Look What Triggered Motion Detector Inside a Closed Restaurant

The following information from Sept. 24-26 was supplied by the Novato Police Department. Arrests do not indicate a conviction.

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11:49 p.m., Sept. 25 — A surveillance device that detects motion was activated at a restaurant in the 500 block of Alameda del Prado. Officers responded and the building appears secure. The alarm was possibly activated by pinatas swinging from the ceiling placed next to air conditioning vents.

Sept. 24

8:34 a.m. — Someone in the 900 block of Diablo Avenue came across a stash of found property including wallets, credit cards and jewelry. Several items were returned to owners and remaining items booked into evidence.

8:36 a.m. — A mother on Paladini Road called to say her 12-year-old son refused to go to school. Officer gave advice and the boy is getting ready to go to school.

10:27 a.m. — A tan Toyota Camry was hit by an unknown vehicle in on Seventh Street. A hit-and-run case was taken.

11:40 a.m. — A vehicle stolen from Novato was found by Oakland police.

1:45 p.m. — A woman received a call from American National Sweepstakes and was notified that she won a sum of money but that she had to send a check for taxes. The woman believed it was a scam and said she would ignore further calls.

1:50 p.m. — A woman whose car was burglarized Sept. 17 said one of her cards was used at the downtown Safeway store. The manager said the suspect was documented on surveillance camera. A fraud investigation is ongoing.

3:55 p.m. — A man was placed under arrest on suspicion of DUI near the corner of Wilson Avenue and Novato Boulevard. About a half pound of marijuana was confiscated from the vehicle.

5:33 p.m. — Officer was unable to locate a woman reported to be pushing a shopping cart, yelling at people and waving cars down in the 800 block of Diablo Avenue.

5:50 p.m. — A suspicious solicitor was reported on Lark Court. Officer determines the company is a scam. Checks received by subject were returned to customers. The subject was cited.

6:38 p.m. — A woman is making threats to kill the reporting party and family in the 1100 block of Second Street. The woman has said she has a gun and is upset that the reporting party is not her friend. No merit to threats. Advice given on how to obtain a restraining order.

8:04 p.m. — A man said his ex-girlfriend went his into his room on Posada del Sol and took a TV and a laptop. The suspect has a key to the apartment and lives in San Rafael. Civil advice given.

8:15 p.m. — Someone reported suspicious circumstances on Plumas Circle after a man unknown to the reporting party knocked on the door. The reporting party did not answer the door. The man said he was new to the area and just trying to meet the neighbors.

Sept. 25

2:51 a.m. — A burglary was reported at a PG&E substation on Hamilton Drive. No one should be on the site, according to a security guard. Click here for a full story on this incident.

7:22 a.m. — A white Toyota Camry was struck by a green pickup pulling a horse trailer on San Andreas Drive. Case taken for a hit-and-run.

8:08 a.m. — A neighbor in the 1500 block of South Novato Boulevard heard a man screaming at his dog and the dog howling and whimpering. The reporting party believes the man is kicking the dog. A case was taken for a warrant arrest, and the man was booked at jail.

10:24 a.m. — A man reported a lost wallet on Partridge Drive. He said he saw a suspicious person in a red pickup truck stop by his vehicle and then leave.

1:42 p.m. — A foster parent on Dominic Drive was given advice about evicting a foster son who had threatened harm to anyone who kicked him out.

2:25 p.m. — A woman who was urinating in bushes and using a coffee shop to charge her laptop was told she is no longer welcome inside the shop in the 7500 block of Redwood Boulevard. The woman was transported to a hospital for high blood sugar.

3:05 p.m. — A skateboarder was reported to have crashed into a curb and then a sign near Bolling Circle and Gardner Court. He is sitting up and bleeding from the head. A witness said the skateboarder was going approximately 30 mph when he crashed. No alcohol or drug use is suspected. Click here for a full story on this incident.

6:24 p.m. — An identity theft was reported by someone on Terry Circle. A suspect used the person's bank account to pay for online loans. The loss is approximately $2,000.

6:36 p.m. — A person on Mosswood Court said six calls from outside of the country have come in, including one that threatened to "put a bullet in her father's head." A harassment case was taken.

Sept. 26

8:03 a.m. — Someone spotted an injured animal near a play structure in the 2000 block of Center Road. It was described as grayish, about 50 pounds and with a fluffy tail. The reporting party said there is blood on the sidewalk and the animal looks like it's dying. An officer responded and the Marin Humane Society took an injured coyote into custody.

8:49 a.m. — Someone reported that a fence at Marion Park was tagged with graffiti.

9:02 a.m. — Two females got into a fight over a male in the 1500 block of South Novato Boulevard.

9:37 a.m. — Someone asked for directions to a home on Obertz Lane that is known to be vacant. The reporting party believed it was suspicious because the man said he wanted to visit friends there. An officer contacted the man, who was found to be carrying a Ukrainian passport. The man is staying at a local hotel.

9:56 a.m. — Someone reported that a garbage truck driver was constantly talking on his cell phone while operating his vehicle in the area of Dawes Street and Dawes Court.

12:14 p.m. — A resident of Dawes Street said a gift card was mailed to his address but it was not received and ended up being used at two stores in the East Bay. The card was possibly sent to the wrong address.

1:40 p.m. — A store on Vintage Way has video footage of a theft and the store operator knows the suspect. Investigation ongoing.

3:05 p.m. — A man fell 10 to 15 feet from the Target store roof. Click here for a full story on this incident.

4:25 p.m. — A cell phone was stolen from a student at San Marin High and tracked to an address on Nancy Drive. A resident at the address was contacted.

8:53 p.m. — A theft of wine was report at a store in the 5700 block of Nave Drive and left in a white SUV. The store manager has video evidence. Burglary case taken.

9:11 p.m. — A woman with a head injury was arrested on suspicion of being drunk in public in the 1000 block of First Street. The woman hit and kicked one officer and kicked another. She was booked at Marin County Jail.

11:57 p.m. — Loud knocking was heard at an at apartment on Owens Drive. The resident was contacted and found to be reupholstering a chair.

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