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Major sleuthing unearths violent felon, stash of weapons, and more from Dec. 7 to 16.

The following are significant crime and incidents reported in Newark between Dec. 7 and 16 as released by the Newark Police Department.

Monday, Dec. 16
Sunday, Dec. 15
  • Stolen car with burglary tools inside. Two transient males, 35 and 19, were arrested at 9:09 p.m. after a high-risk vehicle stop at a car wash on Thornton Avenue. Their car was reported stolen out of Vallejo, and inside the pair were carrying a significant amount of burglary tools, including a portable oxyacetylene torch kit, heavy duty cordless grinders and multiple pry bars. The call began when a citizen on Ash Street flagged down officers to report a suspicious vehicle in the area.  
  • Birds of a feather booked together. Two suspected shoplifters, two 24-year-olds from Fremont and Newark, were arrested at 6:30 p.m. for petty theft at NewPark Mall's Sears. The Newark suspect, however, had a criminal protective restraining order against the other suspect, so an additional charge of violation of a court order was added.
Saturday, Dec. 14
  • Car burglar takes off in Mercedes. Two auto burglaries were reported at 10:47 a.m. at the Lido Faire Shopping Center. A 6-foot, light-skinned black male in his early 20s, wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt and tan pants, smashed the windows of two separate vehicles and took the laptops that were inside. He then fled in a white Mercedes sedan.
  • Drunk X3. A 1:42 a.m. traffic stop at E-Z 8 Motel ended in the arrest of a transient male, 60, for driving under the influence -- he was more than three times the legal limit.
Friday, Dec. 13
  • Cell phone thefts at high school. Police were called to investigate the theft of a cell phone at 10 a.m. from a Newark Memorial High School classroom. That phone was recovered, and the juvenile alleged thief was taken into custody. He was also in possession of another cell phone stolen two days earlier from the school. The boy was arrested for petty theft and possession of stolen property and released to his parents.
  • A red, 2009 Ducati 696 motorcycle was reported stolen at 7:10 a.m. from a residence on the 36900 block of Newark Boulevard. The license is #19M8924.
Thursday, Dec. 12
  • Violent felon traced and arrested. Following up on a Dec. 5 domestic violence case involving a female victim who was visibly injured by her child's father, police set out to locate the suspect, a 34-year-old Newark man, currently wearing an ankle monitor, on probation for weapons violations and with possible access to firearms. At 2 p.m., with help from NPD Street Crimes detectives and ALCO Probation, officers tracked the subject to the Islander Hotel on Mission Boulevard in Hayward. Using the GPS on his ankle monitor, police determined that he was at a nearby shopping center, and after an hour of searching saw him getting onto an AC Transit bus. A coordinated traffic stop was placed on the bus and the man was arrested without incident. A follow-up search of his Hayward residence turned up a loaded shotgun, .22 caliber rifles, a crossbow, various types of ammunition and marijuana.
  • Fender bender turns into robbery. At 6:13 p.m., police responded to a robbery call on the 37000 block of Cedar Boulevard. The incident began as a vehicle accident and turned into an argument during the exchange of information. The suspect pushed the victim and stole his cellphone, then fled on Cedar towards Thornton Avenue in a Chevy Avalanche with passenger-side damage. He is described as Samoan, in his 30s, about 6 feet tall with a heavy build. 
Wednesday, Dec. 11
  • A residential burglary was reported at 3:05 p.m. on the 4900 block of Oxford Place where suspects kicked in the front door and stole jewelry.
Tuesday, Dec. 10
  • Stopped for bad driving, jailed for pesky DUI warrant and meth. At 10:16 p.m., a female motorist was stopped for a traffic infraction. She was driving on a license suspended from a prior DUI with a warrant, and also was in possession of a glass smoking pipe and a small amount of methamphetamine. She went to jail. 
Monday, Dec. 9
  • A white, 1992 Chevy truck was stolen at 6:40 p.m. from the Burlington store lot at NewPark Mall. The truck's license is #7V91710.  
Sunday, Dec. 8
  • A black, 1999 four-door Saturn was reported stolen at 9:29 a.m. from the E-Z 8 Motel, with license #5ANV476.
  • A black, 1999 two-door Chevrolet Camaro was reported stolen at 2:57 p.m. from the 37000 block of Magnolia Street, with license #5MMW052.
Saturday, Dec. 7
  • Safeway theft suspect is being tracked down in Oakland. At 8:55 p.m., police answered a theft call from Safeway. The suspect was identified through video surveillance, plus a witness copied down the license plate from the getaway vehicle. The individual resides in Oakland and a case will be forwarded to the district attorney's office for a complaint.
Anyone with information about crimes in Newark is asked to call Newark Police non-emergency line at (510) 578-4237 or the Silent Witness Hotline at (510) 578-4000, ext. 500.
BoxcarWillie December 17, 2013 at 04:41 PM
Rumor is that recently one of the longtime coaches at NMHS got caught smoking weed behind the event center by the police. I know that this is only a ticketing offence but is there a reason this didn't get reported? This was on a school campus by someone who is responsible for our kids safety, that seems to be significant. It would be nice if the police didn't cover for the school administration and the athletics department. Coach Swift would never have let that happen with one of his coaches if he were still here. * disclaimer I could care less if you smoke weed, at home or somewhere safe. this is an issue because it was on a school campus, by someone in a position of responsibility and it's not being talked about in the open.
Vanessa Castañeda (Editor) December 17, 2013 at 06:26 PM
I agree that if an individual responsible for children on school grounds was involved in drug use it would be significant. I can talk to my reporter Sue about this. It may not have been in the logs. When did the coach get busted?

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