Crime blotter 1/16/13
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.
Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013
Transportation of Methamphetamine
Officers were dispatched to the 1600 block of West Westfield Avenue regarding a man with a gun. Upon arrival, officers contacted Steven Urbano, 34, in the backyard of the residence. Urbano was detained and found to be under the influence of a controlled substance. The area was searched for a weapon but it was not located. Urbano’s vehicle was searched and he was in possession of methamphetamine. Urbano was arrested and booked.
Officers were dispatched to Walmart regarding a suspicious female. Jennifer Barrett, 21, was contacted and had an active and confirmed felony warrant out of Redding. She was booked into the Tulare County Main Jail for the warrant.
Officers were dispatched to the police department lobby regarding a stolen vehicle. The victim stated between November and today subject(s) took her blue 2002 Yamaha V-Star motorcycle.
Officers were dispatched to the 200 block of South Main Street regarding a burglary. The victim stated subject(s) made entry into a storage shed on the north portion of the business and took an air compressor, skill saw, a car battery charger and forklift seat.
Officers were dispatched to a residence in the sub-100 block North F Street regarding a burglary. The victim stated subject(s) forced entry into east office door of the business. Once inside, the subject(s) took LG television/DVD combo set and Dish Network remote.
Officers were dispatched to the 100 block of East Orange Avenue regarding a burglary. The victim stated unknown subject(s) forced entry into the business. Once inside, the subject(s) took barber equipment.
Officers were dispatched to a residence in the 1400 block of West Tomah Avenue regarding a vehicle burglary in progress. Officers were advised that a suspects who arrived in a gray 2000s model Nissan Altima forced entry into her Ford Mustang. A partial license plate was obtained. Entry to the victim’s vehicle was made by cutting the rag top. Once inside, the subjects took a car stereo face place. The subject then got into the Nissan and fled westbound on Tomah Avenue.
Officers were dispatched to the 200 block of South Jennifer Drive regarding a vehicle burglary. The victim stated subject(s) forced entry into her white 2005 Ford Focus. Once inside, the subject(s) took a purse.
Officers were dispatched to a residence in the 100 block of North Ester Street regarding a burglary. The victim stated subject(s) forced entry into her residence. Entry was made through the front door. Once inside, the subject(s) took a 42-inch Panasonic TV, a gold ring, a gold iPad 3 16GB and miscellaneous jewelry.
The traffic unit conducted extra patrol in the areas of Pioneer Middle, Vandalia Elementary, Jim Maples Academy, and West Putnam Elementary Schools today. Extra enforcement efforts were made in the areas of Henderson at Second and Pioneer at Highway 65 for pedestrian related violations with several citations given. Traffic officers assisted patrol with several calls today. There were no reported traffic collisions today.
Robbery / Conspiracy / Criminal
Officers responded to the Sunnyside Handy Market regarding two subjects being detained for shoplifting. When officers arrived, he observed clerks physically restraining two suspects. Both are documented gang members and were caught trying to leave the store with an 18-pack of beer without paying. When the clerks tried to detain them, they both started to fight with the clerks but were quickly stopped. A warrant check also revealed one of the subjects has a felony warrant for burglary. Both were arrested and processed at the PD.
Felony Warrant / Parole Violation
Officers stopped a vehicle at Jaye Street and Garden Avenue and contacted the occupants, Melinda Tilton, 28, and Joseph Williams, 37. A warrant check revealed that Tilton had a felony warrant out of San Bernardino County and a misdemeanor warrant out of LA County. Williams was a wanted parolee. Both were arrested without incident and later booked at Main Jail and BWDF.
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