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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 July 30, 2017

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Warrant Arrest                                              Location: 400 Block of Saratoga Avenue

Public Safety Dispatchers received a call regarding a suspicious male subject with a knife at Westwood Elementary School. Officers located a suspect matching the description provided by the reporting party. The subject was detained and identified. A search of his person yielded an 8” knife in his pocket.

A Records check revealed he had a $16,000 warrant for his arrest. He was arrested and transported to the Santa Clara County Jail.
Time: 0959
Case Number: 17-3305

Embezzlement                                             Location: 2000 Block of Martin Avenue

An officer responded to a business on the 2000 block of Martin Avenue to investigate a report of embezzlement. On June 22, 2017, the business received a phone call from one of its suppliers regarding an attempt to deposit a $4,846 business to business check into a personal account. The personal account was identified to be that of a female employee and neither company had authorized its’ employees to cash or deposit any checks made out to the businesses.

A company representative confronted the employee about the incident. The employee admitted to attempting to deposit the check into her personal account and stated it was an isolated incident. The employee was terminated.

Later that day, the former employee telephoned the company representative and admitted it was not an isolated incident and that she had been embezzling money for approximately six months. The company representative attempted to reconcile the stolen funds with the former employee, however she failed to return any of the money.

The company initiated an audit back to the employee’s hire date. The initial findings revealed the suspect stole at least $32,301.87 from the business by creating false invoices and depositing checks into her personal bank account. A review of the cancelled checks identified all but one of the checks had been forged.

The audit should be finalized in approximately one month. In the meantime, the company’s ownership requested prosecution of the former employee for embezzlement.
Time: 1528
Case Number: 17-5570

Monday, July 31, 2017

Car Clout                                           Location: 5000 Block of Stevens Creek Boulevard

The victim left a vehicle parked in a parking lot on the 5000 block of Stevens Creek Boulevard at approximately 1930 hours. When the victim returned at approximately 2024 hours, the vehicle had been burglarized. The window had been smashed and a work-issued laptop was stolen. The suspect(s) remain at large.
Time: 1930
Case Number: 17-6511

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Arson                                                 Location: 600 Block of Harvard Avenue

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of Harvard Avenue on the report of arson. Upon arrival, the officer noticed a pile of ashes below a burnt wooden flag pole. According to the victim, an American flag was mounted on the wood pole and attached to the residence. There are no suspect(s) at this time.
Time: 1645
Case Number: 17-6545

Vandalism                                         Location: 200 Block of Howard Drive

A witness contacted Public Safety Dispatchers to report three adult male suspects defacing a trash can with spray paint in Jenny Strand Park, located at 250 Howard Drive.

Upon arrival, an officer contacted a group in the park picnic area. Three adjacent garbage cans were covered in wet paint. Initially, the group denied involvement. However, after the officer explained that a witness observed the alleged crime and perpetrators, the officer received a full confession. All three individuals received misdemeanor citations.
Time: 2316
Case Number: 17-6558

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Commercial Burglary                      Location: 400 Block of Aldo Avenue

Two unknown suspects made entry into a business on the 400 block of Aldo Avenue after breaking the front glass window with a rock. The suspects stole two Apple iMac computers and a computer display. The suspects fled the scene prior to police arrival, however officers were able to secure video surveillance of the burglary. This case has been forwarded to the Detective Bureau.
Time: 0356
Case Number: 17-6561

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Petty Theft                                         Location: 3900 Block of Rivermark Plaza

An officer was dispatched to Safeway on the 3900 block of Rivermark Plaza on the report of a shoplifter in custody.

A Safeway Loss Prevention Agent was working in the store and observed a female subject select several items and secret them inside a bag. The Agent witnessed the subject walk past several open and staffed cash registers before exiting the store without paying. The Agent stopped the suspect and escorted her back inside. A total of twelve items were located on her person, valued at $75.16. The Agent contacted SCPD to prosecute for shoplifting. The suspect was issued a misdemeanor citation.
Time: 1252
Case Number: 17-6597

Friday, August 4, 2017

Driving Under the Influence          Location: Lafayette Street and Reed Street

The Fire Department was dispatched to Lafayette Street and Reed Street to investigate a report of a major injury accident. Upon arrival, the Fire Department requested police assistance due to a fight at the scene.

Upon officer arrival, one vehicle fled the scene with two male occupants. The officer activated the patrol vehicle’s emergency siren and lights and pursued the vehicle on suspicion of felony hit and run. The vehicle obeyed the rules of the road for the duration of the one mile pursuit and stopped at Coleman Avenue at Brokaw Road when the suspect vehicle became stuck in traffic.

The officers on scene observed objective symptoms of alcohol intoxication upon contact with both the driver and passenger. The Fire Department was summoned to the scene to tend to the passenger’s injuries from the initial hit and run. He was transported to a local hospital. At the hospital, the officer administered a preliminary alcohol screening (PAS) test. Based on the officer’s observations, responses to questions, the PAS test and objective symptoms of alcohol intoxication, he was placed under arrest and transported to the Santa Clara County Jail after being medically cleared.

Due to the subject being involved in a pursuit with SCPD officers and becoming increasingly uncooperative, he was placed in handcuffs and did not perform the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests at the scene. He was arrested and transported to the Santa Clara County Jail.
Time: 1916
Case Number: 17-6644

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Grand Theft                                       Location:  Market Street at The Alameda

At about 0556 hours, a male suspect used wire cutters to defeat a lock on a bicycle on the Santa Clara University campus. The bicycle is valued at $2,579.00. The suspect fled on the stolen bicycle and was apprehended at Newhall Street near Park Avenue. The suspect was arrested and transported to the Santa Clara County Jail for grand theft, vandalism and possession of burglary tools.
Time: 0602
Case Number: 17-6661

NOTE:            Officers working a two-person patrol vehicle were driving southbound on Flora Vista Avenue and crossing El Camino Real on a green light when they were struck by a vehicle. The head on collision caused the airbags in both vehicles to deploy. The officers suffered minor injuries and were taken to the hospital for a medical evaluation.

Prepared by Carolyn McDowell, Management Analyst.

If you have questions regarding the Police Blotter contact Lieutenant Dan Moreno, 408-615-4865.

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