Crime Blotter Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012
PORTERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT
Information below is provided to The Recorder by the Porterville Police Department. It is noted that only arrests are reported and the suspects have not been found guilty of any crime.
Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012
Officers responded to the storage units at 225 W. Springville regarding a burglary. Forest Darrington, 32, broke into the victim’s storage unit and took numerous items of furniture. Darrington was contacted and arrested. He was booked at the substation.
Officers responded to the 200 block of West River Avenue regarding a residential burglary that just occurred. The victim came home and saw a Hispanic male adult running toward the river. The stolen property was described as a TV, jewelry, and an X-Box. Officers checked the river and located some of the victims’ jewelry. Physical evidence was located and the case remains under investigation.
Officers responded to Plano Street and Vandalia Avenue regarding a subject in the area wearing only his boxers. Brandon Eady, 27, was located in the area and determined to be intoxicated. Eady was arrested and booked at the substation.
Attempted Vehicle Theft
Officers responded to the 100 block of West Parkway regarding an attempted stolen vehicle. A suspect entered the victim’s vehicle and damaged the ignition in an apparent attempt to start the vehicle.
Possession of Marijuana on School Grounds
Officers responded to Granite Hills High School after the school staff located a 14-year-old student in possession of a small amount of marijuana. Lewis was cited to the Porterville Police Juvenile Diversion Program.
Possession of Marijuana on School Grounds
Officers responded to Citrus High School after the school staff discovered a 17-year-old student with a small amount of marijuana in his possession. Martinez was cited to the Juvenile Diversion Program.
Recovered Stolen Vehicle
Officers located a stolen vehicle that was parked, unoccupied on the west side of the 99 cent Store. The vehicle was a complete recovery and was returned to the registered owner.
Officers responded to the 300 block of North F regarding a vehicle burglary. The victim stated suspect(s) smashed the rear window to her GMC Envoy and took her purse.
Annoy or Molest Children, Conspiracy, Parole Violation, Gang Enhancement
Officers were dispatched to the 100 block of East Henderson Avenue regarding a disturbance involving a subject possibly armed with a gun. When officers arrived, a group, matching the description given, attempted to hide in a yard just west of the complex. The subjects were detained and identified as Ruben Garza, 25, Steve Contreras, 29, and Andrew Olivia, 24, all of whom were identified gang members. During the investigation, officers located a 15-year-old female and 13-year-old male who reported that they had been approached by the gang members and the three suspects made sexual comments to the female. All three suspects also related gang slurs and attempted to assault the juveniles. No gun was located and all three suspects were arrested for the above-listed charges. Garza, who is on parole, was additionally charged with a parole violation. All three were later booked at the Main Jail.
Petty Theft / Possession of Stolen Property
Officers were dispatched to the 300 block of East Putnam Avenue regarding a suspicious subject on a bicycle loitering in the front yards of residences. Officers contacted the subject, Elton Rivera, 21. Rivera had a small duffle bag and inside were numerous items of mail belonging to the residents at 1200 E. Olive Ave. and the Porterville Community Center. Officers to the adress and located the locked mail box, which had been pried open. Physical evidence was also located that linked Rivera to the theft. The victims mail was returned and Rivera was booked for petty theft and possession of stolen property.
Officers responded to the 1900 block of West Cleveland Avenue regarding a residential burglary. The victim reported suspect(s) entered the residence and took jewelry and electronics. The case remains under investigation.
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