Ice Cream and Bacon, Lost and Found Pickups, Rude Drivers and Senior Moments

Healdsburg Police reports show shopliftings, vandalism, car theft, other crimes in the line of work

Following is a more-or-less at random selection of crimes and incidents reported to the Healdsburg Police Department, selected arbitrarily from a much longer list, for the period from January 23 to February 2, 2013.

On  January 23, at 4:26 p.m., a man was taken into custody  at Garrett's Hardware for shoplifting ice cream and bacon from Big john's Market across the street. The man, who was not identified in police reports, was cited, taken to Windsor and released. Management at Big John's told the individual he was no longer welcome there.

At 7:20 p.m. on Jan. 23, threats were reported by a woman who said she and her boyfriend had had an argument 30 minutes earlier and he had loading four bullets into a magazine, threatening to kill his father and his wife, and then return to kill the woman. He was not identified in police reports, and no gun was located, and a protection order (EPO) was granted.

On January 24, in the 800 Block of March Ave., a man reported he had parked his truck in front of the residence where he was housesitting. When he came out this morning it was gone. The report was taken at 11:45 a.m.

On January 25, in the 800 block of March Ave., a reporting party called to say a pickup truck had been in front of his house since the day before with the windows down. The truck's identification was run and it was found to be stolen. The Cloverdale police department was notified. The vehicle was secured and locked; the victim will return to retrieve it.

Saturday, January 26, a caller reported her husband had been hit while riding a bicyle in the Carl's Jr. parking lot, but he did not need medical attention. Officer Eland responded, a report was taken, and the other party was contacted at Starbuck's.

That same day, Jan. 26, two incidents at the Bear Republic Brewing Co. were recorded shortly after 4:00 pm. In one case, customers were complaining about transients behind the Bear, and one said he had seen a suspect with a rifle get out of a vehicle in the parking lot. Officers responded and arrested one of the transients, who was booked and transported to County Jail.

At about 4:36 that afternoon, officers contacted  two men in a black BMW parked in a parking lot with a rifle; it was unclear if they were connected with the unruly transient group nearby. Officer Eland contacted the subject in the car and confiscated the weapon.

At 12:04 pm on Sunday, Jan. 27, a person came into the Healdsburg Police Department to say that a neighbor of hers on Canyon Run had assaulted her. After talking to the reporting party, Officer Eland responded to the Canyon Run Apartments and spoke with the neighbor. Informational reports were taken but no charges filed.

At 8:18 pm that evening, a report was received that a man had brandished a knife at a customer in Safeway. The man was described as a white or Hispanic male, approximately 5'10", with a baseball cap, black t-shirt and pants, gray hoodie with white lining, possible facial hair and a tattoo on his left forearm. When officers responded it was learned that the suspect may have run toward North ST., but ehy were unable to locate him. The customer that saw the knife also left the area.

Two possible drunk drivers were reported on Sunday, Jan 27 in the evening, one in the area of Fitch Mountain Rd. where it turns into Matheson at about 8:45 p.m., driving a blue Buick which a registration check was a Chevy. Officers could not locate but would be on the lookout.

At 11:28, a possible drunk driver who was reported "all over the freeway" was last seen turning onto Bailhache Ave. from Healdsburg Ave/Old Redwood Hwy. Officers were unable to locate either vehicle or driver.

On Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 1:34 p.m., someone reported that "an elderly gentleman driving a Lincoln Towncar had just hit her parked car in the Big John's parking lot." The woman reported that the elderly male seemed confused. Officer Whitemore responded and the drivers exchanged information. Whitemore said he would be doing a re-evaluation of the elderly man, whose son was notified and picked up the gentleman.

At 7:44 p.m. on Jan. 29, a reckless driver was said to be "weaving and speeding" on Hwy. 101 by the reporting party, who was followed into town by the reckless driver. The driver "made rude gestures" at the intersection of Mill St. and Healdsburg Ave, then left westbound on Mill. Healdsburg units were advised to BOL (be on the lookout).

At noon on Friday, Feb. 1, the owner of the Wine Shop on Healdsburg Ave. came to work and found his sign had been vandalized.

Saturday, Feb. 2, at 4:32 p.m., a disturbance was reported at Tip Top Liquors. A young female subject wanted to buy alcohol but the owner does not think she was 21, "and now she is causing a scene at the counter." Disposition: Gone on Arrival/Unable to Locate.

At 8:32 that evening, a man in a white Audi was reported drinking beer from a can as he left Rotten Robbie's. The reporting party said he could identify the man. Disposition: Gone on Arrival/Unable to Locate.

Sunday, February 3, 11:23 pm: A burglary occurred at Safeway on Vine St. when a suspect "just walked out" after putting beer in a backpack. Sgt. Rodrigues followed the subject into the parking lot near the old Enterprise Car Rental offices, where Officers Shooter Close and the reporting party converged. David Michael Riley, 42, was arrested for theft and transported to County Jail, where he was booked for burglary and violation of probation.


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