Crime Blotter 09/12/12
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.
Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012
Officers responded to the 1800 block of West Pioneer Avenue regarding domestic violence. Both parties were contacted and it was determined that Manuel Cardenas, 62, punched his wife following a verbal argument. The victim had visible injuries that did not require medical attention. Cardenas was arrested and later booked.
Officers responded to the 1300 block of West Castle Avenue regarding a residential burglary. The suspects gained entry into the residence and stole two laptops, an Xbox, and six hats. The investigation is ongoing.
Officers contacted a victim regarding fraud. The victim advised that he began corresponding with an online dating website in May of this year. The victim stated he remained in contact with a female through emails. The female told the victim that she was in Malaysia settling her grandparent’s estate. The female told the victim that she sold some “gemstones” and received a check in an amount in excess of $45,000. She requested that the victim deposit the check into his checking account for her and then wire her the money. The check was delivered from Dubai in the United Emirates to the victim. The victim deposited the check and wired the money to another account and hasn’t had contact with the female since. The victim was notified by his bank that the check bounced after the wire transfer.
Officers responded to the 100 block of South Ohio Street regarding a vehicle burglary. Officers contacted the victim, and he stated sometime last night a suspect was able to force their way into his pickup and steal his CD player and the power door switches from inside of his truck.
Officers responded to the 100 block of North York Street for an auto theft report. The victim reported that a suspect stole her vehicle from her driveway. The case is under further investigation.
Shooting a Firearm into an Inhabited Dwelling
Officers were dispatched to the 300 block of South Main Street regarding shots fired into a residence. The victim stated suspects shot into the window of the residence. A vehicle was seen leaving the area on Main Street to Date Avenue after the shots were heard. According to witnesses, six shots were heard. Physical evidence was located at the scene. None of the occupants inside the residence at the time of the incident were injured. The case is under further investigation.
Officers were dispatched to the 700 block of South Plano Street regarding an unwanted subject. Burt Phillips, 49, was contacted and was determined to be intoxicated to the extent that he could not care for himself in public. He was taken into custody without incident.
Recovered Stolen Vehicle
Officers were dispatched to Henderson Avenue and Westwood Street regarding an abandoned vehicle in the roadway. The registered owner was contacted at his residence and the vehicle was determined to be an unreported stolen vehicle. The vehicle was a full recovery and was returned to the victim.
Brandishing of a Weapon
Officers were dispatched to the 300 block of East Mill Avenue regarding a stolen vehicle report. Further investigation determined the vehicle was not stolen and it was a civil matter between the parties involved. At 6:38 p.m., officers returned to the residence after it was reported that one of the involved parties had brandished a handgun during a verbal argument. During the investigation it was learned that the suspect arrived at the residence and a verbal argument began. The suspect then retrieved a handgun from his truck and it was alleged that he pointed it at the victim. The suspect fled the scene in his truck. The investigation is ongoing.
Resist arrest, Public Intoxication
Officers responded to the Porterville Family Apartments on Date Avenue regarding a runaway report. Officers contacted the mother of the juvenile and she reported that her 15-year-old daughter was out of control. The mother advised that the juvenile kept running away and was also using narcotics. Officers contacted the juvenile and counseled her at the mother’s request. As officers were leaving, the juvenile fled out her bedroom window. A search of the apartment complex located the juvenile and she then fled on foot. The juvenile was arrested and booked for Delaying a Peace Officer and Public Intoxication. A record check showed that the juvenile had extensive history of runaway and narcotic related offenses with Fresno PD.
Burglary of an Inhabited Residence
Officers responded to the 300 block of East Poplar Avenue regarding a burglary that just occurred. It was reported that two subjects were reported running from the residence as officers were responding. A perimeter was set up and led officers to 358 E. Poplar Ave. where Michael Wall, 30, and Chrystal Wall, 30, were contacted. The victim reported that a chain saw, two propane tanks and a car stereo were taken from his residence. The stolen property was located at 358 E. Poplar Ave. along with other stolen property associated with several theft reports. Detectives were called to the scene and assumed the investigation. Both Michael and Chrystal were arrested and booked for Burglary and Possession of Stolen Property.
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