of wanted suspects on the website for the community to view.  To see the photographs, please select the “Wanted Persons” tab, click on the RED “Wanted Persons” icon to view the information.  If you see any of the “Wanted” individuals, DO NOT attempt to contact them.  Please call 9-1-1 and report the information and the police department will investigate the information you provide.

Crime Trends:

Theft from cars and homes: Cases of suspects entering cars and residence through unlocked windows or doors when the owners are absent are increasing.  The suspects often search through the car or residence and take small items of value (cash, jewelry, electronic devices) that are easy to sell.  Please lock your car and residence when you leave.  If you want to leave a window ajar for ventilation, it is recommended that you use a locking device to prevent access.  If you notice anyone suspicious loitering in the area please call us at (650) 321-1112 or 9-1-1 in case of emergency.