July 25, 2014

Great Patrol Work Takes a Stolen Gun Off The Street and Puts a Suspect In Jail

Our Officer was “Johnny On The Spot” early Wednesday morning as he was on patrol in the Downtown. 

Don’t let this photo fool you, Officer Cathrein (pronounced Kah-Train) has cat-like reflexes and Ninja skills!
Those skills resulted in the arrest of 20 year old Joshua Tomasian of Milpitas for possession of a loaded and stolen handgun, possession of cocaine, and drug paraphernalia. 
At about 1:30 in the morning, Officer Cathrein was driving south on Front Street near Soquel when the sounds of an argument caught his attention.  As he contacts one of the involved parties in a parking lot, he quickly realizes this is more than just a disagreement among gentlemen! 

The victim tells Officer Cathrein that three suspects confronted him and one of them brandished a handgun.  As Officer Cathrein is getting this information, the suspects are trying to flee in their car.

Not to be deterred, Officer Catherein gives chase and stops the car near Riverside and Broadway.    Since there was the possibility of weapons, we conducted a high-risk style car stop.  This is serious business, where we shut down traffic and the occupants of the getaway car are brought out at gunpoint. 

Inside the car was a loaded Sig Sauer .380 caliber handgun.  
Mr. Tomasian was identified as the suspect who brandished the handgun during the confrontation.  He was also found with cocaine in his possession. 

According to our suspect, he and his other two friends were here in Santa Cruz to visit friends and decided to take a drive to try and buy marijuana.  He and the victim couldn’t agree on how the sale would go down.  Somewhere in there, Mr. Tomasian decided it was a good idea to brandish his stolen handgun.  Of course, our victim knows nothing about a marijuana transaction, and he himself has a storied history of contact with our patrol staff.   

Turns out the gun was reported stolen out of Sunnyvale two weeks ago.  Mr Tomasian claimed he bought the gun on the streets of San Jose from some guy named “Paco”……Really???.....“Paco”.    

The two other car occupants were a 27 year-old from Fremont and an 18 year-old from San Jose.  There was nothing to charge them with, so they were questioned and released.  

Bottom Line….Outstanding work by Officer Cathrein and the rest of his patrol team!!!

July 24, 2014

Big Donation to Help Local Kids From Krassow Foundation

Santa Cruz Police PRIDE Program and BASTA Receive $25,000 Donation from Randy and Janet Krassow, Owners of Santa Cruz Memorial 

 Randy and Janet Krassow are just two of the nicest "coolest" people you would ever want to meet.   If you were drafting a team of people to build your community, they are definite first round picks.  

This generous $25,000 donation comes from the foundation that Mr. Randy Krassow created with Santa Cruz Attorney, Larry Brenner.  Their private foundation was created to provide funding to local youth programs and organizations as well as youth scholarships.   

Mrs. Janet Krassow, is no stranger to reaching out to help kids in our community!  She was the Executive Director of the Santa Cruz Boys & Girls from 1993 until she retired in 2004.  Janet was particularly pleased to make this gift; she said of this gift; 

“PRIDE and BASTA are great programs that make a tremendous impact on the lives of our at-risk youth.  We are proud to have been associated with these programs for the past 6 years and see this gift as our opportunity to provide further support for these worthwhile programs.”

We couldn't agree more Janet!

Mr. Randy Krassow was excited that the donated funds would go directly to our local at-risk youth intervention and prevention programs.  Randy says, 

“I’m proud to support the programs and want to thank Deputy Chief of Police Rick Martinez and Bryan Wall, Retired County Office of Education Deputy Superintendent, for their leadership. I want to especially acknowledge and thank Santa Cruz Police Officer Joe Hernandez.  Joe brought the PRIDE program to my attention several years ago. He is committed to providing opportunities to our community’s youth and giving them the tools they need to succeed. Joe is an exemplary person and a credit to our Police Department.”

We'll add a hearty "Amen" to that Randy!

The P.R.I.D.E. program (Personally Responsible Individual Development in Ethics) is a 12 week prevention/intervention course for at risk youth ages 12 to 15.  It is designed to help young teens understand the impact of their current life choices upon their futures and aid them in their decision making processes, with the ultimate goal of assisting them onto a path toward a positive, successful life.  The harsh reality of negative choices and the personal success of positive choices is a theme stressed throughout the program.     

BASTA (Broad Based Supervision and Treatment Alternatives) is a countywide collaborative formed for the purpose of keeping schools and the community safe by reducing and preventing youth gang violence, school truancy, suspensions, expulsions, and alcohol and drug abuse. The BASTA Steering Committee will provide oversight and engage in problem-solving, strategies by addressing the issues brought forward by the BASTA Region 1 and Region 2 Operational Teams.

OK, we might have gone a little crazy with the name acronyms....but we're government and we can't help giving everything an acronym.  Bottom line....these are great programs that are making a difference and this donation is a great investment in our community!

Join us in giving a standing ovation and doing "the wave" for the Krassow family.  

July 15, 2014

July Name That Thief - Round 2

We’re back after a short hiatus to deal with the harbor death investigation which took on a national media persona.

Round 2 of July “Name That Thief” features two cases.  Both cases are from Costco, who has amazing video for us.  In Case #1 we are still looking for the suspect.  In case #2 we have identified and arrested the suspects.  Here are your clues:
Case #1

Our suspect in this case is dubbed “El Mustachio the Magician” because he makes a Bose Soundlink speaker disappear before your very eyes…..actually after he steps behind an aisle.  

Aside from his amazing magic skills, he derives his name from the predominate mustache he is sporting along with those Ugg style boots.  He is described as a white male 30-40 years old. Here are still shots from the video:

This theft occurred on July 7th at around 2:00 PM.  EL Mustachio selects a Bose speaker and then ducks in behind an aisle to take the speaker out of the box and conceal it under his shirt and jacket.  El Mustachio then walks out of the store failing to pay for the speaker.  Too bad they can’t make is start playing music remotely!

Here is a video of El Mustachio selecting his box.        

Here is a video of the magic trick.  Watch closely as El Mustachio makes the box disappear while adjusting his shirt and holding his arms in that telltale “I have something hidden under my shirt” look. 

Help us identify El Mustachio the Magician before he makes more merchandise disappear from our stores.

Case #2

Case #2 features that classic moment when you realize you left the store and forgot to steal everything you wanted.

On July 6th, our two suspects entered Costco and selected electronics equipment including a universal charger and a Bose Soundlink.  Point of advice here….If you buy a used Bose Soundlink, there is a high probability it is stolen, so ask to see the receipt.  

They concealed their loot from the first run into the females purse and headed out the store.  Then it hits them….we forgot to steal everything on the list!!!  Back into the store they go.

This time they select a Blu-ray disc of the movie “Breaking Bad”…(the irony is rich here) and a pair of shoes.  They go back over to the Bose Soundlinks, remove the disc from the holder and the female slips off her shoes and puts on the new shoes.

Here is a video of them doing this second theft. 

This couple was destined for the Name That Thief contest, but excellent work by our officers identified them before I could get them on the blog.  In a subsequent case on July 13th, they were arrested and identified as:

Gelal Aydogu – 24 year old, Transient

 Shara Agostini – 27 years old, Transient

Aydogu is already “On Probation”.  Both have a history of drug related arrests.

This makes three theft cases from Costco alone.  They were booked for Burglary and Conspiracy. 

July 7, 2014

Round 1 of July Name That Thief

It is time for Round 1 of July’s “Name That Thief”.

We had a successful June with a number of suspects identified through your tips.  Let’s keep the momentum and see if you can help us identify July’s sticky-fingered crooks.   
Here’s your clues: 

My girlfriend and I decided it was time to do something with our hair, but salons can be so pricey these days.  We decided to take matters into our own hands….and purses.  To do our own hair, we would need professional quality products, so we visited the Westside Beauty Supply.

Using one of the oldest tricks in the book….My girlfriend or I would distract the clerk, while the other would load up our handbags with quite a few products.  We headed out the door with our loot.  The whole plan went so well, until we saw our pictures on the police department’s blog and Facebook.  Now we stand a real good chance of getting caught.   At least my hair will look good for the booking photo.

Here’s a video of me stealing hair care product and putting it in my bag. 

 This theft occurred on June 4th at around 1:00 PM.  Both suspects are described as white female adults in their early to mid 20’s.  Both are about 5’01” one with blonde hair, and one with brown hair.

For the tipster that identifies our suspect(s), we’ll throw in a bottle of your favorite Dollar Tree shampoo autographed by the Chief!

Refer to Case #14S-04512

As Always, you can contact our Investigations Unit with your tips, or use our Anonymous Tip Line at (831) 420-5995 

You can also leave an anonymous tip via our Website at www.santacruzpolice.com, or our Smartphone App available for Apple and Droid