Car Burglars Target Unlocked Vehicles

In this week's roundup police report a number of thefts of unlocked cars and the property within them, as well as several reported reckless drivers.


Jan. 31

1:56 p.m. – The driver of a gray Lincoln reportedly drove into a sign near the tennis courts at Tam High, rupturing the car’s gas tank and sending some debris from the car out onto the road. The driver was not injured. Police are investigating. 

Feb. 1

8:27 a.m. – A resident called police from California and Loring avenues to report that another driver backed into his car and then got out and started yelling at her. The resident felt unsafe and drove away from the scene.

1:04 p.m. – A resident reported seeing an older white male driving an older gray Toyota Tercel recklessly down Evergreen Avenue near Miller Avenue, honking his horn unnecessarily and swerving on the roadway. Police did not locate the driver.

Feb. 2

11:41 a.m. – A resident of Circle Avenue reported that his red Ford Econoline van was broken into overnight. Te van was locked, the man reported. He didn’t know if anything had been taken.

6:28 p.m. – A customer at CVS Pharmacy told police she saw a man who appeared very intoxicated drive away from the store’s parking lot in a white pickup truck. Police checked the area but did not locate the truck and CVS hadn’t noticed the man either.

Feb. 3

8:42 a.m. – A city employee driving a city vehicle called police to report hitting a parked white Honda at Surrey and Sycamore avenues. The Honda belonged to the crossing guard in the area.

10:45 p.m. – A resident reported nearly a dozen kids were skateboarding and playing loud music at Tam High. Police were unable to locate any juveniles when they arrived.

Feb. 4

1:31 p.m. – While parked at the gas station at East Blithedale Avenue and Camino Alto, a driver told police his blue Toyota Sienna minivan was hit by a white car, and that white paint marks were left on his car. A gas station employee told police that he could retrieve surveillance video of the incident.

6:03 p.m. – A resident reported that he was following an extremely reckless and possible intoxicated driver of a Ford sedan at Madrona and Throckmorton avenues. The resident reported following the driver, a white male in his 60’s, all the way from East Blithedale Avenue and Camino Alto, saying he drove through multiple traffic slights and stop signs and drove on the wrong side of the road. Police investigated and determined that no crime had occurred.

Feb. 5

12:10 p.m. – A resident of Eldridge Avenue reported that his unlocked car was burglarized, with the alleged thief taking $50 in cash and other miscellaneous items.

2:23 p.m. – An unlocked dark brown Nissan Versa was stolen from the parking lot of the Mill Valley Community Center. Police said they are investigating.

7:21 p.m. – A driver called police to report seeing a possibly intoxicated driver swerving his car on the highway before exiting near the Arco station on Redwood Highway.

Feb. 6

7:43 a.m. – A resident of Gomez Way reported that someone cut the cable locks on and stole three bicycles on his property. The bikes, one of which belonged to a neighbor, were valued at a total of $1,700.


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