The Police Blotter highlights a partial list of incidents in the city and is distributed 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.
Meanwhile, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 place 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.
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.
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.
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.