Friday, September 28, 2012

Car Burglary

Monday night/ Tuesday morning September 16 on Villavista Way
A vehicle burglary occurred, unknown if vehicle was unlocked, or slimjimmed, but windows were not smashed.  The vehicle was ransacked.
In nearby neighborhoods:
September 13, 2012
Nearby Crime Alert
This crime occurred on Von Bauer and Whitney, about 1 1/2 miles from our neighborhood-
There was a theft of 3 catalytic converters from 2 Toyotas on Thursday early AM ( best guess around 12:30AM). The vehicles were in a driveway with a motion sensor floodlight and alarms on the car. The alarm did not activate since the activity was under the car and not breaking into the vehicle. The damage to repair is estimated at over $5000. We need to make sure people are kept aware of the danger of vehicles not in a garage. They are now going to add a bracket over the converter and a motion alarm for the car.
September 13, 2012
Nearby Crime Alert

This Crime was located on the 4300 block of Engle Road-
On Tuesday, Sept 11th, at approximately a few minutes before 1:00 PM, I was watching TV when a pickup drove up and backed into my neighbor's drive way. It looked to me like someone was there for a repair job. The driver stayed in the truck; the passenger got out, rang the doorbell, when no one answered (neighbor was at work and her 11 year old daughter was at school), he nonchalantly walked around to the side of the house and went into the back yard, closing the gate behind him (they have a dog) as though he was familiar with the place. Meanwhile, I went to the bathroom and when I came back into the kitchen, the pickup was gone. This all happened in 10 minutes or less. I didn't find out until 7:30 that night when my neighbor got home that her house had been broken into, trashed, and jewelry, games and a camera had been stolen. The sheriffs finally showed up about 10:30 saying they had been busy earlier with a couple of murders.
I sat right there and watched this happen but I didn't realize what was going on. The 2 guys were white, the passenger looked like a normal guy, clean clothes, neatly combed black hair, there was nothing that alerted me that something might be amiss. They looked to be in their late 20s, early 30s. The only thing that caught my attention was the color of the pickup. It was a full size Ford (maybe Chevy), about 1980, in good shape, two tone ORANGE WITH CREAM TRIM, I don't recall seeing a tool box, it had no metal frame or roll bars, and there was a long ladder in the back. I feel absolutely awful about it. It amazes me that this stuff is happening in our neighborhood in the middle of the day and these guys are so brazen.
sept 12th  (edison and pasadena)
I want to inform you about a crime that happened in my neighborhood this afternoon. I am located near Edison Avenue and Pasadena Avenue.

Around 12:30pm today, a neighbor was returning home from shopping. She carried her purse into the house, dropped it on the floor and went into another room. She was going back outside and saw a hand on the door and her purse was gone. She yelled and went outside, but the thief was nowhere in sight. She immediately notified the Sheriff and us so that we can notify everyone in the neighborhood.

This was a bold attack in broad daylight on a neighbor in her own home. Even though this occurred during the day, our neighborhood is relatively empty with people at school and work. This means that there are no witnesses to these crimes or to help victims. What happened to my neighbor could easily happen to anyone. We have to be very careful and aware of our surroundings, especially after this incident.
Thank goodness no one was not hurt.

10-11 sep 12
Late Monday night or early Tuesday morning the catalytic converter was stolen from my Toyota Sequoia. My car was parked in my driveway on Los Coches.

I've read about other people that had the same thing happen in our neighborhood but never acted on getting a lock or protective case put around my converter. Now I wish I had. If you have a Toyota Sequoia, Tacoma, Tundra etc, particularly if it's parked outside at night, I highly recommend you get one. It's a lot less expensive than an insurance deductible and the inconvenience of not having your car for a few days.
The following occurred in our neighborhood today-Vehicle speeding recklessly through our neighborhood has been reported to the CHP on 9/15/12 at approximately 2:00 pm. The most recent violation was witnessed at approximately 12:30 pm on 9/15/12. A few neighbors had an impromptu meeting with the parents of the diver. Unfortunately, they have been unable to control their son's behavior. It was also discovered that the driver is an adult, unlicensed and using the vehicle without permission. The CHP officer who took the report (log# 1178) said to call dispatch at 916-861-1300 when the vehicle is in the neighborhood and they will send a patrol to investigate.
Please call and report any sightings of this vehicle to 916-861-1300 and reference log# 1178.
Vehicle description
Make: Toyota
Model: Camry
Color: Tannish/Gold
License: 4CMD481
And this vehicle has been seen quite often at Gibbons Park.
further info
I previously wrote you about a troubled young man driving recklessly and at high rates of speeds in our neighborhood. He was driving a Tannish/Gold Camry 4CMD481. Please let your neighbors be aware that he is now
driving a black Chevrolet Blazer, no license plate yet and a white great white shark decal on the back windshield. He still wears a red baseball hat. We are not sure if he still has access to the Tannish/Gold Camry, so please keep an eye out as well. Please contact the CHP for any vehicle related concerns at 861-1300.
I am so glad we are able to alert each other. This man's behavior can now spill outside our neighborhood and we wanted everyone to be aware. A big thank you to Sherrie for organizing us

Monday, September 10, 2012

It's been quiet in the neihborhood

Not much has been happening in our neighborhood, at least that we've heard of.  Below are some Arden Park incidents with descriptions that all should be aware of.  Sac Sheriff "cyberwatch" has been replaced.  If you haven't received a notice or were unaware of it, below is a link to access the new system.

Also from the Sheriff's Department:  FREE CERT (community emergency response team) training. (see below)

Attempted Burglary, September 5th

My brother lives on Stewart, between Arden and Berrendo, and at 10:45 this morning stopped someone from breaking into his house. Fortunately my brother is fine, and was quick enough to call 911 & give a description of the guy.

white male, about 20 years old
Russian accent
purple t-shirt, jean shorts
white shoes, no laces
The guy sped off in a silver Toyota Camry, plate 6UNA812 with tinted windows. The car was parked down the street from my brother's house.

The guy knocked on my brother's front door a couple of times before going into the backyard and being caught at the back sliding door. The Sheriff Dept. came out right away, but were unable to find the guy.

Equipment Theft 

Last week my gardener's new blower was stolen out of his truck (parked on La Sierra near cresta) He had observed a newer model silver silverado parked behind his truck with two male occupants. When he approached his truck, the other truck abruptly pulled away and then he found his blower missing. Another regular AP Gardner reported a similar experience - same silverado observed- nearer to San Ramon. Security patrol driver was alerted but didn't appear to take interest. Keep your eyes open for a newer Silver Silvarado truck parking on your street when gardners are at work. Tell your yard workers to be on the look out. Call security to check it out or 911 if you suspect equipment theft in progress. 

CyberWatch User,
The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department has discontinued its use of CyberWatch as our tool to notify citizens of crimes occurring in their neighborhood. We have moved our crime mapping and crime alert notifications to a new service called If you would like to continue to receive crime alert notifications, you will need to go to and sign up for your alerts again.
Some of the features of the our new crime mapping website are:

    Email Elerts
        You can sign up for multiple alerts and multiple addresses (E.g. Home, Work, School).
        Each alert is customizable by crime area, crime types and frequency of emails.
        You can also be alerted if a sex offender moves into your neighborhood.
        Email provides you with a summary by crime category with a link to view the crimes on the online map.
    Fast Google™ Mapping Technology
        The new crime mapping system uses fast Google™ maps and features.
        You can turn on/off mapping layers and satellite photos.
    Registered Sex Offenders
        Registered Sex Offenders information is included along with crime data on the online maps.
        The sex offenders’ information and photos are accessible directly within the online map.
    iPhone App
        There is a free iPhone™ App in the iTunes Store™ for doing crime mapping on the go.

Helpful links: Information Video -
Download iPhone App -
iPhone App Video -

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department will also be launching additional features in the coming months to help us share valuable crime information with our citizens.

Thank you,

Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department



Following a major disaster, first responders who provide fire and medical services will not be able to meet the demand for these services. Factors as number of victims, communication failures, and road blockages will prevent people from accessing emergency services they have come to expect at a moment's notice through 911. People will have to rely on each other for help in order to meet their immediate life saving and life sustaining needs.

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Metro Fire CERT Basic Training Class (There is NO CHARGE for this training. Notebook, helmet and work gloves will be provided to all attendees)

Thursday, October 4th – 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Saturday, October 6th – 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Wednesday, October 10th – 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Saturday, October 13th: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Graduation Day!!)

To register or to request additional information: or 916-859-3776

Metro Fire CERT Rummage & Bake Sale

Saturday, October 6th

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Parking Lot of Sams Club in Citrus Heights ( 7147 Greenback Lane )

All proceeds will be used to purchase equipment for Metro Fire CERT Program & its volunteers. (Hoping to raise enough through our fundraising efforts for a gator to be used to support large events to transport medical equipment and personnel to an injured victim rapidly.)

All unsold items will be re-donated to a domestic violence shelter.

Items range from clothing, dishes, DVDs to a gun cabinet. Loads of spooky desserts and shockingly yummy treats will be available for purchase and your taste buds delight!

Great California ShakeOut Awareness Event

Metro Fire CERT is Teaming Up with the City of Rancho Cordova and the Cordova Community Council to host this event.

Wednesday, October 17th

4:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Parking lot of Rancho Cordova City building ( 2729 Prospect Drive )

“Starter” Preparedness kits will be handed out to the first 100 attendees (1 kit per car/family please)

Safety Demonstrations on “Earthquake Survival” will be offered and CERT Volunteers along with Rancho Cordova City Officials will be on hand to answer questions.

Kits include:

Metro Fire CERT 72 hour Checklist, Hill’s Pet Goody Bags, First Aid booklet, Packets of Hand Sanitizer, Pair of First Aid Disposable Gloves, Flashlight, Dust Mask, Whistle, Tooth Brush, Metro Fire CERT Pencil, Comfort Food (Halloween Candy!), Emergency Medical Information Packet, Prepare For Emergencies (FEMA publications): Pet Owners/Older Americans/People w/Disabilities/Businesses and Ready Kids Activity Booklet