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Chief’s Community Update

April 18, 2018


This weekly update will include information about the recent efforts of the police department and provide you with information regarding recent incidents, crime trends, and community resource information.  Please take a moment to search our website and take advantage of the features.

Crime and Arrests:    

April 8, 2018                        11:52 PM                  1600 block of Bay Road

During a traffic stop the 16 year old female suspect was found in possession of over four pounds of marijuana.  The suspect said she purchased the marijuana with the intent of selling it to her friends.  The suspect was released into the custody of her father.


April 11, 2018                     10:18 AM                   Home Depot Parking lot               

The suspect was seen by the victim stealing a cooler from the back of his truck in the parking lot of the Home Depot.  The suspect was identified and located by a police officer.  The suspect was cited and released and the cooler was returned to the owner.


April 13, 2018                     10:56 AM              Dumbarton Avenue & Bell Street

Earlier in the day, the victim started his car in his driveway and left it running while he went back inside his house.  The suspect took that opportunity to steal the victim’s car.  Later in the day, the victim saw his stolen car occupied by two people a block from his house.  The police arrived and detained the two subjects with the car.  One suspect confessed to stealing the car and was booked into the County Jail.  The car returned to the owner.


April 14, 2018                     6:09 PM          Bus Stop – Bay Road & University Avenue

Responding to numerous complaints about narcotics activity at the bus stop, Officers were paying close attention to the activity.  In this incident, Officers noticed the suspect commit a penal code violation.  When attempting to detain the suspect for the violation, the suspect ran away.  After a foot chase, the suspect was taken into custody and a search of the suspect and his backpack revealed a large quantity of methamphetamines, packaging materials, a digital scale, and narcotics residue was on the scale.  The suspect was booked into the County Jail for possession of methamphetamines for sales, resisting arrest, and an outstanding warrant for assault with a deadly weapon.

The April Beat Meeting Schedule is as follows:

Beat Two

Date: Thursday, April 5, 2018

Time: 06:30 pm – 08:00 pm

Location: Ecumenical Hunger Program

(2411 Pulgas Avenue, EPA, CA 94303)

Beat Three

Date: Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Time: 06:30 pm – 08:00 pm

Location: Peninsula Park Apartments

(1977 Tate Street, EPA, CA 94303) 

Beat One & Four

Date: Thursday, April 19, 2018

Time: 06:30 pm – 08:00 pm

Location: Community Room at City Hall

(2415 University Avenue, EPA, CA 94303)

The Crime prevention newsletter for April has also been posted on our City website on the Police Publications and Reports page: 

http://www.ci.east-palo-alto.ca.us/index.aspx?nid=483

How to make an anonymous tip to the police:

When providing information to the police, we need specific information about the crime or criminal.  As an example, if you are reporting someone for dealing drugs, we need to know where and when they are selling the drugs, a detailed description of them (white female, blue jeans, red jacket, base ball cap), any description of a vehicle, and any other information you have about the crime.  While I don’t expect you to jeopardize your safety to get this information it is very important for us if we make an arrest.  Not only will your tip provide us with accurate information about the suspect, we are able to serve as a witness to the crime and we can testify in court.  Please use these options for providing an anonymous tip.


You can make an anonymous tip to the police by calling or texting to (650) 409-6792.


Wanted Persons: 

We have several photographs of wanted suspects on the website for the community to view.  To see the photographs, please select the “Wanted Persons” tab, click on the RED “Wanted Persons” icon to view the information.  If you see any of the “Wanted” individuals, DO NOT attempt to contact them.  Please call 9-1-1 and report the information and the police department will investigate the information you provide.


Crime Trends:

Theft from cars and homes: Cases of suspects entering cars and residence through unlocked windows or doors when the owners are absent are increasing.  The suspects often search through the car or residence and take small items of value (cash, jewelry, electronic devices) that are easy to sell.  Please lock your car and residence when you leave.  If you want to leave a window ajar for ventilation, it is recommended that you use a locking device to prevent access.  If you notice anyone suspicious loitering in the area please call us at (650) 321-1112 or 9-1-1 in case of emergency.