A Bobcat, Found Shotgun Shell and Noisy Wedding

The San Anselmo Police log for Sept. 20-24 includes one woman who was arrested on charges of shoplifting.


Monday, Sept. 24 

People in the park: 1 a.m. Veterans Place. While on foot in the area, officers contacted two subjects. They were abated from the park and warned regarding the park hours.

Injured deer: 4:43 a.m. Sir Francis Drake Blvd. and Bolinas Ave. RP [reporting person] reported an injured deer was blocking the roadway and couldn't get up. Officer responded and located the animal. Humane responded and the deer, which was deceased, was removed.

Suspicious circumstances: 11:14 a.m. Barber Avenue. RP reported he saw a male subject in a police uniform driving an unmarked vehicle. Officers checked the area and the vehicle was not located.

Suspicious circumstances: 5:40 p.m. Melville Avenue. RP reported his neighbor approached his daughter and her friend telling them to relay a message to the RP. The neighbor believed the RP took property from his house. Officers responded and contacted both parties. No merit was found to any theft.  Parties were given advice.

Neighbor spitting: 9:24 p.m. Red Hill Avenue. RP reported her upstairs neighbor spit on her as she was walking to her door. Officers responded and contacted both parties.  No merit was found to any spitting. Both were counseled. 


Sunday, Sept. 23

Open door: 12:09 a.m. Sir Francis Drake Blvd. While on patrol in the area, Officer located an open door on the noted vehicle. It was determined to be an oversight and the door was re-secured.

Disturbing the peace: 3:51 a.m. San Francisco Blvd. RP reported a male subject was alone, yelling in the street. Officers contacted the subject who was uncooperative. The subject was placed in handcuffs and later released to his mother. An informational case was taken. 

Extra traffic control: 4:26 a.m. Butterfield Road and Meadowcroft Avenue. Officer provided extra traffic enforcement in the area. No violations were noted. 

Mother-daughter fight: 10:39 p.m. Sycamore Avenue. RP reported a disturbance between a mother and a daughter. Officers contacted both parties. Matter was abated and an informational report was taken. A small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia was taken for destruction.

Drinking in public: 5:06 p.m. Center Blvd. RP reported he moved along two subjects who were drinking in the parking lot. They then went across the street and continued to drink in public. Officers contacted both subjects and two bottles of alcohol were confiscated, a violation of their probation.

Shoplifting: 6:13 p.m. Center Blvd. RP reported a female subject attempted to take alcohol from the store. Officers responded and contacted a 64-year-old unemployed woman, who was arrested for shoplifting and for violating her probation. She was booked into Marin County Jail. A report was taken.


Saturday, Sept. 22 

Juvenile problem: 1:20 a.m. Sir Francis Drake Blvd. and Bella Vista Ave. Officer contacted two juveniles and determined they were supposed to be at a sleepover.  They were returned to a responsible adult.

Dead cat: 8:53 a.m. Barber Avenue. RP reported they found a deceased cat on their front lawn that appeared to have been attacked and killed by another animal.  Humane and the beat officer were advised.

Grand theft: 9:35 a.m. Avenue Del Norte. RP reported a theft from a house. Officer responded and took a report.

Petty theft: 1:08 p.m. Lansdale Avenue. RP reported someone stole her prescription non-narcotic medication off her front door. Officers responded and contacted the victim.

Wedding: 2:29 p.m. Crescent Road. An anonymous RP reported a group was using amplified music in the park. Officer responded and reported a wedding being held in the area and no amplified music was heard.

Panhandling: 3:55 p.m. San Anselmo Avenue. RP reported a subject was panhandling in front of a business. Officer responded and contacted the subject who was moved along.

Subject in the park: 6:41 p.m. Veterans Place. Anonymous RP reported a male subject was in the park area smoking marijuana and was speaking to children. RP noted he wasn't being threatening but did find him asking a female juvenile to come with him. She wasn't sure if they were related. Officer checked the area with negative results.

Noise complaint: 7:43 p.m. Crescent Road. Anonymous RP reported there might have been a wedding at the location and the patrons were being loud and out of control.  RP stated patrons were "spilling" into the park area and being loud. RP didn't think they were abiding by park rules. Officers responded and contacted a wedding party. They were advised of the complaint.  Officer advised no subjects were inside the park.


Friday, Sept. 21 

Found shotgun shell: 4:20 p.m. Sierra Avenue. A resident reported her 12-year-old son found a shotgun shell in the backyard of the residence and requested it be picked up. Officer responded and the shell was taken for destruction.

Bobcat: 7:28 p.m. Holstein Road. A resident reported that on Sept. 20 at approximately 4 p.m., he saw a bobcat in his backyard on his fence.  RP advised the animal saw him and left. Officers were advised for extra patrol.

Assist fire department: 10:04 p.m. Floribel Avenue. Resident reported the smell of smoke in the area. Ross Valley FD and an officer checked the area and determined it to be smoke from a chimney.

Juveniles yelling: 11:53 p.m. Ross Avenue. Anonymous reported loud music at the campout, on the Ross Valley side. The area was checked and no music was heard.  About a dozen juveniles were running around yelling. They were advised of the complaint and quieted down for the night.


Thursday, Sept. 20

Yelling man: 1:06 a.m. Sir Francis Drake Bl. Citizen reported a male subject on the hillside screaming and yelling. Contact was made with a male subject who was advised of the complaint and was told to keep the noise down.

Man drinking: 9:30 a.m. Ross Avenue. RP reported a male subject drinking fronting the business. RP is concerned for the kids in the area. Subject described as a WMA, with a beard. Contact made with a male subject who was abated from the area.

Booby trap: 3:09 p.m. Crescent Road. She believes the garden owner has booby trapped a section of the garden, possibly with a bb gun, because he believes people are stealing from him. Officer contacted the RP and advice was given. Officer attempted contact with the responsible party for the garden, with negative results.  Officer advised he would try back during business hours.

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Rebekah Collins September 26, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Jessica, I am very concerned that so much attention is being drawn to Bob cats/Mountain lion sightings - it is stirring up an unhealthy fear in people that are disconnected from nature. These sighting are natural, normal and a sign of health for the environment we all are blessed to live in here in Marin County. Turning this into a sensation could have unintended consequences for these beautiful creatures - please keep them out of the headlines and therefore out of the crosshairs . . .
Jessica Mullins (Editor) September 26, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Rebekah, thanks for expressing your concerns. I'm working on an informational article about bobcats vs. mountain lions that will, hopefully, educate people and lessen some of the fear in the community. I'm in touch with the Humane Society and Marin County Open Space District officials and welcome any other suggestions for people I should contact on the subject.
Terra September 27, 2012 at 03:35 AM
I can see the need to report mountain lions (when in fact they are), but bobcats? In other news, a squirrel ran across my deck and my dog was very upset.
Sean Gray September 29, 2012 at 05:45 AM
Thank you Terra. I think those people from the wedding must be in the park again or maybe amplifying their music. Would someone please go check that out. Wait, I think someone might have spit on their neighbor again. Call the police!


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