Sonoma Police: Rash of Vehicle Break-Ins, High School Students Fake a Rifle

Sonoma Police Log: Dec. 9 - 15

Selected calls form the Sonoma Police: 

Friday, Dec. 9

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia:  A deputy on patrol recognized a man, driving a silver ‘98 Mercedes C230 northbound on Fifth Street West, who he knew from prior encounters had a suspended license. The driver, Gregory Russell, a 42-year-old Sonoma man, pulled over owned up to the suspended license and told the officer he also had a small amount of prescribed marijuana in his car.  The officer spotted a glass pipe with a bulbous end, commonly used for smoking methamphetamine, sitting on the passenger seat; Russell said the pipe belonged to a friend, and must have fallen out of his pocket. He was cited for driving on a suspended license and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Petty Theft: The store manager at the reported that a 16-year-old boy had come into the store and stole two pieces of cheese, worth $10 in total. Theft by juveniles has become an increasing problem, said the manager, so he wanted to press charges against the youth. An officer spoke to the suspect, who denied that he’d stolen anything from the store. Surveillance cameras at the store were turned off at the time of the incident, so the manager requested that police ask the youth not to enter the store in the future.

Saturday, Dec. 10

DUI Crash: At 11 p.m. a deputy was driving down the 400 block of West Napa Street when he noticed a 2002 grey Chevy Yukon sprawled southbound over the sidewalk facing a fallen streetlight. The driver, Jarred Rhone, a 41-year-old Vallejo resident, told the officer he’d had two and a half gin and tonics at during his company holiday party. He’d fallen asleep at the wheel, not because he was drunk said Rhone, but because he was tired. Tests told a different story: a breath test taken at the station placed his blood alcohol ratio at .23 and .22. He was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and was booked into county jail.

Petty Theft: A resident of the 400 block of Haraszthy Drive reported that a personal check for $173 might have been stolen out of a mailbox on Oct. 28. On Dec. 10 charges totaling $1,876 went missing from the woman’s Bank of America Account, made out to ‘Morgan McAlister.’ The case is currently under fraud investigation.

Monday, Dec. 12

Probation Violation: At 11:25 a.m., a sergeant doing a sweep of the Verano Ave. spotted Paige Hellman-Turner, 28, who is on probation, hanging out under the bridge with her right hand in her sweatshirt pocket. The officer asked her to remove her hand, and she flung a white object into the bushes. In the area, the officer found a glass pipe, used for smoking methamphetamines, with white residue and black burn marks in it. She was cited and released for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Missing Bracelet: A resident of Ramon Street reported that two gold bracelets, worth $500 each, went missing from her bathroom counter between Sept 25 and Oct. 25.

Equipment Needed: A deputy walking through at 4:30 p.m. spotted Dustin Ammon, an 18-year-old Sonoma resident, skating in the skateboard park, without a helmet. The deputy had already warned Ammon to wear a helmet while skateboarding. He cited him for failure to wear proper equipment while in the Skate Park.

Tuesday, Dec. 13

Grant Theft from a Motor Vehicle: Sometime between Dec. 12 and the morning of Dec. 13, someone stole a set of tools, from a truck parked on the 400 block of Linden Drive. The tools, valued at over $1,500, include a Dewalt drill and sawzall, a socket set and miscellaneous hand tools.

Vandalism: Someone wrote the word ‘Norte,’ a gang term short for Norteño, on wall of a stall inside a men’s restroom at on Dec. 10, when the facility was leased for a wedding reception.

Wednesday, Dec. 14

Petty Theft of a Bike: A 14-year-old Student reported that his Revel Giant bicycle, worth $670, and helmet was stolen outside Safeway Market while he shopped inside on Dec. 13. On Dec. 14 a 16-year-old Sonoma Valley High School student came to school with the bike, and asked to store it in the office, since he’d forgotten his bicycle lock. A staff member noticed that the bicycle matched a lost bike flyer the 14-year-old student had made. The 16-year-old admitted to ‘finding’ the bicycle at Safeway and keeping it. He was cited to Youth and Family Services for misappropriation of lost property.

Mystery Accident: A woman appeared at the Sonoma Police Department at 6:45 p.m. and reported that the left , when it began raining glass on the interior of her red Toyota Corolla. The officer inspected her car, which appeared to have been in a collision: it had a broken passenger window, yellow paint and wood swiped on the right side of the car, and mud on the tires. She told officers she was taking medication, and couldn’t recall being in an accident. Her dinner companion at Breakaway Café told officers that the woman had asked her to look at her vehicle over dinner, saying that someone had vandalized it.

Thursday, Dec. 15

Petty Theft from a Motor Vehicle: Someone stole a Kindle CD receiver, valued at $300, by breaking the dashboard of a Honda Accord parked on the 500 block of Oregon Street.

Theft: Someone broke into a red Toyota Highlander parked on the 1300 block Lubeck Street before 8:30 a.m. taking a brown leather purse left on the front passenger seat. Inside the purse was $200 in cash, a drivers license and credit cards, a pair of diamond earrings, valued at $3,000, a white and yellow gold necklace with animal faces, valued at $800, and three pairs of $50 silver earrings. The vehicle may have been left open, and showed no signs of forced entry.

Petty Theft from a Motor Vehicle: Between 7 p.m. on Dec. 12 and 7 a.m. on Dec. 13, someone entered a Ford Escape, parked on the 200 block of Pickett Street, and stole a Bluetooth earpiece, valued at $200.

Grand Theft from a Motor Vehicle: Someone broke into the utility box of an unlocked work truck, parked on the 800 block of Studley Street, and took $2,250 worth of assorted hand tools, including an angle grinder, circular saw, a cordless drill, reciprocating saw, a wood planer, several clamps and sledge hammers.

Fake Firearm: Three juniors attached a camera to an extended tripod, creating a boom camera for their film class. The kids decided to goof off, and stood outside the school, pointing it at cars as if it were a rifle. The Police Department received several calls from motorist reporting kids with a gun at the high school. An officer went to investigate, but the kids had moved on to the Easy Stop Market, still joking that they were holding a rifle. (On their confiscated tape, one student said ‘I don’t think you should walk into the store like that.’) All three youths were cited for exhibition of an imitation firearm and conspiracy to commit a crime.

DUI: At 10:54 p.m. patrolling officer stopped a black Chevy Suburban after it made an illegal left turn onto West Napa from First Street West. The driver, Gregory Chabrier, a 57-year-old Pleasanton resident, smelled of alcohol and told the officer “I’m not going to lie – yes I’ve had some alcohol.” Chabrier failed his fsts and registered a .12 percent blood alcohol ratio on a breath test. . Contacted driver – smelled alcohol, ‘I’m not going to lie yes I’ve had some alcohol,’ he said. He was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and was transported to Sonoma County Jail.

Richard December 19, 2011 at 03:38 PM
It never fails to surprise me that our wonderful community has this much crime.
Suzanne Barbara December 20, 2011 at 05:29 AM
It seems sad to me that playing around with a boom camera becomes a crime nowadays. I realize that we live in troubled times, and have to be always alert to the possibility of a crime, but it still saddened me.


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