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Under State and Federal Freedom of Information Laws, law enforcement agencies are required to keep a record of daily activities that can be inspected by the public. Local newspapers typically review these records, referred to as Police Blotters.
In 2016, the Santa Clara Police Department (SCPD) responded to 50,211 calls for service, took 12,503 police reports and made 4,785 arrests. SCPD’s Police Blotter highlights a partial list of incidents in Santa Clara and is distributed to the press on a weekly basis. The Blotter provides the date, time, approximate location, a narrative summary of the incident, case number and the most serious arrest charge.
What types of incidents are generally included in the Police Blotter?
• Routine and unusual calls for service;
• Incidents that may raise awareness and/or educate the public;
• Similar calls for service taking place with frequency, targeting a specific population and/or occurring in a particular area; and,
• When SCPD is seeking the public’s assistance to solve a crime.
Why aren’t certain calls for service included in the Police Blotter?
The U.S. Department of Justice cites several reasons why some information may be excluded from a Police Blotter, including:
• Deprives a person to their right of a fair trial;
• Hampers an ongoing investigation;
• Hinders prosecution;
• Places an officer or witness in danger; and,
• Constitutes an invasion of privacy.
In general, it is SCPD’s practice not to include sensitive items such as juvenile arrests, incidents of domestic violence, suicide, calls connected with a restraining order or custody of a juvenile and/or dead bodies.
The Arrest Log provides a timely, chronological summary of all of the arrests made by the Santa Clara Police Department. It includes the name of the suspect(s), date of birth, city in which they reside, arrest date, time, location, case number as well as all of the charge(s) associated with the arrest. This information, located on the Santa Clara Police Department’s home page (www.scpd.org) is updated daily and serves as the most comprehensive list of arrests made.
SCPD also offers online crime alerting and mapping services that provide easy to read incident crime maps and automated alerts. Neighborhood crime data is available in near real-time. Crime information can be found at Crime Reports or LexisNexis.
SCPD Police Blotter for the week of March 12, 2017
Sunday, March 12, 2017
Warrant Arrest - Location: Highway 101 and De La Cruz Boulevard
An officer initiated a traffic enforcement stop on the southbound Highway 101 on-ramp from eastbound De La Cruz Boulevard after observing a vehicle with expired registration. A Records check revealed the male suspect was driving on a suspended driver's license and without a court ordered ignition interlock device. He also had an active warrant for his arrest. He was cited for the on-view charges and arrested for the warrant before being transported to the Santa Clara County Jail.
Case Number: 17-2275
Monday, March 13, 2017
Driving Under the Influence - Location: Pruneridge Avenue at Saratoga Avenue
Two officers were standing outside their partrol vehicles at the corner of San Tomas Expressway and Saratoga Avenue when they heard a blood curtailing scream from inside a vehicle traveling eastbound on Saratoga Avenue from San Tomas Expressway. The officers immediately initiated a traffic enforcement stop near Pruneridge Avenue at Saratoga Avenue. The officers contacted the female driver and explained the reason for the stop. The subject displayed objective symptoms of alcohol intoxication and did not satisfactorily perform the standardized field sobriety tests. The female, who was on probation, was arrested for driving under the influence. It was later learned the screams were the driver singing along to the radio.
Case Number: 17-2320
Fraud - Location: Henry Schmidt Park - 555 Los Padres Boulevard
An officer responded to 555 Los Padres Boulevard (Henry Schmidt Park) on the report of a suspicious circumstance. A male responded to a Craigslist advertisement for a 2009 Acura with 45,000 miles for sale for $14,000. When he asked the seller for his identification, the seller showed him an iPhone photograph of a driver’s license. The suspicious buyer called Public Safety Dispatchers. It was learned, the car was actually a 2007 Acura with over 150,000 miles.
SCPD has investigated nine (9) cases with similar circumstances. It appears, the suspect is purchasing old cars with high mileage, having them detailed, altering the pink slip, rolling back the mileage and selling them for a profit. The suspect was arrested and transported to the Santa Clara County Jail.
Case Number: 2315
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Identification Theft - Location: 2900 Block of Barkley Avenue
A victim on the 2900 block of Barkley Avenue was contacted by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on 03/10/2017 regarding a fraudulent federal tax return filed in the victim’s name.
Case Number: 17-2332
NOTE: Incidents of tax fraud are on the rise this time of year. Refer to the IRS tips for filing taxes online; visit www.IRS.gov/Filing and the IRS Taxpayer Guide to Identity Theft at www.irs.gov/uac/taxpayer-guide-to-identity-theft to learn more.
If you have been a victim of tax fraud, contact the Santa Clara Police Department at (408)615-4700 or file a report online.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Search Warrant - Location: 800 Block of West San Carlos Street, San Jose
SCPD’s Special Enforcement Team (SET) and Nuisance Suppression Unit (NSU) conducted a search warrant at the residence of a male suspect on searchable probation with outstanding warrants. Despite a San Jose address, the suspect had criminal ties to the City of Santa Clara.
In total, 13 persons were at the residence and arrested for outstanding warrants, possession of a controlled substance, drug paraphernalia, counterfeit money and stolen identifications from Santa Clara residents. All of the arrestees were transported to the Santa Clara County Jail.
Case Number: 17-2358
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Residential Burglary - Location: 4400 Block of Billings Circle
Between 0200 hours and 0600 hours, an unknown suspect(s) entered a residence on the 4400 block of Billings Circle and ransacked the kitchen and the laundry room. The suspect(s) stole cash, the victim’s wallet and three sets of keys to the families’ vehicles. The suspect(s) fled the scene in one of the victim’s vehicles. The family was home and sleeping during this incident. This case remains under investigation.
Case Number: 17-2391
Friday, March 17, 2017
Serving While Intoxicated - Location: 1500 Block of Lafayette Street
Four undercover officers were working a California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control grant funded operation at various locations throughout the City. The officers observed the following:
A female bartender at an establishment on the 1500 block of Lafayette Street drank alcohol while working at the bar until the point where she was too intoxicated to care for her own safety. A Records check on a male subject assisting the bartender revealed he had three confirmed misdemeanor warrants for his arrest. Both individuals were arrested and transported to the Santa Clara County Jail.
Case Number: 17-2423 and 17-2425
Assist Outside Agency - Location: Stevens Creek Boulevard and Lawrence Expressway
At approximately 1349 hours, Public Safety Dispatchers were contacted by the San Jose Police Department requesting assistance following a shooting that had just occurred in the area of Stevens Creek Boulevard and Lawrence Expressway. SCPD officers assisted in obtaining witness statements, securing evidence at the scene and with traffic control.
Case Number: 17-2438 (SJPD Case #17-076-0472)
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Residential Burglary - Location: 3300 Block of Londonderry Place
Between 0140 hours and 0210 hours, an unknown suspect(s) entered the victim’s residence on the 3300 block of Londonderry Place. The suspect(s) accessed the victim’s unlocked vehicle to gain entry to the garage using the garage door opener while the victim’s slept. The suspect(s) entered the home through an unlocked door from the garage into the home. The suspect(s) stole a backpack and two bicycles before fleeing the scene.
Case Number: 17-2461
NOTE: There are several simple steps you can take to prevent this type of residential break-in, including:
• Store your vehicle(s) in your locked garage;
• Do not leave the garage door remote in your vehicle;
• Invest in a keychain garage door remote, as opposed to the visor clip on type;
• Lock the door between your garage and your house;
• Frost or cover your garage windows so thieves cannot see when your vehicle is gone, or what is being stored in your garage;
• Secure your garage door emergency release and/or padlock the throw latch when you are out of town;
• Don’t leave your garage door open; and,
• If you have a house alarm, activate it both when you are home or away.
Prepared by Carolyn McDowell, Management Analyst.
If you have questions regarding the Police Blotter contact Lieutenant Dan Moreno, 408-615-4865.