Person Dressed as Taco Steals Keys and Flees

The following information from Nov. 25-28 was supplied by the Novato Police Department. Arrests do not indicate a conviction.

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6:40 p.m., Nov. 27 — A woman and her mother said they were going through the checkstand at Lucky supermarket when somebody in a "taco costume" took keys off the checkstand and fled. A petty theft report was taken.

Nov. 25

10:18 a.m. — A car was parked on the curb at Plum Street and Summers Avenue, left over from a large party the previous night.  A citation was issued for violation of the curb parking code.

2:05 p.m.  — A parked car was reportedly hit while in the 300 block of Enfrente Road, possibly by the vehicle in the next parking spot.

2:10 p.m.  — Vandalism to a vehicle on St. Francis Avenue was reported. 

2:45 p.m.  — Several homeless people sitting in front of a store in the 5700 block of Nave Drive were reportedly smoking marijuana and harassing customers. The subjects were along.

3:48 p.m.  — A grandparent of  14-year-old girl on Muroc Lake Drive said the girl and her parent involved in a disagreement.  The arguing parties were separated.

4:49 p.m.  — Two or three men were reported to have been climbing into a window of the old hospital on Oakwood Drive.

8:13 p.m.  — A dump truck was vandalized with spray paint on Sunset Parkway. It was unknown if it was gang graffiti.

10:22 p.m. — A juvenile ran away from a home on Diablo Avenue after having an argument with the reporting party about having a girl sleep over.  A case was taken for a runaway juvenile.

Nov. 26

9:07 a.m. — Vandalism and graffiti were reported on Manuel Drive. Someone smashed bottles of tequila and whiskey, left feces behind the barbecues and carved graffiti into a picnic table.

10:39 a.m. — A parent on Carnoustie Drive could not find a young daughter in the house. An officer responded and the child was located under some blankets.

10:45 a.m. — A dementia patient walked away from a care facility on Hill Road and tried to flag down vehicles. Staff members followed him down the street and requested officer assistance. The man was transported back to the facility.

11:20 a.m. — A noninjury collision between a Toyota Scion and a Honda Accord was reported in the 2000 block of Novato Boulevard.

11:44 a.m. — A play structure was vandalized with a black marker on Fifth Street.

12:41 p.m. —Three subjects reportedly robbed a person at gunpoint of a wallet and cash and jumped a fence toward Novato Boulevard.

2:56 p.m. — Two vehicles were involved in a noninjury collision on Rowland Way and pulled into a gas station.

3:05 p.m. — A man was breaking things inside a residence and threatening his mother on Joan Avenue. An officer determined the man was determined to be a danger to himself and others, so he was transported to the psychiatric unit at Marin General Hospital.

5:24 p.m. — Two large trash bags were dumped illegally at Redwood Boulevard and Rush Landing Road. The reporting party believes the materials to be remnants of a marijuana growing operation. An officer determined there was suspected marijuana and garbage in the bags.

6:52 p.m. — A mother said her son pushed her in the 7000 block of Redwood Boulevard after he was expelled from school. Advice was given.

Nov. 27

1:00 a.m. — Two people were seen walking around Olive Avenue with headlamps on their heads. They had a gray pickup with them. The reporting party believes the people were going through recycling bins. The subjects were gone on officer arrival.

4:04 a.m. — A man with a bike was seen going through recycling on Martin Drive. An officer found that the man was collecting cans and was told to move along.

7:58 a.m. — A minor-injury collision was reported at Redwood Boulevard and San Marin Drive. No airbag was deployed. Click here for a full story on this incident.

11:49 a.m. — A black flatbed car carrier trailer was stolen from the 300 block of Bel Marin Keys Boulevard.

 12:04 p.m. — A noninjury collision between a silver Jaguar and a silver Toyota Corolla was reported outside the city of Novato offices on Rowland Way.

3:02 p.m. — A noninjury collision between a gold Acura Legend and a gray GMC Suburban was reported in the 500 block of Arthur Street.

4:10 p.m. — A green 1997 Honda Civic was reported stolen from Fairway Drive.

4:48 p.m. — A blue Honda Civic was reported stolen from the parking lot at Vintage Oaks Shopping Center.

6:18 p.m. — An iPad, a cell phone and food stamp cards were stolen out of a shopping cart in the parking lot of Hamilton Marketplace. A woman was putting groceries in a car when a person came up behind her and stolen the items, but a witness said the items had been left in a cart unattended for a short period.

10:46 p.m. — A mother and daughter were yelling and arguing in front of a house on Edwards Court. The officer described the mother as extremely uncooperative.

10:57 p.m. — A man called for police to show up at a home on Rosewood Drive and then hung up. An officer found two people arguing over burned cookies.

11:08 p.m. — A man at a hotel in the 7600 block of Redwood Boulevard said he is "an informant" and said somebody staying at the hotel has methamphetamines, and the caller said he is concerned the person might blow up the hotel. An officer responded a person with mental health issues.

Nov. 28

12:46 a.m. — Two juveniles threatened to kill a security guard in the 800 block of Diablo Avenue. One was arrested and sent to juvenile hall for making threats.

7:51 a.m. — A crossing guard working in the 5500 block of Nave Drive complained of speeding vehicles and asked for extra patrols.

8:12 a.m. —  A wallet was stolen from an unlocked truck on Hickox Road.

1:55 p.m. — A woman in the 900 block of Diablo Avenue said she was being followed to her home and work by a man and is scared. The man is an ex-boyfriend of a former co-worker. An officer told the woman to try and ask the man what he wants first before contacting police but to call if he showed up at her workplace.

2:11 p.m. — A man selling cleaning products on Lea Court was found to be without a solicitation permit and was told he would be cited if contacted again.

2:47 p.m. — A street sweeper backed into another vehicle near Alameda del Prado and Ignacio Boulevard. There were no injuries.

4:07 p.m. — An 8-year-old girl was reported missing by a parent on Nave Drive when the girl didn't show for a talent show practice at Hamilton Meadow Park School. An officer found the girl walking near Nave and Main Gate. The girl had walked from a church to the Safeway store without her mother's permission.

4:44 p.m. — A noninjury collision between a Honda Accord, Chevy Cruz and Toyota Rav4 was reported at Bel Marin Keys and Commercial boulevards.

4:45 p.m. — A red Honda motorcycle was stolen from carport on Green Oak Drive.

5:44 p.m. — A suitcase was stolen out of a garage on San Pablo Way.

5:44 p.m. — A houseboat washed up on the wetlands off Hamilton Parkway and contained suspected drugs, syringes and chemicals. Memory cards were found with photos and movies on them.

6:02 p.m. — A Ford utility van was stolen from Holstrom Circle.

6:38 p.m. — A man diagnosed with schizophrenia was throwing things in the kitchen of his residence on Cambridge Street, according to roommates. The man was taken to the psychiatric ward of Marin General Hospital.

7:01 p.m. — A resident of Irene Court came home from about a month away and found someone had broken into the home. It was unknown what was missing.

8:38 p.m. — A roommate said a man with a knife has been drinking and is depressed in the 1600 block of Hill Road. He man was placed on a psychiatric hold.

9:45 p.m. — Four males were seen fighting in the 6000 block of Redwood Boulevard. Three of them were ganging up on one. One person was arrested on suspicion of being drunk in public.

11:54 p.m. — A man was arrested on suspicion of several drug offenses at Main Gate Road and Randolph Drive.

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Brent Ainsworth December 04, 2012 at 09:24 PM
There wasn't in the first few minutes that the story was posted, but then I had a "doh!" moment and added it.
Brent Ainsworth December 04, 2012 at 09:25 PM
I once saw a person use food stamps to purchase groceries and then, minutes later, climb into a Cadillac Escalade and drive off.
Michelle December 05, 2012 at 12:55 AM
I'm pretty sure this is my favorite Blotter headine ever.
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr December 05, 2012 at 04:48 AM
Are we now politically correctly omitting descriptions of the "alleged" perpetrators? "12:41 p.m. —Three subjects reportedly robbed a person at gunpoint of a wallet and cash and jumped a fence toward Novato Boulevard." "gunpoint"
Michael Pashim December 05, 2012 at 06:38 PM
"A woman in the 900 block of Diablo was being followed and was afraid" The police told her to confront the man and find out what he wanted!! That officer or dispatcher who gave such idiotic advice needs to be schooled. If someone calls and tells the police they are afraid, the police need to address the man. How ridiculous and dangerous to tell this women to confront a stranger.Come on NPD you can do a lot better.


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