Building Vandalized on Fireman’s Fund Campus

The following information from June 17-19 was supplied by the Novato Police Department. Arrests do not indicate a conviction.


The Headliner: 

June 19, 8:58 a.m. – Vandalism was reported at the Fireman’s Fund complex in the 700 block of San Marin Drive.  Unknown(s) trespassed onto the property overnight and left graffiti taggings and defecated in the area.  They also had tied a rope across the parking lot, which impeded the security guard who was after them.  

June 17 

12:26 a.m. – Extra patrols were requested in the vicinity of the Nave Motors tow yard in the 1000 block of First Street.  The requesting party had concerns over people hanging out in the area. 

12:49 a.m. – An unwanted person was reported at the Shell gas station in the 2000 block of Novato Boulevard.  A man was taking sodas off the shelf and drinking them.  The reporting party described the man as white, wearing a white t-shirt and light tan shorts and no shoes.  The reporting party thought the man might be mentally disabled as he experienced similar problems with the same man last week.  The man had left prior to PD arrival. 

1:03 a.m. – A man was arrested and booked for suspicion of driving under the influence in the vicinity of Armstrong Avenue and Atherton Avenue. He was also cited for driving without a license. 

1:23 a.m. – A welfare check was requested for a man walking down the middle of the street barefoot in the vicinity of Louise Avenue and Mill Road.  He was wearing a white t-shirt and tan shorts.  He was returned to a residential care facility. Staff at the facility confirmed that the man had left through an unsecured gate. 

6:20 a.m. – A health and safety violation was reported on Spinosa Way.  A 19-year-old man is in a seizure and is believed to be on LSD.  A complaint was sent to the D.A.’s office regarding the man being under the influence of a controlled substance. 

10:46 a.m. – An unwanted subject was reported at the CVS store in the 1700 block of Grant Avenue.  The reporting party said that two black men and one white man, all in their early 20s were carrying a 45 oz beer with them as they were walking toward the CVS store.  The reporting party said that they were hiding a bottle in their hooded sweatshirts.  The area was checked but the three men were gone on PD arrival. 

1:02 p.m. – Suspicious subjects were reported loitering at Lee Gerner Park in the 900 block of Seventh Street.  The reporting party said that a group of five to ten people were harassing people in the nearby shopping center and they were now hanging out near the park tables.  He said that one person had his dog chase after him after a confrontation. The reporting party had also called yesterday and was just seeking additional advice. 

6:46 p.m. – A grey GMC truck was struck by a black Mercedes in the vicinity of Grant Avenue and Redwood Boulevard.  One man was arrested and booked into Marin County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence. 

11:31 p.m. – A driver was cited and released in the vicinity of the landfill in the 8900 block of Redwood Highway for possession of a hypodermic needle.  A passenger was arrested and booked for two outstanding San Francisco warrants. 

June 18 

10:05 a.m. – A man at the America’s Best Value Inn on the 7600 block of Redwood Boulevard reported that his wallet had been stolen.  He said that he had fallen asleep last night with the door unlocked and that someone had come in and stole it off the nightstand.  Dispatch informed the reporting party that his wallet had been recovered and he was directed to pick it up in evidence at Novato PD. 

1:57 p.m. – An animal violation was reported in the 1300 block of Denlyn Street.  The reporting party said she had received a threatening letter regarding her dogs.  The note that had been left contained two threats.  Neighbor(s) left the note with contact information advising the resident(s) to contact them if their dogs were too loud. 

4:03 p.m. – Graffiti vandalism was reported in the 900 block of Diablo Avenue.  A tagged fence can be seen from Court Road. 

5 p.m. – Suspicious subjects were reported on Carmel Drive.  The reporting party said that there were two men in the bushes to the rear of his home.  He believed that they were smoking marijuana.  Officer(s) identified the two and admonished them.  No violations were observed and they were moved along. 

6:21 p.m. – A resident on Irene Drive reported that an unknown man came to his door and threatened to kill him.  The reporting party followed the man to a home near Mill Road and Louise Avenue.  Officer(s) contacted both parties and advice was given regarding an argument over a stop sign. 

6:56 p.m. – A juvenile disturbance was reported in the vicinity of The Square Shopping Center in the 2000 block of Novato Boulevard.  A woman said that a white boy with a group of ten to twelve other people had just thrown a hose at her car.  Officer(s) found the group of young adults in the parking lot listening to music.  They were advised to turn it down.  The reporting party showed officer(s) that the kids had not thrown a hose but a real snake at her car.  Officer(s) saw the snake in the middle of the road and found it to be a pretty good size.  

June 19 

12:33 a.m. – A driver in the 200 block of Alameda Del Prado was cited for driving without a license.  The driver’s vehicle was also impounded and towed away. 

3:25 a.m. – A stolen vehicle was reported at the Shell gas station in the 1300 block of South Novato Boulevard.  The reporting party said that two men left in his car that was left in the parking lot with the motor still running. 

11:36 a.m. – A 45-year-old man was reported to be smelling of alcohol and laying down by a tree in the vicinity of Novato Boulevard and San Marin Drive.  He was booked for suspicion of being drunk in public. 

4:39 p.m. – Identity theft was reported in the 100 block of Kenwood Court.  Unknown(s) opened several accounts using the reporting party’s social security number. 

5:05 p.m. – Shoplifting was reported at the Lucky store in the 1700 block of Grant Avenue.  A 19-year-old man stole $50.83 of miscellaneous items.  He is cooperative and has a jar of marijuana with him.  The man was cited and released for suspicion of shoplifting. 

5:31 p.m. – A homeless encampment was reported in Miwok Park in the 2200 block of Novato Boulevard.   Personal items can be seen from the bridge.  A man had been seen bathing in the area yesterday.  Officer(s) found clothing and blankets in the area but no one was around.  The Department of Public Works was advised. 

9:24 p.m. – A burglary was reported in the 200 block of Entrada Drive.  The reporting party said that when he returned home he had found that a black 17-inch Toshiba laptop had been taken from his room.  There were no signs of a forced entry. 

10:06 p.m. – A driver was cited and released for having no evidence of registration and unlawful display of registration in the vicinity of Gateway Court and South Novato Boulevard.  The vehicle was also towed away. 

10:13 p.m. – A welfare check was requested for a man that appeared passed out with a blanket over him in the vicinity of Moffett Court.  The reporting party said that he is breathing but unresponsive.  Officer(s) found no merit to any violations.  The man said that he just wanted to sleep out under the stars.

Denise Scoles Olson June 23, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Hi Susan, I was the person the kid threw the snake at. Once I realized that it was not a hose they threw at me but a snake, I called the police back and told them and that I was returning to the scene to look for the snake. Sure enough, he was right in the middle of the road-dead. I felt horrible. The officer met me there and we called the Humane Society. I have been thinking about that snake now for days. I am furious that somebody would do that to a snake and I don't even like snakes all that much. I drive by there everyday now looking for that kid. I would love to talk to his parents with the Humane Society. It is just sad all around.
Susan Clark June 23, 2012 at 11:03 PM
Hi, Denise. Sorry you had to go thru that. I hate snakes as well but every living creature deserves respect and love....poor snake. The punks that hang at the square should not be allowed to loiter...Period! The police should enforce this law. Those punks drink and smoke pot and harass drivers going by. The amount of trash/litter they leave is disgusting as evidence is there early each morning. What a bunch of losers to waste their time at "The Square" when this beautiful North Bay area has so much to offer.
Ella June 24, 2012 at 12:27 AM
Lee Garner park is a mess. There are always groups of strange people hanging out there, often with large dogs in tow, sometimes doing drugs right out in the open. This is an area frequented by Novato's children and families, as it's adjacent to the library. It's sad that the city hasn't done anything to clean it up.
Susan Clark June 24, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Way too much Riff Raff in Novato. Such a shame that our leaders don't care.
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr June 24, 2012 at 12:50 AM
No. It is the voters who have done nothing to clean up Novato. 80% failed to vote in the city council election. We have rights only so long as we use and protect them.


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