Crime blotter 12/31/12
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.
Monday, December 31, 2012
Officers were dispatched to Food 4 Less regarding a vehicle burglary. The victim stated unknown subject(s) forced entry into his 2004 GMC Yukon by damaging the lock. Once inside the subjects took a stock GMC stereo and Tom Tom navigation system.
Officers were dispatched to a residence in the 1400 block of North Highland Drive regarding a theft from a vehicle. The victim stated unknown subject(s) entered his unlocked Ford F250. Once inside, the subjects(s) took a Dell Inspiron laptop computer, two check books, and a file folder with personal paperwork.
Officers were dispatched to Walmart regarding embezzlement. The reporting party was contacted and stated over the last eight weeks Roberto Pedraza had been fraudulently allowing customers to take merchandise out of the store without paying full price. The estimated total loss was approximately $2,000.00. Pedraza was arrested and interviewed by officers. After further investigation, Pedraza was booked into the Tulare County Main Jail regarding the charge of embezzlement, and this investigation is on going.
Officers were dispatched to the 200 block of East Orange Avenue regarding vandalism. The reporting party was contacted and stated unknown subject(s) spray painted “VERS” on the north wall of the administration building to Santa Fe Elementary School.
Officers located a stolen vehicle, which had been reported earlier in the morning, occupied by two subjects traveling south on Westwood Street at Olive Avenue. Officers followed the vehicle until additional units could arrive to assist. Officers initiated a traffic stop and the vehicle began a pursuit. Officers from the California Highway Patrol and deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department took over the pursuit and the Porterville officers assisted. The pursuit concluded at Avenue 208 and Road 180. Adam Ibarra was found to be the driver and was taken into custody for Auto Theft and a parole warrant. Alfonso Pena was the passenger and fled on foot but was apprehended by a Tulare County Sheriff’s Department K9. Alfonso was arrested for Auto Theft, Resisting Arrest, and Possession of a Controlled Substance.
Possession of Prohibited Weapons / Parole Violation
Sergeant Knox and Detective McGowen were patrolling the area of Brandy Way and Memory Avenue after patrol units were dispatched to the 2100 block of White Chapel regarding a suspicious circumstance report. The original report was regarding a male subject seen in the back yard of a residence with a flashlight that fled the area in a vehicle after being noticed by the home owner. Detectives observed a maroon Chevrolet Trailblazer that appeared suspicious. They initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and contacted Phayrat Mosana. Mosana was found in possession of a Billy club and two daggers. Mosana was determined to be on active CDC Parole for burglary and was arrested. Parole issued a parole violation pursuant to 3056 PC and Mosana was booked at the Porterville Substation.
Officers responded to Walmart regarding a vehicle burglary. The victim reported coming out of the store and seeing a subject in a red Mustang taking a purse out of the victim’s van and fleeing southbound on Prospect Street. Stolen property was determined to be 6 women’s handbags.
Transportation of Methamphetamine / Possession of Marijuana / Possession of a Prohibited Weapon
Officers stopped a vehicle at Mulberry Avenue and Lime Street and contacted the occupants, identified as Raul Caraballo, 45, and Elena Lopez, 30. Caraballo was in possession of methamphetamine and Lopez had a small amount of marijuana and an illegal knife. Both were arrested.
Officers responded to a residence in the 700 block of South Roche Street regarding a disturbance. Ashley Rodriguez, 25, was contacted and she had felony and misdemeanor warrants for her arrest. She was arrested without incident and later booked at the substation.
Assault with a Deadly Weapon (stabbing)
Officers were dispatched to Sierra View District Hospital regarding a stabbing that occurred at Super 7. The victim stated he was putting air in his vehicle tire at Super 7 when he was confronted by a Hispanic male adult who was on a bike. For unexplained reasons, they both started fighting and the suspect stabbed the victim once in the abdomen. The victim’s wife drove him to the hospital immediately after the incident. Detectives were summoned to the scene and took over the investigation. The victim did not provide any further information and it appeared his injuries were only superficial. He refused any further assistance from the police department.
Transportation of Methamphetamine / Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance / DUI / Parole Violation
Officers stopped a vehicle on Highway 190, east of Plano Street and contacted the occupants, identified as Amanda Valencia (Driver), Lawrence Macias (passenger), and Orlando Enriquez (passenger). Enriquez was on parole and a subsequent search of the vehicle located methamphetamine. Valencia was found to be under the influence of a controlled substance and arrested for DUI. All three were arrested and later booked.
Officers responded to a residence in the 100 block of North Cottage Street regarding a burglary. The reporting party said she just returned home and found her front door forced open. The suspect(s) had forced entry into the residence sometime between Friday and Monday and stole a flat screen TV and laptop computer.
Parole Violation / Public Intoxication
Officers responded to the 1000 block of South Wisconsin Street regarding a disturbance involving Cesar Regalado, 28, who was on parole and intoxicated. When officers arrived, Regalado attempted to flee west over Highway 65, but was apprehended. Regalado was determined to be intoxicated and in violation of his parole terms. He was arrested for public intoxication and a warrant was issued by his parole agent. Regalado was later booked at the substation.
Public Intoxication / Resist Arrest
Officers responded to Porter Street and Putnam Avenue regarding a report of a man down. When they arrived, they located Michael Calvillo, 18, heavily intoxicated to the point an ambulance was summoned to transport him to Sierra View District Hospital. As the officers were assisting ambulance personnel get Calvillo onto the gurney, he became combative and tried to unholster one of the officer’s firearms. Calvillo was restrained and placed under arrest for the above charges. He was treated at the hospital for alcohol intoxication and later booked at the substation.
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