Was It Planet Potter or Harry Apes at Novato’s Century Rowland Plaza?

The following information from Aug 2–6 was supplied by the Novato Police Department. Arrests do not indicate a conviction.

The Headliner: 

Aug 6, 9:10 p.m. – A woman who had flagged down an officer in front of Century Rowland Plaza on Rowland Way reported that her husband was missing.  She described him as 78 years old, grey hair, balding and bent over when he walks.  The man was located in an adjacent theater as he forgot he was there to see Harry Potter and not Planet of the Apes. 

Aug 2 

1:22 a.m. – A verbal disturbance was reported in the 1500 block of South Novato Boulevard.  A man and a woman were heard yelling at each other.  The reporting party said it sounded like they were behind RiteAid possibly in the creek area.  Several homeless people were contacted and advised of the complaint.  There was no merit to the verbal argument. 

9 a.m. – A woman in the 1200 block of Kaehler Street reported her 70-year-old father missing.  She said he has dementia and a history of making suicidal threats.  Her boyfriend later called and told her that he was with her father. 

1:51 p.m. – A man on Cowbarn Lane reported that he just got into a verbal argument with his neighbor.  He said his neighbor complained that the reporting party’s mother was talking too loudly while outside on her phone.  He said the neighbor also told him he would beat him up and that he pushed him.  All parties were contacted and advised not contact each other and that they should contact the NPD to avoid any conflict in the future. 

3:55 p.m. – A woman concerned for her daughter came to the police station and asked if an officer could be present at her daughters wedding next month on Nova Lane.  The woman was advised that the department does not offer this type of service.  

6:45 p.m. – Two girls between the ages of 10 and 13 were reported standing in front of Rite Aid on Diablo Avenue asking for money.  There were also two white men watching them from a parked vehicle facing the opposite way in a parking space.  The reporting party said the situation appeared suspicious.  The parties were gone on arrival and could not be located. 

10:40 p.m. – A reporting party on Captain Nurse Circle reported that the husband had been drinking and had pushed a 17-year-old son down the stairs.  The boy was not injured.  The stepfather was cited for assault and battery and released. 

Aug 3 

5:16 a.m. – A reporting party on Carmel Drive said that whenever he comes home from work he finds things missing.  He said a chess set, a calendar and a rent check were among the missing items.  He could not determine a point of entry and sounded confused.  The man was booked on an outstanding warrant.  

7:08 a.m. – Suspicious circumstances were reported in the 100 block of Michele Circle after a resident caught a man in his wife’s vehicle.  The reporting party said the man was possibly Hispanic.  He had black hair, was about 6 foot tall, thin build and was wearing a white shirt with jeans.  He was last seen fleeing towards Sutro Avenue.  No loss has been noted so far.  While fleeing from the resident the culprit dropped a glove. 

10:48 a.m. – A fraud was reported by a woman on Carnoustie Drive.  A copy of the check from Chase Bank shows the check for $2800 went into an account under the name of Ben Moore who is unknown to the reporting party.  

12:09 p.m. – A report of a person passed out on the ground in the 1200 block of Hamilton Parkway resulted in the transporting of the person to Marin County Jail for detox. 

12:33 p.m. – A man reported that his grandson was just bit by a dog in the 5800 block of Nave Drive and the dog's owner is in a verbal argument with him.  Officer(s) assisted the Marin Humane Society with a bite report. 

2:03 p.m. – Three weeks ago a reporting party said he had left jewelry at the America’s Best Value Inn on Redwood Boulevard and he was told by the staff that they would hold it for him.  When he came to reclaim it today the staff told him it is now missing.  All agreed to handle the situation in house. 

3:55 p.m. – An assault and battery reported at Novato Community Hospital was handled by security. 

4:47 p.m. – A burglary was reported on Margarita Terrace.  Unknown(s) kicked in the front door to gain access but no loss has been found. 

5:21 p.m. – Vandalism was reported on Meisner Drive.  A boy was booked into Marin County Juvenile Hall for malicious mischief.  

10:04 p.m. – A reporting party attempting to rent a room at America’s Best Value Inn on Redwood Boulevard reported that there was difficulty with people at the front desk.  Officer(s) contacted all involved.  The clerk said they won’t allow the reporting party to stay due to past problems.  The reporting party was advised of the hotel’s right to refuse service and moved along.  The subject was again contacted who was demanding to have a room. Advice was given to move along and not to call back unless it was for an emergency. 

11 p.m. – A dad was reported pushing a mom on Romar Court.  The man was booked for domestic battery and the victim refused an emergency protection order. 

11:52 p.m. – A motion detector and an entry door alarm alerted a response to Novato Family Dental Care in the 7400 block of Redwood Boulevard.  Unknown(s) entered the business by throwing a rock through a glass door and opening it from the inside.  The loss was $100 in cash from a lock box in a desk drawer. 

Aug 4 

1:45 a.m. – A burglary was reported at the Novato Veterinary Hospital in the 7400 block of Redwood Boulevard.  Unknown(s) entered the business by smashing a window with a rock.  The loss is unknown at this time but cash and veterinary medicines are believed missing. 

2:01 a.m. – A resident in the 100 block of Michele Circle reported that someone had rifled through an unlocked vehicle in the driveway.  The loss is unknown at this time. 

11:55 a.m. – A stolen vehicle was reported at the Inn Marin on Entrada Drive.  The reporting party said that someone had entered his room and stole his computer and took his truck.  He also found his wallet and keys gone. 

1:35 p.m. – A burglary was reported on Palmer Drive.  A resident arrived home to find a number of items missing, among them were two Apple computers, a jewelry box with jewelry, an iPad and a phone base.  The point of entry appears to be a dog door in a rear sliding glass door.  The loss is between $20,000 and $25,000. 

2:41 p.m. – A misdemeanor hit and run was reported in the parking lot of 300 Vintage Way.  A black GMC pick up was struck on the front end and damaged.  No note was left at the scene. 

4:56 p.m. – A burglary was reported on Scottsdale Way.  Unknown(s) gained entry through a patio door and took a TV, and 4 laptops.  Blood evidence was found at the scene.  Total loss is in excess of $2000. 

7:38 p.m. – Officers assisted a medical agency on a report of an overdose at the Windover Apartments on Diablo Avenue. A woman in her 40’s was found extremely intoxicated in her room.  She was conscious and breathing but not alert.  

8:20 p.m. – A grand theft was reported by a resident in the 100 block of Albion Court.  The woman said her home theater system went missing during a move.  She said she hired day laborers from the area to move property and she believes they are responsible.  Over $5000 worth of belongings are missing from her residence.  Only a description of the suspects could be obtained. 

10:31 p.m. – A juvenile party was reported in the 200 block of San Marin Drive.  A group of juveniles was seen drinking in front of a home and a larger group was seen in the back yard. The owner was contacted and the party was broken up.  

Aug 5 

1:22 a.m. – A juvenile party was reported to have started up again at a residence in the 200 block of San Marin Drive.  Contact was made as guests were leaving.  A host said he was kicking everyone out.  A minor was released to a father. 

6:32 a.m. – Domestic violence was reported in the 1000 block of Second Street.  A woman was struck on the side of her head while holding a cordless phone that caused a laceration to her ear.  A man was booked into Marin County Jail for inflicting corporal injury on a spouse. 

9:58 a.m. – A resident in the 900 block of Seventh Street reported that unknown(s) have Crazy Glued his locks and ripped up a banner causing damage of over $2000.  No damage was found to the vehicle or banner. 

12:26 p.m. – A stolen vehicle was reported in the 100 block of Cielo Lane.  A grey 2008 Acura was missing from the parking lot.  All keys were accounted for and there is no suspect information. 

12:52 p.m. – The driver of a vehicle was reported to have hit the front door of the Napa Auto Parts store on Redwood Boulevard.  The man then came into the store and appeared to be disoriented.  He was booked into Marin County Jail for driving under the influence. 

3 p.m. – A woman at her friend’s house in the 1300 block of Cambridge Street reports seeing her down inside the house.  She could not verify if her friend was breathing.  The coroner reported no suspicious circumstances. 

5:55 p.m. – Vehicle tampering was reported in the 800 block of Arlene Way.  Unknown(s) cut a fuel line and siphoned gasoline from a Chevy Silverado.  Damage to the truck is estimated at $600. 

7:58 p.m. – A burglary was reported in the 100 block of Michele Circle  A residents locked vehicles were broken into and lost were an iPad, an iPod and some cash.  The loss is estimated at $1250. 

8:49 p.m. – A petty theft was reported on Alconbury Way after a resident said a heavy set Hispanic woman, about 35 years of age, came into the reporting party’s garage and stole a wallet out of an unlocked vehicle.  The woman fled in a black Honda with a passenger.  The loss was a wallet with credit cards and an I.D. 

10:30 p.m. – A person was arrested and booked into Marin County Jail for driving under the influence in the vicinity of Ignacio Boulevard and Palmer Drive. 

Aug 6 

12:10 a.m. – A large juvenile party was reported in the 200 block of San Marin Drive.  The reporting party said this was the second night in a row that there has been a party there with parents not present.  A 21 year old was contacted and admonished for the third time regarding a disturbing the peace complaint.  A message was left with the mother and renter of the house. 

1:59 a.m. – Vandalism was reported in the vicinity of First Street and Vallejo Avenue after a victim found that his front tires had been damaged by unknown(s). 

12:49 p.m. – A homeless encampment was reported in a field off San Andreas Drive on school district property.  A camp was located in growth near a pump truck.  The camp was unoccupied but will be revisited in the evening to advise occupants to vacate private property. 

4:04 p.m. – Staff of a restaurant at Hamilton Marketplace on Nave Drive reported receiving harassing phone calls from a customer who said he was unhappy with his meal.  The customer felt that the manager harassed him by asking lots of questions about why he didn’t like his meal.  Both parties were given advice over the issue. 

5:46 p.m. – A mother reported that her daughter threw a phone at her and was out of control on Diablo Avenue.  The girl was arrested and booked at Marin County Juvenile Hall for battery against her mother. 

9:23 p.m. – A reporting party’s 20-year-old brother was reported out of control at his family residence on San Joaquin Court.  The was reportedly throwing things at his family.  He hit his father in the eye with a popsicle stick.  The reporting party believes he may have been drinking.  There were no injuries and all parties refused to press charges. 

11:11 p.m. – A hit and run misdemeanor was reported on Birchwood Drive.  The reporting party’s vehicle fronting the residence was egged and hit by another vehicle.  The victim’s vehicle sustained damage to the rear drivers side. 

11:39 p.m. – Four kids were reported trying to steal a sign on Hune Court.  Five kids were contacted.  There was no damage found to the sign.  The kids were admonished and released to the custody of their parents.

Eileen Neal August 10, 2011 at 05:41 AM
Jerome, you ever get dizzy standing on that soaobox???
Susan Clark August 10, 2011 at 01:41 PM
Eileen, I consider Jerome standing int the truth. I want to know the hard cold facts not the sugar coated ones.
jenni August 10, 2011 at 03:23 PM
thank you, Jerome for stating the truth!
Steven Norwin August 10, 2011 at 04:44 PM
Recently, the City of Dallas , Texas , passed an ordinance stating that if a driver is pulled over by law enforcement and is not able to provide proof of insurance, the car is towed. To retrieve the car after being impounded, they must show proof of insurance to have the car released. This has made it easy for the City of Dallas to remove uninsured cars. Shortly after the "No Insurance" ordinance was passed, the Dallas impound lots began to fill up and were full after only nine days. 80 + % of the impounded cars were driven by illegals. Not only must they provide proof of insurance to have their car released, they have to pay for the cost of the tow, a $350 fine, and $20 for every day their car is kept in the lot. Accident rates are going down and... Dallas ' solution gets uninsured drivers off the road WITHOUT making them show proof of nationality. We need to impliment this.
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr August 10, 2011 at 09:26 PM
EXACTLY! I have been preaching that since June 2010, part of my 19 law enforcement tips. The California law is the same as the Texas law. It is just how it is enforced that might differ.


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