June 11 – 18, 2020
Catalytic Converter Thefts: There has been a significant increase in catalytic converter thefts throughout the entire state. In the last two months the Mill Valley Police Department has had six reported cases with dozens more throughout the county. Thieves are targeting Toyota Prius and other Toyota vehicles primarily, however, other types of vehicles have been victimized. The catalytic converter is a component of the vehicle’s exhaust and inside are precious metals that can be sold or recycled. The replacement of a catalytic converter is very expensive and can cost several thousand dollars.
Catalytic Converters are usually removed with a reciprocating-type saw or grinder. Thieves access catalytic converters from underneath your vehicle, so you cannot protect them by locking your vehicle. You can deter or prevent catalytic converter thefts by parking in well-lit or motion detector lit areas, a locked garage, or other secured locations. If you believe a theft of a catalytic converter is in progress, call 9-1-1 immediately.
The Mill Valley Police Department is working hard to protect your vehicles from theft. We rely heavily on help from our community members to report suspicious activity. Please report any suspicious activity by calling 9-1-1 or any non-emergency tips to 415-389-4100, thank you.Grumpy: A citizen called police upset because he was caught at the back of the graduation line on Throckmorton. Police talked to the grump.
Ramblin’ Rose: A woman called police about not being welcome in Mill Valley. She said people were always taking pictures of her and recently the grocery story told her she could not come in with her dog. Dispatcher said the caller rambled on and periodically interjected a string of thought about pedophilia. No crime was reported.
Porsche In Tree: Police assisted CHP and the fire department on an accident at the 101 and Seminary Drive. A Porsche was in a tree following a high speed accident. Driver was still in the car. No details provided on the cop log other than the unusual nature of the accident.
Noisy Gardener: A citizen on Lovell Avenue called the police on her neighbor’s gardener who was using a gas powered leaf blower. Police were on it.
Road Rage: The driver in a grey sedan got angry and the way a citizen was driving. He illegally passed at a rate of speed and then threw a water bottle at the car. They they both came to a red light and the angry bird got out and jumped around like a chicken at a cock fight. The road rager then left the scene and was not heard from again.
June 18, 2020
Child Pornography: Novato Police Department Detectives arrested Oscar Argueta Osorio (18), Curtis Scott (54), and Curtis McCutcheon (59), for possession of child pornography. They are all Novato residents and their arrests were the result of three separate investigations.
June 15 – 18, 2020
Sexual Touching: On Thursday, June 18, at approximately 5:53 p.m., Sausalito Police Officers were dispatched to a grocery market on Harbor Ave, on the report of a male customer that had inappropriately touched a female customer and made verbal threats. Donald Cary, 42-year-old transient from the Half Moon Bay area, was arrested for sexual battery and booked into the Marin County Jail.
Name That Smell: A citizen called the Fire Department to report a “very strong” smell of burned rubber. It was a skunk.
Social Distance: A woman got into some kind of beef with workers at a dock. She refused to move, preventing the workers from doing their work because of 6-foot social distancing work.
Mail Thief: A guy drove by a mail box and took the contents, then threw out some of the mail he took into the street. A citizen saw it, stopped them. They denied everything. Citizen called police.
Vandalism: A mural was tagged with graffiti on Marinship Way. A police report was made.
Dog Park Incident: A woman called the police about a guy who took a picture of her dog’s tags after an altercation at the dog park on Ebbtide. The guy is calling day and night seeking financial restitution for his dog. The woman said she was a vet tech once and there was no injury.
Sit-Down Man: A citizen called police about a homeless man who walks around town then suddenly sits down. He has crutches with him, but doesn’t use them. She wanted police to do a welfare check on the guy, which they did. He’s fine. His legs work just fine.
Peeper: A neighbor on Bulkley Avenue has noticed that a neighbor periodically stops by and peeks into their window. Makes the resident very uncomfortable.
Homeless Spreading: A citizen reported that a group of homeless people were in the park and had their stuff spread out on all the tables, leaving no room for others to enjoy the park. Police rolled by and found only one table being used. No crime.