Dec. 29, 2021 – Jan. 4, 2022
Wet Shoes: A woman called police to tell them she had to “pee on her shoes” because a woman was causing a scene in the bathroom at Tent City. “Why do you keep letting her out,” the wet shoe caller said. Anyone who deals with mental health issues and homelessness in Marin knows that is a damn good question.
Tent City: A woman broke a window of a trailer in the vicinity of the homeless encampment in Marinship Park. The woman said the owner of the trailer stole her smokes.
Threats: A shopkeeper on Harbor Drive told a customer that she was no longer welcome in the shop to which the customer said she knew some big, mean dudes who were going to wait until the shopkeeper gets off work and “kick his ass.” Police provided extra patrols in the area.
Trespass: A person on Curry Lane witnessed a man jump his gate and knock on the home’s door. Turned out to be a confused contract worker.
Expensive Gas: A van parked in a fenced area on Bridgeway had its gas line cut and all the gasoline siphoned from van
Homeless Sitter: A homeless man sat on the steps in front of a home on Cooper Lane, scaring the bejeebers out of a woman inside. Police rolled to the scene, but the man was gone on arrival.
Smash-n-Grab: A Dodge Charger was broken into on Johnson Street on Dec. 29.The rear window was smashed.
Burglary: The driver side window of a car on Bridgeway was smashed and stuff taken from the car. Video footage was discovered, showing a dark colored sedan with a man in a hoodie and and earring.
Burglary II: A Honda CRV had its window smashed and contents taken on Dec. 31 off of Valley Street.
Fireworks: A group of people with children lit off fireworks on New Year’s Eve in the park off of Bridgway. Police let them know that it was illegal. Everyone was calm and copacetic about the advisory.
Smash-n-Grab: On Jan. 2 a vehicle was broken into on Second Street. Tools were taken.
Woman Hitter: A man struck a woman outside a bar on Caledonia Street on Jan. 2. The woman did not want to press charges.
Burglary: A man and a woman were caught on video breaking into a garage on Alexander Avenue and stealing stuff. The cop log says the woman is known to police.
Bad Dude: A homeless man keeps coming around a business on Bridgeway, causing damage and kicking garbage around. The business is seeking advice on how to stop this from happening … all … the … time.
All Wet: A suspicious man knocked on a door on Glen Drive and asked for dry towels to dry himself off with. Police called instead.
Suspicious: On Dec. 28, 2021, at about 3:30 a.m., an observant Novato Police Officer patrolling near the Presidents neighborhood saw a suspicious car driving slowly. After witnessing vehicle code violations, the officer stopped the car. The officer discovered the driver, Mario Alberto Quiroz-Perez, a 43-year-old San Francisco resident, had an outstanding arrest warrant. Quiroz-Perez was arrested for the warrant and the car was inventoried before being towed. During the inventory, personal items including children’s artwork and mementos which appeared to be stolen were found in the car. The driver was unable to explain how he came into possession of the items. The items were taken for safekeeping and further investigation.On Dec. 29, 2021, the officer discovered a possible owner for the mementos. The officer was on his way to the possible owner’s home on Gazania Ct. when Quiroz-Perez arrived at the Novato Police Department to obtain his towed vehicle. The possible owner confirmed the property belonged to them and had been stored inside their garage. They were unaware they were a victim of home burglary. The officer returned to the police station, where he arrested Quiroz-Perez for a violation of 459 PC – Burglary. Quiroz-Perez was subsequently booked into the Marin County Jail.
This investigation highlights our officers’ dedication to protecting our community.
If not for the diligent efforts of this officer, this crime may have gone undetected or resulted in a police report with no investigative leads.
We are thankful we could recover this property for our community member and are hopeful our efforts to hold those who commit these crimes accountable will serve as a warning to others who might consider committing these crimes in Novato.
Marin County Sheriff
Threat: A Novato man is suspected of sending a threatening email on Dec. 25 to a Marin County Superior Court Employee. Deputies arrested Malfred Charles Spencer, 60, and booked him into the county jail on suspicion of making criminal threats and threatening a state official.
The scene in which two men were arrested for alleged construction material theft.
Construction Theft: A few nights ago, a concerned neighbor called the San Rafael Police Department to report a suspicious circumstance. The reporting party knew that a house in his neighborhood was under construction and no one was supposed to be there overnight. The citizen observed a vehicle arrive and two suspects enter the house surreptitiously. Night shift Officers arrived just as the suspects walked out with stolen construction equipment. One suspect tried to run, but he was quickly taken into custody. Both suspects were booked at the Marin County Jail on multiple charges.