May 12 – 19, 2022
Business Burglary: On May 28 at about 4:30 a.m., Mill Valley Officers were dispatched to a report of an alarm at a local business. Officers arrived in less than 30 seconds and found someone had cut a fence to gain access to the property. A short time later a person was contacted leaving the property. Officers determined that the person had used bolt cutters to cut the fence, entered the property, stole at least one high value item and was attempting to flee the area. Officers also found that the person had narcotics and drug paraphernalia in their vehicle. The person was later booked into the Marin County Jail on a long list of criminal charges.
Wedding Ring: A woman told police that she lost here engagement ring and wedding ring “somewhere in Mill Valley.” She said they are valued at $28,000.
Bad Dog: A neighbor called police about two barking dogs on Ethel Avenue. Police could not raise anyone at the residence, but left a message on the door.
Loud Music: On May 12, a woman was reported to police for “blasting” music over a loudspeaker on Throckmorton Ave. Police drove by, but no music was heard.
Cow Bell: A wedding rehearsal dinner on Sycamore Avenue got a little loud, including the use of a cow bell. Police checked it out and the party started to break up.
Hit And Run: A man reported his car parked in front of his home on Walnut Avenue was struck and the driver left the scene.
Shoot Out: Four kids in two cars were seen shooting at each other. Cops resonded. Turned out to be a water pellet gun. Kids were detained at the scene until their parents could pick them up.
Family Beef: Police responded to a family beef on the porch of a house on Matilda Avenue. One brother yelled that he was the “executor” of the house and told the other to “get the f*** off the property.” Parties were separated.
Yeller: A man holed up in the post office yelled at patrons warning them not to come near him with their cell phones because their cell phones could “track” him. Police removed the yeller.
Falling Man: A young man ran down Miller Avenue, stumbled and was nearly clobbered by a car. Police checked it out but could not find the man.
Stolen Car: A green Honda Civic was stolen from Miwok Way on May 16.
Yeller: A 50-ish man, possibly one taco shy of a combination plate, yelled at a delivery truck driver saying “we should get rid of your kind.” What “kind” was unclear. The yeller was gone when police arrived.
Weird: A man came to a residence on Ralston Avenue, knocked on the door, and said he was returning a purse that was stolen earlier. He said he found it in downtown Mill Valley. He asked the man to come out and get the purse, which he said had a balloon on it. The citizen thought it was all too weird and told the man he couldn’t open the door because he had COVID (which he did not). Police were called and kept an eye on the situation.
Suspicion: Early May 31, Corporal Longoria was patrolling the backside of Tam High School when his attention was drawn to a silver sedan parked next to several work vans. Corporal Longoria went to further investigate the sedan, which immediately drove off at a high rate of speed. Corporal Longoria caught up to the vehicle and made a traffic stop for displaying false registration tabs. Upon identification and further investigation, all three occupants of the vehicle were found to be in possession of tools commonly used in the commission of catalytic converter thefts. All three individuals were booked into Marin County jail on various charges related to possession of burglary tools, providing false information to a police officer, possession of narcotics and more.
Off The Street Again: On May 26, around 3:30 p.m., detectives from the Marin County Coordination of Probation Enforcement Team (COPE) performed a probation search on Binford Road in Novato. While contacting the individuals within the RV, they located Michael Felix, a 29 year old male on Marin County probation, within the RV. Felix had an outstanding felony warrant for his arrest. During their probation search of the RV, Detectives located a backpack with over 4.5 ounces of suspected crystal methamphetamine, a loaded .22 caliber firearm and additional drug paraphernalia. Felix was provided with a free ride to the Marin County Jail where he was booked on numerous charges including a felon in possession of a firearm.
The COPE Team is comprised of a deputy from the Sheriff’s Office, an Officer from the Novato Police Department and a Marin County Probation Officer. The main focus of the Unit is to monitor high risk narcotics violators who have been placed on probation rather than serving time in custody. The goal of the COPE unit is to ensure that those individuals who have been granted the privilege of probation are leading law abiding lives.
Dispatch: Dispatcher Fernandez, above, completed Novato’s Dispatch Training Program. Fernandez grew up in Stanislaus County. Prior to Novato PD, she worked as a Probation Officer for Marin County Probation and a Sheriff’s Service Assistant for the Marin County Sheriff’s Office. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree from California State University, Chico in Criminal Justice and a double minor in Psychology and Ethics, Justice, and Policy. She is looking forward to working as a dispatcher for the Novato Community.
May 26 – May 31, 2022
Break-In: A car was broken into on May 26 on Princess Street. Taken were earthquake supplies and a pickleball racket.
Campers: A citizen reported two people smoking dope and camping out at Napa Street and Bridgeway. Police checked it out and found no violations.
Encampment Life: A man in Sausalito’s homeless encampment at Marinship Park left the encampment and cut with a knife some bamboo from a nearby property. Police checked it out.
Strange Encounter: A woman reported a tall man in a blue polo shirt followed her to his car and told her “she looked like a very kind woman.” She shut the car door and took off.
Vendor: A man with a cart was selling food in a store parking lot. He was hidden between cars. He did not have a license. Police told him to knock it off.
Encampment Life: A man scraped a shopping cart against a car starting a loud argument.The man hid in his tent until police left.
Angry Dad: Father was heard loudly screaming at his teen daughters. Police arrived to mediate. No crime.
Civil Dispute: A man called the cops because his moving truck arrived but the workers refused to move the stuff in the house unless he paid double. Police called it a civil dispute.
Snug in Bed: A raised flower bed on Caledonia Street, that is. The homeless man was contacted by police and told him to move along.
Two Men: Two men were caught inside the Army Corps debris yard. Police told them to get and don’t take anything.
Marin County Sheriff’s Department
Academy: Deputies Ryan Matteri and Gabriel Sullivan, above, were sworn in today and will start the Police Academy in July.