Monday, April 25, 2011

Burglaries at DPM Elementary, Attempted Vehicle Burglary, Strange Solicitor

From Chuck:

I had heard by word of mouth about break-ins at DPM Elementary School but hadn't gotten details until now:

DPM has been broken into several times over the past two weeks. On the weekend of 4/1 a white truck (same description below) was seen casing the neighborhood prior to the school’s silent alarm being set off. We have had over $10K worth of technology stolen (5 imacs, 8 flip cameras, and 2 projectors). The computers were bolted to a workstation and had a bicycle cable attaching all of the computers. There is some speculation that students attending El Camino may have been involved.

Last weekend, 4/8, an annex window was broken at 7:20 AM which allowed the suspect entrance into the main office. DPM was an open campus on the weekend which meant the alarm was disabled from 6 am-6 pm. The suspect an African American male of small build, roamed the main office and hallway for almost 3 hours (until 10:00 am). We are extremely fortunate that no community members, faculty members and/or students encountered the subject. He returned Sunday, 4/10, at 11:15 PM. Responding officers/K9 unit missed apprehending the suspect by minutes. As a result, DPM is now a closed campus on the weekend. (THOSE THAT LIVE AROUND DPM, AND THOSE THAT WALK THEIR DOGS, PLEASE NOTE THIS. Mr BOB, who drives a short bed dodge pick-up, may be at the school on weekends, to allow faculty/maintenance, access to the school, any other activity noticed within the school buildings, call 911.) Security footage has been given to the detective investigating the burglary. It was disturbing to watch as many community members were walking their dogs around campus and the front of school while the suspect was in the main office and hallway.

Thank you so much for your continued support.

Shana & The DPM Faculty

The below link is with regard to an arrest at DPM on 04/19.

On or about 04/17, an attempted vehicle “window smash” occurred in the 3800 block of Duran Circle. The window was laminated, so did not shatter. The apparent tool used was a spring loaded center punch.

On Saturday evening (04/23), a white male with short sandy brown hair, red flannel shirt, black “skinny jeans," was soliciting the sales of magazines on the 2800 block of Avalon. When asked who it was for, the individual refused to say and started taunting the residents. When the residents started to exit the house, the individual, warned them, "It wouldn’t be a good idea," as he exited the area.

If you have someone soliciting “anything” door to door, request an ID to be shown through the peephole or security door. Do not open your door to anyone you don't know. If they cannot provide ID, advise them that you are going to call the sheriff.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Coordinated Burglary

Between 11:45 am and 12:10 pm on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 a home was burglarized in the 2100 block of Eastern Avenue, on the west side frontage road. between Ione and Burrell.

At least four people and three vehicles were involved. A midnight blue Chrysler 300 with no front plate with two people initially scoped out the house. The person scoping out the area was wearing dark pants and a light colored shirt. A few minutes later, a white Nissan pickup and a dark minivan arrived. The Chrysler kept moving around the area and did not stop at the house during the burglary. The pickup and van pulled into the driveway of the victim's house.

Entry was gained by kicking in the front door. The Chrysler came from westbound Ione Street (twice) and the other two vehicles came from northbound Eastern Avenue.

Anyone with information about this crime should contact the Sheriff's Department regarding report #11-76882.

The below photographs are large. Click for the full version (this will access the Photobucket account where they are stored).



Sunday, April 10, 2011

For Burglary Victims

Two different people near our area have found some of their stolen items at the same place: Capital City Loan & Jewelry, a pawn shop on El Camino near Watt (across from Wal Mart). Both crimes took place last August. In both cases, the stolen items were sold by Patrick Heater.

Pawn shops keep a record of every item sold to them. If you had items stolen in the last six months, I encourage you to check to see if your stuff was sold to this business. If so, please report this to the Sheriff's Department.

3409 El Camino Ave
Sacramento, CA 95821
(916) 487-2274

Under California law, all pawn brokers must file reports containing information on daily transactions---whether buying items outright or loaning money and holding property as collateral to a pledger---to the local chief of police or sheriff on the next working day after the items were received. These reports must contain the name and address of the pledger, a copy of information from a valid form of identification. If the identification presented is not currently valid, then it must have been issued within the last five years.

From a second concerned neighbor:

I wanted to know what Patrick looks like just in case I see him in our neighborhood.
I Googled Patrick Heater at Rio Americano and was able to find his MySpace page which shows his picture. Click on photos and you will see various pics of Patrick.

Thanks, Brenda. For those who don't trust searching, I've grabbed three pictures of him. He very politely provided both direct and profile pictures for us.




Saturday, April 9, 2011


On Friday, April 8th at around 10 AM, the Patelco Credit Union at Kings Way and Watt was robbed. The robber was caught approximately 40 minutes later near Sam's Club. Around noon, many may have noticed several sheriff's cars near DPM school, 2800 blocks of Ione, Barbarell, and Verna. Three males were arrested at a house in the 2800 block of Verna that has been an issue for the nearby residents for many months.

[Note: If anyone has an idea what sort of issue the residence has been, please comment so we can watch for trouble behavior.]

On March 21 or 22, a catalytic converter was stolen from a Toyota 4 Runner on the 2800 block of Barbarell.

I don't have a date yet, but approximately 2-3 weeks ago a homeowner new to our neighborhood had their residence burglarized. Also, one of their vehicles stolen from their garage. The criminals entered their property from the apartments on Kings Way by hopping the fence. The vehicle was recovered.

One last note: some of you received an email from Chuck about a "weird email." He has received several emails with unusual content from people in his address book who don't normally contact him via e-mail. If you receive an email from someone in your address book which seems like they are trying to sell something, don't open it. Delete it and contact them to see if they actually sent it.