May 3rd, 2013
Suspicious Circumstance Call Leads to Methamphetamine Arrest
On May 3rd, 2013, at approximately 10:34 a.m., the Sausalito Police Department received a report of three people attempting to use a ‘Slim Jim’ to enter a vehicle that was located in the 1700 block of Bridgeway. The subjects were described as white male adults, shaved heads, with multiple tattoos on their necks. Officers arrived within one minute of the call.
During the investigation, officers found that one of the subjects, Brandon Henslee, age 27, of Nevada City, was on probation for a previous concealed firearms conviction. One of the conditions of Henslee’s probation was that he must submit to, without a warrant, a search of his person and property.
During the subsequent search of Henslee’s vehicle, officers found approximately .7 grams of suspected methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia used for smoking methamphetamine and about 2 pounds of marijuana.
Henslee was arrested for possession of suspected methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, marijuana possession and transporting marijuana. He was booked into the Marin County Jail. Bail preset at $15,000
Officers later determined that the subjects were in area to purchase a vehicle. The vehicle’s keys were accidently locked inside the vehicle and the subjects were using the ‘Slim Jim’ to unlock a door.
May 3rd, 2013
Phone Tip Leads to $160,000 Warrant Arrest
On May 3rd, 2013, at approximately 12:43 a.m., the Sausalito Police Department received a telephone tip that a man with outstanding arrest warrants was staying at the Gables Inn (62 Princess Street). The caller identified the man as George Diggs, a 45 year old homeless man out of San Francisco. The caller had posted bail for Diggs on a previous identity theft arrest and knew that he failed to make his court date.
Officers confirmed that Diggs had $160,000 in arrest warrants for identity theft, possessing items related to identity theft and for possession of a controlled substance.
Officers made contact with Diggs at his room and placed him under arrest for the warrants. Two other men were staying in the room. One of the men, 29 year old Vincent Williams of South San Francisco, told police that he was on court probation for a previous drug arrest. Upon searching Williams, police located concentrated cannabis on his person. Williams was subsequently arrested.
Police also learned that Ronnet Torres, a 40 year old female, was also staying in the room. Torres had a felony ‘no bail’ arrest warrant related to fraud and possession of drugs. Prior to police arrival, Torres and Diggs were involved in a heated argument. Torres left the area in a dark red or maroon sedan. Officers searched for Torres but did not locate her.
Diggs was booked into the Main County Jail on the arrest warrants. Williams was booked for possession of concentrated cannabis. Bail was present at $5,000.
May 3rd, 2013
Colorado Woman Arrested for Domestic Violence
On May 2nd, 2013, at approximately 10:50 p.m., the Sausalito Police Department received a report of a man and woman in a physical altercation in the downtown area of Sausalito. Officers arrived on scene within two minutes and located the involved subjects near Vina Del Mar Park. Officers saw scratch marks on the man’s neck and forearms.
During the investigation, Smith and the victim would not comment on the assault.
Based on the reporting party’s statements and the injuries to the victim, Melissa Smith, age 43, of Avon, Colorado was placed under arrest for domestic violence.
Smith was booked into the Marin County Jail. Bail was preset at $7,500
May 3rd, 2013
Sausalito Police Department and ABC Agents
Arrest 4 Suspects for Furnishing Alcohol to Minors
Sausalito Police Department, in conjunction with Agents from the California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), arrested 4 people on April 30th, 2013 for furnishing alcoholic beverages to minors. The operation was conducted at three establishments within Sausalito.
ABC agents and Sausalito Police Department officers conducted a program called “Decoy Shoulder Tap Operation” which targets adults who purchase alcohol for people younger than 21 years of age. The program uses a minor, under the direct supervision of a peace officer, to stand outside a liquor or convenience store and ask patrons to buy them alcohol. If the adults agree to purchase alcohol for the minor, officers then arrest and cite them for furnishing alcohol to the minor.
The program is intended to reduce the availability of alcohol to minors. Statistics show that minors generally have a higher rate of drunken driving crashes than adults. Studies also show the combination of alcohol and youth tends to increase criminal conduct. According to the American Medical Association, underage drinking can increase chances of risky sexual behavior and teen pregnancy, juvenile delinquency, compromise health, and result in unintentional injury and death.
Funding for this program was provided by an ABC grant.
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month
Law enforcement agencies across the state, including Sausalito PD, will step up efforts in April to educate/convince drivers of the dangers of distracted driving.
The Sausalito Police Department wants to remind drivers to only use their cell phones while driving when using a hands-free device. The majority of traffic accidents caused by inattentive driving are due to cell phone usage. The California Highway Patrol has designated Tuesday, April 16, 2013 as a cell phone enforcement day. The Sausalito Police Department plans to join in that effort by taking a “zero tolerance” stance with drivers violating these safety laws.
The “It’s not worth it” campaign emphasizes a phone call or text message is not worth a hefty fine or collision.
“In a few short years, distracted driving has grown to be a nationwide traffic safety concern, and we all need to put forth the effort necessary to put an end to it,” said Christopher J. Murphy, director of the state Office of Traffic Safety (OTS).
All law enforcement agencies will be stepping up their efforts to help remind drivers to stay alert when behind the wheel and to not endanger their lives or the lives of others with distractions from mobile devices while driving.
According to OTS, tips to avoid distracted driving include:
• Turn off your phone and/or put it out of reach while driving
• State in your outgoing voicemail that you cannot answer the phone while driving
The Sausalito Police Department thanks you for driving safely!
Burglary Suspect Arrested by Sausalito Officers
For immediate release:
PR-1 SP13-416 and SP13-417
Lieutenant Kurtis Skoog
Public Information Officer
On Thursday, March 28, 2013, at 12:54 a.m., Sausalito Police Officer Justin Ritz, while on patrol in the area of Road 3, saw a man holding an object in his right hand while riding a bicycle without the required lighting equipment. Officer Ritz attempted to stop the bicyclist, later identified as Mark Joseph Adams, age 46, All Points, Sausalito, on Harbor Drive. Adams fled on the bicycle north on the Bridgeway bike path then onto Gate 5 Road in an attempt to evade the officers. Adams eventually crashed into a fixed object in the area of Liberty Dock, sustaining injuries to his face. Officers attempted to apprehend Adams but he resisted being handcuffed. It took three officers to finally place Adams into handcuffs.
Upon investigation, officers found that Adams was in possession of two laptop computers, a purse full of jewelry, and several credit cards that had just been stolen in a burglary at a business located at 80 Libertyship Drive.
After receiving a medical clearance from Marin General Hospital, Adams was transported to the Marin County Jail where he was booked on the following charges: Possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools, resisting arrest, and violating the terms of his parole. He is being held on a State of California felony parole hold in lieu of bail.
February 27th, 2013
Police See an Increase in Burglaries
The City of Sausalito has seen a sudden increase in commercial and residential burglaries within the last thirty days.
Recent commercial burglaries:
• Commercial burglary, 600 block of Bridgeway. The suspect smashed a window to the business to gain entry and stole approximately $600 from the register.
• Commercial burglary, 3000 block of Bridgeway. The suspect gained entry to the business through an unlocked window or door and stole approximately $200 from the register.
• Commercial burglary, 3000 block of Bridgeway. The suspect gained entry to the business through an unlocked window and stole two iPods.
• Commercial burglary, 100 block of Libertyship Way. The suspect smashed a window to the business to gain entry and stole approximately $300 from the register.
• Commercial burglary, 200 block of Caledonia Street. The suspect smashed a window to the business to gain entry and stole approximately $2,000 from multiple registers.
Recent residential burglaries:
• Residential burglary, 200 block of Currey Lane. The suspect pried open a rear sliding door to gain entry and stole valuables.
• Residential burglary, 100 block of Booker Avenue. The suspect entered the residence through an unlocked front door and stole electronics.
• Residential burglary, unit block of Marin Avenue. The suspect entered the residence by breaking a front door window and then stole valuables.
• Residential burglary, unit block of Santa Rosa Avenue. The suspect entered the residence by breaking a rear door window and then stole valuables.
The Sausalito Police Department has made investigating this current spike in burglaries a priority. Officers are conducting directed patrols in the affected areas. Officers and our detective are checking with potential witnesses and checking for security camera footage that may identify possible suspects.
The Sausalito Police Department encourages citizens to report any suspicious activity they may see in their neighborhood or in commercial areas. Merchants are asked to remove money from their cash register and secure it in their safe overnight. Both merchants and residents alike are asked to make sure that their doors and windows are locked when they leave and that alarms are activated.
To report suspicious activity, please dial 9-1-1 from your cellular or home telephone. Those not comfortable using 9-1-1 can call the business line at 415-289-4170.
February 15th, 2013
Stolen Boat Arrest
On Friday, 2/15/2013, at about 2:59 a.m., Sausalito Police received a call of an
‘in-progress’ theft of a boat at Galilee Harbor (300 Napa Street). The suspect, known to the reporting party only as “Jason,” was rowing the stolen skiff east towards Tiburon. While rowing away the suspect was verbally abusive towards the reporting party, challenging him to a physical confrontation.
When police arrived, the reporting party stated that the suspect had rowed back to the nearby abandoned Cass’ Marina docks. Sergeant Stacie Gregory located the suspect (later identified as Justin Pflueger, age 41, of Sausalito) leaving the docks.
Pflueger told police he stole the skiff but decided to return it as he knew the police had been called. Pflueger appeared intoxicated to the point that he was a danger to himself or others.
Pflueger was placed under arrest for theft and public intoxication. He was transported to the Marin County Jail. Bail is pre-set at $10,000.
February 6th, 2013
Police Investigate Robbery
The Sausalito Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying the suspect in a strong-arm robbery.
On Monday, February 4th, at 11:52 pm, the Sausalito Police Department received a report of a ‘strong-arm’ robbery in the 200 block of Caledonia Street. The victim was walking southbound on Caledonia Street when she was approached by a black male adult. The man grabbed the woman’s purse and attempted to flee. The woman tried to hold onto the purse and was pulled to the ground. The woman suffered minor injuries to her knees.
Officers from the Sausalito Police Department, along with Marin County Sheriff Deputies, conducted an extensive search for the suspect but were unable to locate him.
The suspect is described as a black male adult in his mid to late 20’s, approximately 6 feet tall, thin build, wearing a black or blue jacket, a white/blue track suit and possibly a knit cap.
Loss was a red and blue Tommy Hilfiger purse that contained the victim’s wallet and other personal property.
Prior to the robbery, the suspect was seen inside Smitty’s Bar at 214 Caledonia Street asking for money. The Sausalito Police Department is hoping that someone may have seen this suspect and can provide information to his identity.
Anyone who may have seen the suspect is asked to call the Sausalito Police Department at 415-289-4170.
January 11th, 2013
Marin County District Attorney’s Office Sponsors
Gun Buy-Back Program
On Tuesday, January 15th, from 11AM to 8PM, the Marin County District Attorney’s Office is sponsoring a ‘Gun Buy Back’ program at the below listed locations. Residents of Marin, Sonoma, Contra Costa, or San Francisco counties can receive from $100 to $200 for up to three firearms turned in for destruction. There is no limit to the number of firearms you turn in; however, you will only receive payment for the first three.
No questions are asked but you must be able to prove that you reside in one of the four listed counties by providing a driver’s license, utility bill, etc.
Residents from other counties may also drop off firearms at these locations. These residents will receive a voucher for potential payment.
You can also receive $10 for turning in 5 violent video games. Ammunition is accepted, but there is no payment.
JANUARY 15th DROP OFF LOCATIONS**
Marin City St. Andrews Church, 101 Donahue
San Rafael PD 1400 Fifth Avenue, San Rafael
Novato PD 909 Machin Avenue, Novato
Central Marin Police 250 Doherty Drive, Larkspur
Point Reyes Station Marin County Sheriff’s sub-station
While the City of Sausalito is not one of the listed buy back locations, we can accept firearms on this date. No buy-back cash will be available at the Sausalito Police Department but we can forward your name and address to the buy-back program for later payment.
Firearms must be unloaded at the time they are dropped off. If you are unsure if the firearm is loaded, ask staff for assistance with your weapon.
** NOTE: A second surrender date has been scheduled for January 21, 2013, at the San Rafael Police Department and the Mill Valley Police Department. Again the hours of operation will be from 11AM to 8 PM.
January 8th, 2013
Sausalito Police seize 167 pounds of Marijuana
Acting on an anonymous tip that Nicholas “Nick” Pappas was storing 100 pounds of marijuana in a Marinship Way storage container, Sausalito Police Detective Brian Mather initiated an investigation to locate the subject and the container. On Saturday, December 29th, Detective Mather observed a vehicle registered to Pappas parked next to a freight/shipping container at Marinship Self Storage at 2346 Marinship Way. When Pappas opened the container, Detective Mather immediately smelled the strong odor of marijuana coming from inside. Pappas gave Detective Mather consent to search the storage container at which time police found approximately 40 pounds of marijuana. Further investigation revealed a false wall built inside the container that concealed another approximately 120 pounds of marijuana. During the search, police also found paraphernalia used for smoking narcotics, 3.7 grams of suspected cocaine and 15 grams of concentrated cannabis.
Pappas told police that he grew the marijuana in Mendocino County and then transported it to his Sausalito storage container.
Pappas was arrested for cultivation and possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Nicholas Pappas, age 54, appeared to be living in the storage container. Police found the container was equipped with electricity, cable television, and a bed.
The total weight of the seized marijuana was 167.6 pounds with an estimated street value of $419,000.
October 31st, 2012
DUI/Vehicle Pursuit Arrest
On Tuesday, 10-30-2012, at approximately 8:18pm, Sausalito Police Department Officer Nick White heard via police radio traffic that a possible hit-and-run accident had just occurred in Mill Valley. The suspect’s vehicle, a dark colored Ford SUV with a partial license number of “4YER”, was last seen traveling on Locust Avenue towards Miller Avenue. Officer White responded to the area of Shoreline Highway to see if the driver was heading towards the freeway. At approximately 8:23pm, Officer White saw a Ford SUV with a matching license plate number pull into the Manzanita Park-and-Ride. Officer White got out of his patrol car and attempted to speak to the driver, Philip Adams, age 66, of San Francisco. Adams refused to roll down his window and drove away towards N/B Highway 101. Adams failed to yield to officers’ lights and sirens and entered the freeway, driving at approximately 40mph. Adams took the Seminary exit and pulled to the curb in the 500 block of the Redwood Highway Frontage Road.
Upon contacting Adams, officers noted that he displayed several symptoms of intoxication and subsequently placed him under arrest for suspicion of DUI and Evading Police Officers.
Upon inspection of Adams’ vehicle, officers observed recent collision damage. To date, the Mill Valley Police Department has been unable to locate the vehicle or object that Adams’ vehicle struck.
Adams was booked into the Marin County Jail. Bail was pre-set at $2,525.
October 30th, 2012
Emergency Operations Center Exercise
Sausalito City Staff Prepares for the Worst
Last Thursday afternoon, the City of Sausalito held its annual emergency operations drill at the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) located at SMFD Station 1. This year’s drill addressed the concern of how the City would handle an emergency if senior staff could not immediately respond to the EOC. Whenever there are major storms or other disasters, there is always the chance that City employees living outside Sausalito will be blocked or severely delayed in responding here. To prepare employees for this possibility, the first four hours of the exercise involved patrol sergeants handling assignments generally under the control of a Patrol Captain or Chief of Police while the Public Works Director took over the role of the Director of Emergency Services, a role generally handled by the City Manager.
This year’s simulated disaster involved a mudslide that blocked South Street and damaged or destroyed several homes. During the exercise, City staff coordinated both local and outside resources to conduct rescue operations, provide temporary housing, and transport the injured to various local hospitals.
This year’s EOC drill, coordinated by Emergency Services Manager Sergeant Bill Fraass, involved multiple organizations. Two Marin County dispatchers gave personnel updates over the police and fire radios while other volunteers called in questions from the public and acted as outside local and Federal agencies and the media. Members of the Twin Cities Police Authority, Town of Tiburon, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, and the U.S Coast Guard acted as evaluators in order to provide feedback to the participants on their performance.
The City of Sausalito and the Southern Marin Fire Department are committed to preparing for natural and manmade disasters in order to provide the best possible service to our community.
For additional information on Sausalito disaster preparedness please contact Sergeant Bill Fraass at 415-289-4170
October 24th, 2012
Preventing Bicycle Theft
Nationally, 1.5 million bicycles are stolen each year and of those that are recovered, many will never be returned to their owners. The Sausalito Police Department wants to remind residents as well as visitors about some basic crime prevention techniques to prevent bicycle theft and increase the odds of your bicycle being returned to you in the event it is stolen.
Once you purchase your bicycle, immediately record its make, model and serial number. Some people are under the belief that the bicycle shop will retain this information for you; most do not. The Sausalito Police Department strongly urges you to register your bicycle’s information at the National Bike Registry (www.nationalbikeregistry.com). A link is also available in the Crime Prevention tab of the police department’s website. Since 1984, the National Bike Registry has been working with law enforcement to return stolen bikes to their rightful owners. A bike registered with NBR (the only true national database) can be identified by police and returned to you instead of being sold at an auction.
The following tips will help reduce your risk of becoming a victim of bicycle theft:
• Purchase a case hardened “U” lock. Cable locks, especially cheaper ones, are easily cut off. In many cases, thieves can cut off cable locks with small hand tools, often in front of witnesses.
• Make sure the lock goes through your bike’s frame and any wheels with quick-release mechanisms.
• Secure your bike to a sturdy, fixed object. If you are attaching your bike to a sign pole, make sure the pole is securely embedded in concrete.
• When parked in public, remove all accessories from your bike that can be quickly and easily stolen i.e., lighting devices and speedometers.
• Do not leave your bike unsecured in front of your house, carport or garage.
• Avoid leaving unsecured/unattended bikes on your vehicle’s rack when running quick errands or purchasing coffee.
• Avoid leaving your bike locked to a rack overnight.
• Park your bike in a well-lit area where it can be seen by a passerby.
The Sausalito Police Department asks that you follow these simple steps to become an active participant in reducing the impact of bicycle theft in Sausalito. We also ask that you take the time to review the information under the Crime Prevention tab of the department’s website for other useful tips and links.
October 17th, 2012
Bicycle Thief Arrested on Outstanding Warrant
On Tuesday, October 16, 2012, at approximately 1521 hours, an alert witness reported to police that while he was riding the Golden Gate Transit bus from San Francisco to Sausalito, he noticed a man exit the bus carrying a backpack. Approximately 30 minutes later the witness saw the same man getting on another bus headed back to San Francisco with a bicycle in his possession and thought it was suspicious. Officers responded to the area and contacted Edgar Calhoun, age 57, of Oakland. Calhoun initially provided officers with a false name. He was in possession of drug paraphernalia and what police believe was an unreported stolen bicycle.
Calhoun was wanted on a No Bail California Department of Corrections warrant. Calhoun was also charged with being under the influence, providing false identification to a police officer, and failure to register with the county as a sex registrant.
Sausalito Police Department is still trying to locate the owner of the stolen bicycle.
Calhoun is currently being held on a parole violation.
For more information, please contact Sergeant Stacie Gregory at 415-289-4170.
September 11th, 2012
Bicycle Thieves Arrested at Ferry Terminal
On Sunday, September 9, 2012 at about 3:50pm, a staff member of Golden Gate Ferry reported seeing two suspicious men loitering around the bicycle racks located at Tracy Way and El Portal Street. The staff member was aware of previous bike thefts at this location and reported his observations to the police. Officers responded to the area and contacted Christopher Burgess, age 39, of San Francisco. Burgess initially provided officers with a false name. A short time later, officers located George Lee, age 45, of Santa Clara hiding under a hedge in Gabrielson Park.
Burgess and Lee were found to have cable cutters in their possession. Officers also found Subaru keys in Lee’s possession. Officers were able to match these keys to a stolen vehicle (out of San Francisco) in Municipal Lot #3. The vehicle was displaying stolen license plates that were taken in Santa Clara.
Lee was arrested for being in possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of burglary tools and attempted grand theft. Burgess was arrested for possession of burglary tools, attempted grand theft and providing false identification to a police officer.
Both men had a history of theft arrests.
Bail was set at $25,000 for Lee and $10,000 for Burgess.
September 4th, 2012
Officers Arrest San Rafael Man for Possession of Stolen Property
On Monday, September 3, 2012 at about 1:42 a.m., a Sausalito man reported that David Moses, age 42 of San Rafael, stole his Zodiac Zoom inflatable boat and a 15HP outboard motor. Approximately 30 minutes later, Officers located Moses walking in the area of Dunphy Park. When officers attempted to contact Moses, he fled on foot towards 30 Libertyship Way. Officers searched for Moses but were unable to locate him.
During the investigation, police learned that Moses’ skiff was tied up at the Turney Street boat ramp. At 4:49 a.m., Officer Nick White saw Moses in the area carrying the stolen 15HP outboard. Officer White contacted Moses and took him into custody without incident.
Police arrested Moses for possession of stolen property, obstructing a police officer, and for violating his probation. Moses was booked into the Marin County Jail. Bail is pre-set at $10,000
August 29th, 2012
On Wednesday, August 29, 2012, at approximately 0113 hours, a resident reported that a pickup truck collided with a parked SUV in the 200 block of Spencer Avenue. Officers arrived on scene and found that a Toyota pickup truck, registered to a resident out of San Francisco, had crashed into a parked SUV. The force of the impact pushed the SUV off the roadway. The Toyota truck was tipped on its passenger side wheels and was precariously leaning against the SUV. Police rushed to the aid of the Toyota’s occupants but found it empty. Officers conducted an area search but were unable to locate the driver. Officers are conducting an investigation and following leads surrounding this incident.
Both of the vehicles sustained major damage. The collision also caused moderate property damage to the fence and decking. There were no reported injuries at the time of this release.
August 29th, 2012
On Tuesday, August 28, 2012, at approximately 2034 hours, a 67 year old Sausalito woman drove her pickup truck through the front of the 7-Eleven Store at 1901 Bridgeway. The driver pulled into the parking lot from Easterby Street and was attempting to park at the curb but, for an unknown reason, she failed to stop at the curb and crashed into the building. The driver, who was wearing her seatbelt at the time of the incident, appeared shaken but was uninjured.
The 7-Eleven clerk, also uninjured, immediately called for emergency services. Upon initial inspection of the building, fire personnel could not find any significant structural damage. The store was closed for approximately two hours for clean-up and repairs. Police are conducting a vehicle collision investigation. No arrests have been made at this time.
August 9th, 2012
Woman Arrested for Domestic Violence and Threatening her Fiancé with a Knife
On August 8th, 2012, at approximately 8:30 a.m., a Sausalito resident came to the Sausalito Police Department to report he had been assaulted by his fiancée. The victim stated that during an argument, Yi Li, age 39 of Sausalito, bit, hit and scratched him. The victim added that Li then grabbed a kitchen knife and started swinging it in his direction. The victim was able to exit the residence, at which time he drove to the police department.
The victim sustained minor injuries from being hit and bitten by the suspect.
Officers responded to the residence and arrested Li for Domestic Violence and Attempted Assault with a Deadly Weapon. Li was transported to the Marin County Jail. Bail was pre-set at $50,000.
August 4th, 2012
Sausalito Man Arrested for Brandishing a Knife and for Criminal Threats
On Friday, August 3, 2012, at approximately 2:36 PM, the Sausalito Police Department responded to the area of Dunphy Park (1600 Bridgeway) on a report of a person brandishing a knife. Witnesses stated that an intoxicated man, later identified as Andre Conde, 39 of Sausalito, had brandished a knife following an argument with another man. Conde threatened to kill the man and then began chasing him. Conde fled the area when he heard police sirens.
The Sausalito Police Department, with assistance from the Marin County Sheriff’s Office, conducted a comprehensive search for Conde. After a two hour search, Sergeant Bill Fraass and Officer Brandon Rodgers located Conde in the 1900 block of Bridgeway and took him into custody. A large knife, matching the witnesses’ descriptions, was located in Conde’s possession.
Conde was charged with making criminal threats, brandishing a deadly weapon, public intoxication and for violating the conditions of his probation.
Conde is in the custody of the Marin County Jail. Conde is being held without bail due to the fact he violated the terms of his probation.
July 12, 2012
On July 11th, 2012, the Sausalito Police Department took three theft-from-vehicle reports. The crimes occurred sometime between 6 p.m. on July 10th and 8 a.m. on July 11th. The crimes occurred inside parking garages located in the 100 block of South Street and on Bulkley Avenue. Two of the three vehicles had items of value left in plain sight. Items stolen included a laptop computer, camera, IPod and two cellular telephones. The estimated loss is $1000.
During a neighborhood canvass, officers located a ransacked vehicle in the 100 block of Bulkley Avenue. Officers were unable to contact the owner of the vehicle to determine what was taken.
The SPD is asking anyone who may have seen any suspicious people or vehicles in the area between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning to contact us at 415-289-4170.
Crime Prevention Tip
When parking your vehicle, items of value should never be left in plain sight. It takes a criminal a matter of seconds to smash a window and steal small items such as cameras and purses. As part of our crime prevention program, nighttime officers routinely walk residential foot beats looking for unlocked vehicles. When an unlocked car is found, officers will attempt to secure the vehicle as well as leave a courtesy notice for the owners about the importance of locking their car doors.
July 8, 2012
DUI AND DRIVER’S LICENSE CHECKPOINT
Sausalito, CA – July 6, 2012. On Friday evening the Sausalito Police Department, along with many other Marin County Law Enforcement Agencies, conducted a DUI and driver’s license checkpoint on Bridgeway, between Coloma Street and Gate 5 Road. The operation began at 6:20 PM and ran until approximately 11:30 PM. A total of one thousand, six hundred and fifty-four (1,654) vehicles went through the checkpoint. Of these vehicles, one thousand, six hundred and thirty (1,624) were screened and thirty (30) were passed through unscreened due to emergency fire vehicle traffic needing to pass through.
These are the results of the operation.
- One (1) drivers were arrested and booked for DUI.
- Thirty-one (31) field sobriety tests were performed.
- One (1) driver operating with a suspended license was arrested, cited, and released.
- Five (5) unlicensed drivers were arrested, cited, and released.
- Fourteen (14) moving and safety violations were issued.
- One (1) vehicle were impounded.
- One driver was arrested for displaying a stolen license plate.
This checkpoint was the part of the Avoid the Marin 13 Grant. It was funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
July 2, 2012
MAN SEVERELY INJURED DURING ASSAULT
On Monday, July 2, 2012, at 2:04 a.m., Sausalito police officers responded to Smitty’s Bar at 214 Caledonia Street concerning five people being involved in a fight. Officers arrived on scene in about a minute and found three men laying in the street. All were bleeding from head wounds.
Witnesses reported that Kyle Algeo, age 25 of Sausalito, was speaking with a 66-year-old man outside of Smitty’s Bar when, for an unknown reason, Algeo assaulted him. According to witnesses, Algeo knocked the man into the street and began striking him multiple times in the face. Two men attempted to break up the altercation, but were assaulted by a man identified as Scott Newcomb, an associate of Algeo’s.
The man that Algeo assaulted suffered severe trauma to the area around his right eye. Officers provided first aid until fire personnel arrived on the scene. Paramedics then transported the victim to Marin General Hospital. Doctors reported that the 66-year-old man sustained facial and orbital socket fractures. At the time of this release, doctors were unsure if they would be able to save the man’s right eye.
Sausalito police officers arrested Algeo and Newcomb for felony assault and public intoxication. They were treated at Marin General Hospital for minor injuries before being transported to the Marin County Jail. Due to the severe injuries Algeo inflicted on the victim, he was charged with Mayhem (203 PC), Assault Likely to Cause Great Bodily Injury (245 PC), Felony Assault (243 D PC) and Public Intoxication (647 (f) PC). Bail was pre-set at $50,000. Scott Newcomb, age 35 of Oakland, was charged with Felony Assault and Public Intoxication. Bail was pre-set at $50,000.
June 14, 2012
Man Brandishing a Knife Arrested After Threatening Others
On Thursday, June 14, 2012, at 2:37 PM, the Sausalito Police Department received a report that a man had just brandished a knife and threatened to “cut” another person in the 700 block of Bridgeway. The person reported to be threatening others with the knife, was described as a Hispanic male adult who was wearing a black tank top and pants.
Officer Brandon Rodgers and Sergeant Bill Fraass located Jose Rubio, in a nearby park heavily intoxicated. Rubio, who matched the description of the suspect exactly, is a 52 year old transient. The SPD has had multiple prior contacts with Rubio for public intoxication and Rubio had been arrested by the Sausalito Police Department earlier in 2012 for threatening another person with a knife.
Rubio was arrested for criminal threats, brandishing a deadly weapon, and public intoxication.
Rubio is in the custody of the Marin County Jail and his bail has been set at $50,000.
June 7, 2012
GRENADE LOCATED IN SAUSALITO
On Wednesday, June 6, 2012, at 5:06 PM, Sausalito Police Officers were dispatched to Arana Circle on the report of a citizen who had located a possible hand grenade. A homeowner replacing a mailbox post located the grenade buried in the ground.
Officers arrived on scene within 3 minutes and determined that the grenade appeared to be a World War II era fragmentation grenade that had been buried for many years. Officers immediately cleared the street of pedestrian traffic for 100 yards in all directions and advised nearby residents to shelter in place away from windows. After ensuring the neighborhood was safe and the grenade was isolated, officers requested assistance from the University of California Berkley Police Department’s Bomb Squad.
The UCBPD Bomb Squad arrived at 6:20 PM and examined the grenade. The bomb squad determined the grenade was real but that the explosive charge had been removed prior to it being buried. The bomb squad took possession of the grenade to properly dispose of it.
The Sausalito Police Department would like to remind people that any form of explosive device is very dangerous, especially those devices that are old. Explosive devices can come in many different shapes and forms. If you come across a device which you believe is an explosive, DO NOT TOUCH IT! Move away from the device and call 9-1-1.
MAY 25th, 2012
May 27th a Busy Day in Sausalito
Memorial Day weekend will be beautiful and action-packed here in Sausalito. Among other things, Sunday May 27th will see the Holy Ghost Parade from IDESST Hall to the Star of the Sea Church and back, the Southern Marin Fire Department and Lion’s Club Pancake Breakfast at Fire Station 1, the Caledonia Street Festival (“A Toast to the Golden Gate”) (http://www.ci.sausalito.ca.us/Index.aspx?page=921) on Caledonia between Bee and Johnson, and the ceremonies in San Francisco celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge (http://goldengatebridge75.org/).
Sausalitans can expect potential traffic delays and congestion – especially once Alexander Avenue is closed in both directions at approximately 5:30 PM with a peak when US 101 is closed in both directions across the Bridge at approximately 9 PM for one hour. CalTrans, the California Highway Patrol, the US Coast Guard and the National Park Service have worked with the Sausalito PD to develop an integrated notification, traffic control and public safety plan to divert vehicular traffic from Sausalito and the Golden Gate Bridge and route drivers to San Francisco via the Richmond /San Rafael and Bay Bridges. Supplemental bus and ferry service is also being provided ( see “Getting to the Festival” http://goldengatebridge75.org/celebrate/getting-to-the-festival.html).
Sausalitans in the know are encouraged to avoid driving Sunday evening. Contact the Sausalito Police Department on-duty Watch Commander at 415-289-4170, Lt. Kurtis Skoog at 415-289-4169 (Sunday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.) or Public Works Director Jonathon Goldman at 415-289-4176 if you have questions. In the event of an emergency during any event, please call 9*1*1 (cell phone: 415-472-0911). Have a safe and wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!
May 23rd, 2012
On Tuesday, 5-22-12, at about 10:35pm, Officer Francisco Padilla was on routine patrol in the 100 block of Filbert Street when he saw a person searching through a backpack. Officer Padilla made contact with the person, later identified as Benjamin Courtney, age 22, of San Rafael. Courtney had a blue powder residue around his nostrils and upper lip. Courtney told the officer that he had been “snorting Ajax” at his friend’s house.
A records check showed Courtney was on probation out of Marin County for possession of a controlled substance. A search of Courtney’s belongings revealed suspected crushed oxycodone tablets and paraphernalia associated with the heating and injecting of a controlled substance.
Courtney was placed under arrest for possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and violating the terms of his probation. Courtney was transported to the Marin County Jail where bail was pre-set at $5,000.
May 19th, 2012
Sausalito Police Department’s Patrol Boat Rescues Four
Outside of the Golden Gate Bridge
On Saturday, May 19, 2012, the Sausalito Police Department’s (SPD) patrol boat, Marine One, was being operated jointly by SPD and USCG personnel in Richardson’s Bay. At approximately 4:23 p.m., the crew received a report of a disabled dinghy under the Golden Gate Bridge. Due to high winds, the dinghy was quickly drifting out into the ocean.
The crew, SPD Officer Brandon Rodgers and USCG Petty Officer Cory Demery, arrived on the scene in about 5 minutes. At this time, the dinghy had drifted 200 yards west of the bridge.
In rough seas and in high winds, the boaters (an adult, four year old child and two senior citizens) were safely transferred onto the patrol boat. The boaters and the dinghy were taken to USCG Station Golden Gate.
There were no reported injuries.
May 17th, 2012
Heavy Traffic Conditions Possible on May 27th
On May 27th, 2012, Sausalito residents may see heavier than normal traffic conditions due to the 75th Anniversary of Golden Gate Bridge.
The Golden Gate Bridge traffic is slated to be closed during the fireworks display which will begin around 9:30 p.m. During this period, traffic may quickly back up on Bridgeway and other connecting streets. Residents wanting to return home, or leave during this period, may be subject to extended delays.
Please refer to http://www.goldengatebridge75.org/ and the Marin IJ for additional information.
May 17th, 2012
Sausalito Police Department Announces New Neighborhood Policing Program
There is a new sight in the evening and early morning hours in Sausalito; a blue Ford Escape driven by two members of the Volunteers in Public Safety (VIPS).
In response to an increase in residential burglaries, the Sausalito Police Department, in partnership with the VIPS, has implemented an innovative program to augment existing efforts to address this increase. After attending a training program, the VIPS are providing a visible presence in residential areas and reporting any observed suspicious people or circumstances. Since the inception of the program in April, the VIPS have found open doors and windows and have reported several suspicious people to the police.
Chief Jennifer Tejada cites this cooperative venture as a prime example of the department’s Community Oriented Policing philosophy. This program will enhance the department’s ability to proactively patrol our residential neighborhoods while at the same time keeping overall operating costs down.
Established in 2003, the VIPS are a group of 25 volunteers who assist both the police and fire departments with a variety of tasks. During the last nine years, the VIPS have assisted the departments in a variety of ways including traffic and crowd control during parades, special events, and emergency situations, weekly vacation house checks, transporting police department documents to the Marin County Superior Court, and assisting in searches for missing persons. Anyone interested in becoming a member of the VIPS may email Sergeant Stacie Gregory at firstname.lastname@example.org .
May 16th, 2012
SAUSALITO POLICE DEAPRTMENT WINS AWARD
The Sausalito Police Department is proud to announce that it received third place award in the California Law Enforcement Challenge (CLEC). California Highway Patrol Captain Amy Mangan presented the Department with a plaque at the Sausalito City Council meeting on May 15th.
The California Law Enforcement Challenge is a competition between similar sizes and types of law enforcement agencies. It recognizes and rewards the best overall traffic safety programs in California. The areas of focus include efforts to enforce laws and educate the public about occupant protection, impaired driving, and speeding. The winning safety programs are those that combine officer training, public information and enforcement to reduce crashes and injuries within its jurisdiction.
Chief Jennifer Tejada thanked Captain Mangan for her leadership of CHP in Marin County especially in the partnership between the two agencies. Chief Tejada credited her staff’s tireless efforts in addressing traffic concerns as the reason the department received the award. She also noted all of the outreach and enforcement was made possible by a $65,000 grant the department received from the Office of Traffic Safety.
Chief Tejada said, although the department did not receive the same grant this year, and current funding does not permit the same level of staff time, staff will continue in the effort to make Sausalito streets a safe place for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians alike by seeking innovative ways to achieve similar results without added costs.
May 15th, 2012
Sausalito Man Arrested Following a Minor Collision
On May 15th, 2012, at 7:09 a.m., the Sausalito Police received a report of a vehicle that had driven off the roadway near the intersection of Cazneau and Platt. The driver was seen slumped over the steering wheel.
Upon arrival, police contacted the driver, Joseph Huwyler, age 75, of Sausalito, behind the wheel of an idling sports utility vehicle. The front of the SUV had struck the hillside causing minor damage to the vehicle.
Police noticed that Huwyler displayed several symptoms of intoxication. Huwyler became uncooperative and refused to exit the vehicle. Police needed to forcibly remove Huwyler’s hands off the steering wheel and take him out of the vehicle. Huwyler continued to resist police while being taken into custody.
Police transported Huwyler to the Marin General Hospital where he was admitted as a patient due to an unrelated medical condition.
Huwyler was issued a citation to appear for suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI).
This is Huwyler’s second arrest in less than one month. On April 18th, 2012, at 12:09 p.m., Huwyler was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence following a traffic collision on Woodward Avenue.
May 8th, 2012
Intoxicated Man Resists Officers
On Monday, May 7, 2012, at approximately 7:40 PM, the Sausalito Police Department responded to the 700 block of Bridgeway on a report of an intoxicated subject threatening the employees of a local restaurant. Sergeant Bill Fraass and Officer Nick White arrived on scene approximately one minute later and contact Brian CAPEHART, a 42 year old male San Francisco resident, as he was attempting to leave the area. CAPEHART, who was intoxicated, was very belligerent and aggressive with officers throughout the entire incident. When CAPEHART attempted to leave the scene, officers attempted to physically restraint him. A struggle ensured which resulted in the officers and CAPEHART falling to the ground.
After being Handcuffed, CAPEHART continued to be combative with officers. Due to his combative behavior, two deputies from the Marin County Sheriff’s Office responded to assist Sausalito Officers with placing CAPEHARD into a full body restraint system.
An officer and CAPEHART suffered superficially injuries to their knees and arms.
CAPEHART was charged with making public intoxication and resisting arrest. CAPEHART was booked into the Marin County Jail where he was later released on $2,000 bail.
May 7th, 2012
Person Arrested for Criminal Threats after Barricading Himself inside a Boat
On Sunday, May 6, 2012, at approximately 7:08 PM, the Sausalito Police Department responded to the Sausalito Marine marina at 225 Locust Street on a report of a person on the docks who was acting belligerently and making threats. The person claimed to have a knife and told people that he “was a killer.” Officers arrived on scene approximately two minutes later and learned that John Bastarache, a 44 year old male Sausalito resident, was heavily intoxicated and had threatened numerous people on the docks. Witnesses stated that after making the threats, Bastarache had entered a boat located on the marina’s southern dock. When officers attempted to make contact with Bastarache, he refused to speak to them or comply with their orders.
Sergeant Bill Fraass and Officer Nick White entered the boat and found Bastarache hiding in the bathroom. Bastarache refused to comply with officers’ orders and struggled with officers before being taken into custody. No weapons were located upon Bastarache’s person.
Bastarache was charged with making criminal threats, resisting/obstructing officers, public intoxication and for violating the conditions of his probation. Bastarache is currently on probation in Marin County for resisting/obstructing police officers. Bastarache’s probation stems from an earlier January 2012 arrest in Sausalito in which Bastarache, while intoxicated, resisted members of the Sausalito Police Department and United States Coast Guard by barricading himself in an unsafe vessel that had run aground.
Bastarache is in the custody of the Marin County Jail. Bastarache’s bail was set at $50,000.
May 3rd, 2012
Stanford Way Prowler Arrested
On Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 7:48 AM, a Stanford Way resident witnessed a suspicious person, later identified as Joshua Leahy, age 30, of San Jose, walking on his neighbor’s property. The resident saw Leahy take an item off the neighbor’s porch then leave the area. The witness was able to provide police with a detailed description of Leahy and a direction of travel. Officer Ryan McMahon was able to locate Leahy near 100 Ebbtide within two minutes of receiving the call. During a search, Officer McMahon located a collapsible camping tent that was stolen from 151 Stanford Way. Leahy was then arrested for prowling and being in possession of stolen property.
Leahy was booked into the Marin County Jail with a bail amount of $10,000.
Leahy had prior arrests for theft and being in possession of a stolen vehicle. Leahy is not believed to be involved in the recent burglaries in the area of Woodward Avenue.
This case is a prime example on how an observant citizen can assist police in apprehending crimes. Without this resident calling the police, the suspect may have victimized additional residents.
The Sausalito Police Department encourages citizens to report any suspicious activity they may see in their neighborhood. To report suspicious activity, please dial 9-1-1 from your cellular or home telephone. Those not comfortable using 9-1-1 can call the business line at 415-289-4170.
Early Morning Stop Leads to Two Warrant Arrests
On April 29th, 2012, at 4:57 a.m., Sergeant Bill Fraass observed a sedan in the 1800 block of Bridgeway that was unable to maintain its lane. Upon making a traffic stop on the vehicle, Sergeant Fraass discovered that the driver, Deandre Wash, age 25, of Oakland, had an outstanding $50,000 traffic warrant issued out of San Bernardino County.
The passenger, Shayla Meandors, age 25, of Hayward, had two arrest warrants issued out of Orange County. The two warrants, one for prostitution and the other for a traffic offense, amounted to $25,000.
The two were taken into custody without incident and transported to the Marin County Jail.
Both had extensive criminal records that included burglary, narcotics and kidnapping. The driver stated that he was lost and ended up in Sausalito by accident.
April 27, 2012
Bike Thief Arrested in Sausalito
On March 13, 2012, a person reported to the Sausalito Police Department that he had purchased a stolen bicycle in Sausalito. The person said he answered a Craigslist ad regarding a Cervelo R5 bicycle and met the seller in Sausalito on March 3rd. The bicycle was purchased for $2,300.
The buyer later became suspicious of the transaction, and by viewing a posting on Facebook, discovered that he had purchased a bicycle that was stolen from Fastrack Bicycles in Santa Barbara. The buyer returned the bicycle to the store.
On April 24, 2012, a person matching the seller’s description was arrested in Fairfax for burglary. This suspect also matched the description of a person wanted by the Twin Cities Police Authority for a burglary and forgery. The person was identified as Jason Fashimpaur, age 41, of Sausalito. Fashimpaur was booked into the Marin County Jail on charges of burglary and possession of a false identification card.
Fashimpaur later posted bail and was released from custody on April 26th.
Through an extensive investigation, Sausalito Detective Brian Mather was able to positively identify Fashimpaur as the person who sold the stolen bicycle in Sausalito. The retail value of the Cervelo R5 is $6,700
On April 27, 2012, Detective Mather arrested Fashimpaur at his residence for possession of stolen property and possession of suspected methamphetamine.
Fashimpaur was transported to the Marin County Jail. He is being held on $10,000 bail.
Police are attempting to link Fashimpaur to similar crimes that have occurred in San Francisco, Berkley, Santa Clara, Palo Alto, and Santa Barbara.
April 27th, 2012
Sausalito Marine Unit Rescues Boater
On Thursday, 4-26-2012, at about 8:28 pm, the Sausalito Police Department received a 9-1-1 call for a skiff adrift in Richardson’s Bay. The skiff’s operator, Michael Lee, stated that he had run out of fuel just off of Schoonmaker Marina. Due to strong winds and an outgoing tide, the boater was quickly drifting east towards Tiburon.
Corporal Jason McConnehey and Officer Don Bartol launched one of the department’s patrol boats, Marine 2, and began a search for the skiff within 10 minutes. Officers from the Tiburon and Belvedere Police Departments scanned the water for the unlighted skiff as the boater updated police dispatch with his approximate location.
Police located the skiff in less than 30 minutes, got the owner onboard and side-towed the skiff back to Sausalito. The skiff was approximately 20 to 30 yards away from crashing into the rocks off the southern tip of Belvedere at the time of the rescue.
April 24th, 2012
Pearl Street Prowler Update
On Monday, April 23, 2012, at approximately 7:47 AM, a resident in the 600 block of Easterby Street informed the Sausalito Police Department that they had located a male subject prowling on their property at approximately 3:00 AM that morning. The description the resident provided matched the description of the prowler that had been interrupted entering a house in the 100 block of Pearl Street the evening before.
At approximately 9:04 AM, a resident in the 600 block of Spring Street reported that a wallet had been taken from his front porch something during the evening of April 22nd.
At approximately 3:32 PM, officers from the Twin Cities Police Authority responded to a report of a suspicious person in the Corte Madera Town Center. Upon arrival, Twin Cities Police Officers contacted Christopher Kimble, a 32 year old male resident of Marin City and Vallejo. Kimble, who is on probation out of Sonoma County for possession of stolen property, matched the description of the prowler from Pearl Street and Easterby Street. Kimble was found to be in possession of the wallet taken from Spring Street. Upon discovery of the wallet, the Twin Cities Police Officers arrested Kimble for possession of stolen property.
Kimble is in the custody of the Marin County Jail with a bail set at $10,000. Kimble is currently a person of interest in both prowling cases in Sausalito and these investigations are continuing.
At this time, these prowling cases do not appear to be associated with the burglaries that occurred in Sausalito on Woodward Ave and Laurel Lane on April 13th.
The Sausalito Police are asking residents to keep all their doors and accessible windows locked. Residents are encouraged to immediately report any criminal activity or suspicious people to the police department. Call 9-1-1 from your house phone or from your cellular telephone. Residents who are not sure that an incident is serious enough to warrant using 9-1-1 can call the business line at 415-289-4170.
Residents who believe that someone is in their home should lock themselves in a room and immediately call the police. Residents with children should gather up their family members and stay in the same location until police arrive.
April 24th, 2012
Prowler on Pearl Street
On Sunday, April 22, 2012, at approximately 10:11PM, the Sausalito Police Department responded to a report of a person attempting to enter an occupied house in the 100 block of Pearl Street. Sausalito Police Officers were on scene within a minute of being notified of the call and learned that a prowler had attempted to enter a residence through an unlocked back door. The resident stated that she had confronted the prowler after he had opened the back door and was standing in the doorway of her residence. When the owner asked the prowler why he was there, the prowler stated that he was looking for a friend and that the owner should lock their doors. The prowler then fled the area on foot after the confrontation with the resident.
The prowler was described as:
• Black Male
• 30-35 Years of age
• 5’10” to 6’ in Height
• 180 Pounds
• Short Dark Hair
Members of the Sausalito Police Department, Mill Valley Police Department, Marin County Sheriff’s Office, Tiburon Police Department, and the Novato Police Department conducted a comprehensive search of the area for the prowler using a police dog but were unable to locate him. The Sausalito Police Department is conducting further investigation into this incident.
The Sausalito Police Department is asking anyone who may have any knowledge of this crime or any other suspicious activity during the above listed time to call 415-289-4170. The Sausalito Police Department has increased patrols in this area as well as in other residential streets in Sausalito.
These types of incidents are rare in Sausalito. However, the police are asking residents to keep their doors and accessible windows locked. Criminals that enter occupied homes can pose a significant threat to the safety of the residents should a confrontation occur. Residents who believe that someone is in their home should lock themselves in a room and immediately call the police. Residents with children should gather up their family members and stay in the same location until police arrive.
April 18th, 2012
Return Thief Arrested at West Marine Products
On Tuesday, 4-17-2012, at about 8:46 am, an employee from West Marine Products (295 Harbor Drive) saw a customer who matched the description of a man who had stolen property from the business on 4-12-2012. Officers arrived on the scene and contacted the person, later identified as James Bartunek, 52, of Mill Valley, leaving the business. A search of Bartunek’s person found approximately $295.00 in property that he had just stolen from the business.
During the investigation, police were able to positively link Bartunek to the 4-12-2012 West Marine theft in which approximately $130.00 in property was stolen.
Police determined that Bartunek entered the business with the intent to steal property making this crime a burglary.
Bartunek was transported to the Marin County Jail. Bail was pre-set at $15,000
April 18th, 2012
Woodward Burglar Update
Sausalito Police Department Safety Advisory: Recent Nighttime Burglaries.
On Friday April 13, 2012 at about 6:48 a.m., a Woodward Avenue resident observed a white male adult on her deck. The resident described the person as an unkempt white male adult, 20 years old, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, cut off pants and combat boots. After a brief conversation with the resident, the person quickly left the area. Officers did an extensive search of the Woodward Avenue neighborhood but were unable to locate him.
Since this original call, the suspect(s) in this case has been linked to four residential burglaries and one case of prowling in the area of Woodward Avenue and Laurel Lane. What makes these cases unusual is the fact that in four of the five cases, the residents were at home during the commission of the crimes. The time frame for the crimes was sometime between midnight and 6:50 a.m.
Police believe that the suspect(s) walked along the wooded hillside above Woodward Avenue looking for open doors and crimes of opportunity. The suspect was able to make entry into two residences and a garage through unlocked doors. In the fourth case, the suspect forced entry into an unoccupied residence. The loss in these four cases is estimated at $65,000.
Even though burglaries of occupied residences are rare in Sausalito, the police are asking residents to keep doors and accessible windows locked. Burglaries of occupied homes pose a significant threat to the safety of the residents should a confrontation occur. Residents who believe that someone is in their home should lock themselves in a room and immediately call the police. Residents with children should gather up their family members and stay in the same location until police arrive.
The police department encourages residents to immediately report suspicious activity. Call 9-1-1 from your house phone or from your cellular telephone. Residents who are not sure that an incident is serious enough to warrant using 9-1-1 can call the business line at 415-289-4170. The police department asks anyone who has information regarding the suspect(s) in the above cases to call the Sausalito Police Department at 415-289-4170.
Remember: See something, say something!
Press Release contact: Lieutenant Kurtis Skoog or the on-duty Sergeant at 415-289-4170
April 13th, 2012
Woodward Resident Scares Off Burglar
On Friday, 4-13-2012, at about 6:48 am, a Woodward Avenue resident observed a white male adult on her rear deck. The subject told the resident that he was looking for a friend’s house, and then quickly left the area.
Officers arrived on the scene and began an extensive search for the subject. Seven officers searched the area for approximately 90 minutes but were unable to locate him.
Upon investigation, officers discovered that the suspect had attempted to gain entry into at least three separate Woodward Avenue residences. The targeted residents were located on the west side of Woodward Avenue, between Easterby and Cazneau Avenue.
At 11:28 am, officers responded to a residential burglary in the area. The resident discovered that an unknown suspect had entered their residence and stole approximately $6,000 in miscellaneous property. This crime appeared to be related to the earlier call, but went undiscovered by the resident until later in the morning.
The suspect is described as an un-kept white male adult, 20 years old, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, cut off pants and combat boots.
Anyone who may have seen a subject matching this description is asked to call the Sausalito Police Department at 415-289-4170.
March 18th, 2012
Want to learn more about Sausalito's Police Department? Now's your chance!
On Saturday April 7th the Sausalito Police Department will continue its community outreach with “Chat with the Chief.”
Come and meet Chief Tejada as well as other department members in a casual and informal setting.
“Chat with the Chief" is an opportunity for a one-on-one conversation between department staff and community members to promote a stronger relationship between the Police Department and those it serves. It is intended to create a more relaxed atmosphere to casually discuss any areas of concerns or suggestions for improvements that would aid the department in its mission to become the best that it can be.
April’s “Chat with the Chief” will be held on Saturday April 7, 2012, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Sausalito Bakery and Café located at 571 Bridgeway.
Come join the Chief and enjoy a chat over a cup of coffee!
January 25th, 2012
Police Department Honors Employees for Exceptional work
On Tuesday, January 17th, 2012, the Sausalito Police Department honored two employees for their exceptional service to the City of Sausalito. Employees were nominated by co-workers and supervisors.
Francisco Padilla, CAPTAIN MARK THOMAS AWARD
Officer Francisco Padilla was selected for the Police Department’s 2011 “Mark Thomas Award.” This award is given to an employee with a consistent positive attitude, exceptional work ethic, a dedication toward helping others succeed, and for providing exceptional customer service.
Francisco started working for the Sausalito Police Department in May of 2009. Since then, Francisco has displayed an excellent work ethic, positive attitude, and ability to provide excellent community service. He is currently a patrol boat operator, the department traffic officer and he assisted with the Office of Traffic Safety grant. In nominating Francisco for this award, his co-workers and supervisors commented on his “dedication to helping others succeed”, being a mentor for others, and for displaying a “professional demeanor and dedication to the department.”
Brian Mather, EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR
Detective Brian Mather was selected as the Police Department’s 2011 “Employee of the Year.” This award is given to an employee whose performance is a role model for others to follow and significantly contributes to the Department’s policing mission throughout the year.
Brian started working for the Sausalito Police Department in February 2008. Brian became a detective in June of 2010 after displaying the aptitude to handle complex criminal investigations. In his role as detective, Brian has instituted new procedures for the storage of property and evidence. Brian is one of the department’s patrol boat operators and he has conducted joint operations with both the U.S. Coast Guard and the Marin County Sheriff’s boat unit. Brian also helped form the Central/Southern Marin Property Crimes Detectives Group. This organization helps Marin County agencies share information in order to identify crime trends and possible suspects.
In nominating Brian for this award, his co-workers and supervisors commented on Brian’s successful investigation of vehicle thefts, several burglaries and of a sexual assault case. Brian was praised for being a “smart upstanding person who wants to make things better for everyone here and who is willing to figure out a way of doing that.”
January 25th, 2012
Two Bicycles Stolen From Back Of Vehicle
For immediate release:
01-25-2012 /1000 hours
Police are seeking witnesses to the theft of two bicycles valued at $3,500 in the Bar Bocce parking lot (1250 Bridgeway). The theft occurred sometime on Tuesday, January 24, 2012, between the hours of 6 pm and 7:45 pm. The bicycles were attached to an automotive bicycle rack mounted to a silver Mercedes Benz SUV.
The stolen bicycles were described as:
White and gray colored 14 speed Bianchi road bike
Black and blue colored 14 speed Giant road bike
Anyone who witnessed this crime is asked to call Detective Brian Mather at 415-289-4118.
Crime Prevention Tip
Unattended bicycles present an easy target for thieves. Unsecured bicycles are often stolen from open garages, carports, and bike racks. To help lessen your chances of having your bicycle stolen, we recommend using a high quality locking system to secure your bicycle to a fixed object. It takes a matter of seconds for a thief to cut an inexpensive lock and cable and ride off on your bicycle. Please protect your investment. The few extra dollars you spend for a quality lock can save you thousands.
January 25th, 2012
Theft From Vehicle Suspect Arrested
For immediate release:
01-24-2012 /1135 hours
On Sunday, 1-22-12, at about 8:41am, a passerby reported seeing a homeless encampment near the water tower located in the 400 block of Sausalito Boulevard. Upon arrival, Officer Francisco Padilla contacted Sheldon Thompson, a 30 year old male out of San Francisco.
Upon a records check, officers discovered that Thompson was wanted out of San Mateo County for a ‘No Bail’ felony Possession of Stolen Property arrest warrant. A search of Thompson’s backpack located several GPS units and a portable DVD/CD player. By checking addresses stored in the GPS units, officers were able to determine that the recovered property, including the backpack he was wearing, had been stolen out of several unlocked Sausalito vehicles. Victims were later located on Edwards Avenue, South Street and on Sausalito Boulevard.
Thompson was booked into the Marin County Jail on the felony warrant and for possession of stolen property.
Police recovered four GPS units. The owners of two of these units have been contacted. Police are waiting to hear back from the remaining two victims. To date, no one has reported a DVD player as being stolen. Anyone missing a DVD player during the time period is asked to contact Detective Brian Mather at 415-289-4118
The Sausalito Police Department asks residents to remember to lock their vehicles when they are not in use. Items of value need to be stored out of sight or (preferably) inside the residence.
To increase public awareness about thefts from unlocked vehicles, Sausalito Police Department patrol teams make random nighttime foot patrols throughout residential areas to check for unlocked vehicles. When officers find an unlocked car, they will leave a courtesy note inside the vehicle and, if possible, try to secure the vehicle’s door. Officers have located items of value (such as cameras and laptops) inside unlocked vehicles while making these checks.
The Sausalito Police Department wants to work in partnership with the community to reduce crimes of opportunity and to reduce your chances of becoming a victim of theft.
January 20th, 2012
Police Investigate Liquor Store Robbery
Sausalito Police are asking for the public's help in identifying the suspect in an armed robbery.
On Sunday, January 15th, at 11:09 pm, SPD received a report of a panic alarm at Pal's Liquor, 3001 Bridgeway Road. Officers arrived within one minute and discovered that an armed robbery had just occurred and that the lone suspect fled on foot. The store clerk described the suspect as male, 5'6", with a skinny build. He came into the store wearing a silver and black full face motorcycle helmet with the visor down. The suspect pulled out a handgun and the clerk opened the cash drawer. The suspect grabbed an undisclosed amount of money and ran out.
Officers immediately established a perimeter around the area and requested mutual aid assistance to search for the gunman. Fourteen officers from the Marin County Sheriff's Office, Mill Valley, and Twin Cities police departments as well as a Novato Police K9 team combed the area for the two hours but did not locate the suspect.
This is the third crime of concern in the Sausalito and Marin City area during the past 10 days. On January 6, Sheriff's deputies arrested a 15 year old for a day time residential burglary on Buckelew Street. The suspect was armed with a handgun. The next day, another 15 year old was arrested by Sheriff's deputies for the strong arm robbery of a woman at the bus stop on Donahue Street. The Sausalito Police Department reminds every one - residents and business owners alike - to be mindful of your surroundings, keep home doors and windows secured, and don't hesitate to report suspicious persons or vehicles to police.
Anyone with information about the liquor store robbery is asked to call SPD Detective Brian Mather at 289-4170.
October 11th, 2011
INITIAL RELEASE OF 2000 SAUSALITO RESIDENT PARKING ‘SMARTCARDS’ BEING ISSUED THIS THURSDAY, FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
Starting this Thursday, October 13th, 2011, Sausalito Resident Parking ‘SmartCards’ will be available for pick up in Municipal Parking Lot #3 on the corner of Humboldt Ave. and Bay St. (behind the Ice House visitor’s center).
Priority will be given to Sausalito Residents currently enrolled in the program or that have an application on file. We strongly urge residents to take advantage of the below dates and times to avoid long lines. During this initial release, Resident Parking SmartCards will not be issued at the Sausalito Police Department.
• Last Names Beginning With A-H - Thursday, 10-13-2011: 3pm to 5pm
• Last Names Beginning With I-N - Friday, 10-14-2011: 3pm to 5pm
• Last Names Beginning With O-Z - Saturday, 10-15-2011: 1pm to 5pm
**Open registration is available each day from 5pm – 6pm and all day Saturday**
Location may change based on inclement weather conditions. Please check City website for location updates - www.ci.sausalito.ca.us/Index.aspx?page=413.
Staff will be on hand to demonstrate how to use their new parking SmartCards and to answer any questions about the Residential Parking Program.
If you are unable to attend the above listed dates and times: Beginning Wednesday 10-19-2011 you may receive your parking SmartCard at the Municipal Parking Lot #1 during the hours of 9am-8pm.
New Applicants: Approximately 200 additional Resident SmartCards will be available. Applications for these parking cards may be accepted at the Municipal Parking Lot 1 booth starting Wednesday, 10-24-2011.
All Residents will need to bring the following information to receive card:
Proof of Sausalito residency. (utility bill, lease agreement, etc.)
Registration(s) of any vehicle you plan to park in the Municipal Lots
Your old resident hangtag. (if still in possession)
Completed application (if not on file)
During this initial release, Resident Parking SmartCards will not be issued at the Sausalito Police Department.
Any questions, contact Elliott Holt at 415-289-4116 or email at email@example.com
October 7th, 2011
SAUSALITO RESIDENT PARKING ‘SMARTCARDS’ BEING TESTED
Issue dates will be posted on the City’s Website.
Above, sample of card
Sausalito Resident Parking ‘SmartCards’ have arrived and are currently being tested. A group of residents have been testing the new cards for over a week without problems. Parking Services will be issuing the Resident Parking SmartCards as early as next week.
Parking Services will announce three specific dates for Sausalito residents to receive their Parking SmartCards. On these dates, additional staff will be on hand to answer questions and to provide simple training if needed. Weather permitting the SmartCards will be issued in one of the municipal parking lots downtown.
SmartCard issue dates will be posted on the city and police websites by Monday, October 10th.
During this initial release, Resident Parking SmartCards will not be issued at the Sausalito Police Department.
October 4th, 2011
Sausalito Police Investigate Robbery at Dry Cleaning Service.
On October 4th, 2011, at 3:46pm, the Sausalito Police Department responded to the 2600 block of Bridgeway on the report of an armed robbery. Employees of the Sunshine Cleaners reported that a male entered the business and brandished what they believed was a black semi-automatic pistol. The suspect took an unknown amount of money from the cash register and fled on foot towards Cypress Place.
Officers from the Sausalito Police Department, Marin County Sheriff’s Office, Mill Valley Police Department and the Belvedere Police Department arrived in the area to search for the suspect. Police temporarily detained two subjects in front of 3000 Bridgeway who were seen in the area prior to the robbery. The subjects were released after it was determined that they were not involved. The search for the suspect was called off at 6:00pm.
The suspect was described as a black male, approximately 5’ 7” tall, unknown age, wearing dark clothes and a dark colored hooded sweat shirt. The amount of loss is not being released pending further investigation.
The Sausalito Police Department is asking anyone who may have seen anyone matching the suspect’s description to call the police department at 415-289-4170.
September 1st, 2011
City Officials Work with Residents to Increase Driver Awareness
The Sausalito Police Department, in partnership with the Department of Public Works, is pleased to announce the implementation of the Street Smarts Marin program.
Street Smarts Marin is a program funded by the Transportation Authority of Marin designed to increase driver awareness of potentially dangerous driving habits. Street Smarts Marin provides city governments with free informational banners and lawn signs that will be displayed for about 8 weeks, twice a year.
During the first phase of the program in August, the Sausalito Police Department distributed driver safety banners to the local schools and informational signs to residents for outdoor display.
During the second phase of the program in September, banners will be installed on the Bridgeway light poles with varying messages that target unsafe driving habits by both motorists and bicyclists. These banners will be installed after the Art Festival signage is removed.
Several informational lawn signs have already been placed on both Spencer Avenue and Sausalito Boulevard. The posting of these signs is in response to resident concerns about speeding vehicles in these areas.
Residents who are interested in this program are encouraged to view the signage on these streets and, if interested in being a part of the program, are encouraged to contact Corporal Matt Shoup at firstname.lastname@example.org. Unfortunately, there are a limited amount of signs available with a limit of 3 to 4 signs per street. Each request will need to be evaluated by staff.
City Staff and Street Smarts Marin would like to thank the Sausalito City Council for their support of this program. This is yet another example of how the City working in partnership with its residents, can make Sausalito a safe and enjoyable place to live.
August 25th, 2011
As of August 19th, 2011, the Sausalito Police Department has received three reports of thefts from locked vehicles. In all three cases the stolen property was left in plain view. In two of these cases, the suspect smashed out a side window to gain entry into the vehicle. In the other case, the vehicle had a missing side window due to a previous break-in that occurred in another jurisdiction. The suspect was able to reach through this opening to unlock the vehicle.
The locations of the thefts were:
8-19-2011 800 Block Bridgeway. Occurring sometime during the day.
8-22/23-2011 200 Block Glen Drive. Occurring sometime overnight.
8-22/23-2011 Wray Avenue. Occurring sometime overnight.
The Sausalito Police Department is asking anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity during the above listed timeframes to call 415-289-4170. The Police Department has increased patrols in these areas and other residential streets in Sausalito.
Always take items of value or items that the suspect may believe contain items of value (suitcases, bags etc.) out of your vehicle when you leave it unattended. If you see a suspicious vehicle or person, please report it immediately to the police. Your neighbors will thank you for it.
August 23rd, 2011
City of Sausalito Welcomes Students Back to School
On Wednesday morning, members of the Sausalito Police Department and the Public Works Department were on hand to welcome students back to school at the Bayside Elementary School and the Willow Creek Academy. Crews from both departments directed traffic as parents dropped off their children for the first day of school. Members of the Sausalito Marin City School District Board, the Willow Creek Academy Board of Directors, and workers from each school joined the city employees in the effort to make sure every student arrived safely. Of particular concern was providing a safe place for the parents of kindergarten and first grade students to park their cars and walk their children to their new classrooms. The police officers, parking enforcement officers and Public Works Department employees returned to campus on Thursday morning and again on Friday morning to finish the new school week hoping to establish safe driving habits by parents.
This is second year in a row that the Sausalito Police Department and the Public Works Department has joined forces with officials from both schools to welcome students back to school and to help the parents adjust to the roadway improvements both on campus and the city streets.
October 26th, 2010
Bike and Pedestrian Safety is Focus of New
Sausalito Police Department Program
Starting this month, greater traffic enforcement and safer streets are coming to Sausalito thanks to a recent $65,000 traffic safety grant awarded by the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS). The OTS grant allows officers to continue their commitment to keeping Sausalito roadways safe.
The OTS Bike & Pedestrian Education and Safety Program grant is designed to assist police department officers in bicycle and pedestrian safety through education and increased traffic enforcement efforts. The primary goal of the grant is to reduce traffic safety problems surrounding bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorists on Sausalito streets.
The grant will provide funding for replacing traffic radars, educational presentations, community outreach, and special directed enforcement activities by department officers. During the course of the next twelve months, officers will be assigned to patrol those areas where there have been the greatest traffic issues with cyclists, pedestrians, and motorists coming together, such as the Sausalito Downtown area. The special enforcement activity will help to improve traffic flow and reduce traffic collision injuries. Sausalito officers will also be making school presentations in conjunction with giving away free bicycle helmets to children.
“This grant will make Sausalito just that much safer of a place to live and work,” said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the California office of Traffic Safety. Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
October 16th, 2010
Two hundred (200) people attended the City of Sausalito’s Disaster Preparedness Awareness Day on Saturday, October 16, 2010. This event, which ran from 12 noon to 4:00 PM, was held at the U.S. Army’s Corps of Engineers Bay Model at 2100 Bridgeway.
The goal of the Disaster Preparedness Awareness Day was to educate the public regarding the importance of preparing themselves and their communities to handle disasters and emergencies that they may encounter. During this event the public had the opportunity to view emergency vehicles and vessels, watch California Highway Patrol and Reach Medical helicopters land in and take off from Marinship Park, speak to public safety officials, and learn what the City of Sausalito has done and is doing in the realm of disaster preparedness and emergency management.
Visit Disaster Preparedness Awareness Day 2010 for further information.
October 15th, 2010
Stolen Vehicles, Update
For immediate release:
10-15-2010. 1100 hours
Kurtis Skoog, Lieutenant
Press Release Officer
On Friday, 10-15-2010, a resident from Spencer Court reported that his BMW was stolen out of his driveway. This is the third stolen vehicle in our community in the past four days. In all three cases, we believe that the suspect(s) were able to steal the vehicles simply by entering an unlocked car and finding a set of spare car keys inside.
Following the first two thefts, Officers made several directed patrols in residential areas during the night and this morning. As a result, an officer located an occupied stolen vehicle and subsequently arrested two people. Investigators were unable to establish a link between the suspects in the recovered stolen vehicle and the string of vehicle thefts we have been experiencing.
To reduce your chances of being a victim, the Sausalito Police Department is asking all residents to make sure their vehicles are locked when not in use, and that spare car keys be removed from your vehicle(s).
The Sausalito Police Department has made the apprehension of the car thieves a priority. Additional personnel are scheduled for extra patrol. Residents need to be aware of their neighborhood and help the Sausalito Police Department solve these crimes by reporting any suspicious activity.
October 15th, 2010
Recovered Stolen Vehicle
For immediate release:
10-15-2010. 0700 hours
Kurtis Skoog, Lieutenant
Press Release Officer
On Friday, 10-15-2010, at approximately 3:27 a.m., Officer Don Bartol was on a routine foot patrol in Sausalito Parking Lot #3 when he came upon a suspicious vehicle occupied by two individuals. Officer Bartol immediately smelled the strong odor of marijuana coming from