November 25, 2014

Pre-Holiday Edition of "Name That Thief"

It is time for our pre-holiday edition of Name That Thief.  In this round, you will have two opportunities to…. say it with me…….Name – That – Thief. 

Case #14S-09631
In our first case, we see how quickly a suspect can get into an unlocked car and steal things….even with good lighting and video cameras.  In giving advice to the community, time and again we remind everyone to (1) Lock Your Doors, (2) Don’t Leave Valuables Out In The Open. Here is video #1

This suspect enters this unlocked truck and takes an iPod and pocket knife in just about 2 minutes time.  The theft happened on Thursday November 20th around 5:30 PM in the 100 block of Mission Street. 

In video #2 our suspect heads out of the truck, and you can see his “lookout” wingman enter the picture momentarily.  Here is video #2:

Both look to be white males in their late teens or early twenties.  If you recognize them, send us a tip using the info at the bottom of this post. 

Case #14S-09598
In our second case, this suspect steals a couple of pairs of socks from CVS by stuffing them down the front of his pants and walking out the store.  This event happened on Wednesday November 19th around 8:50 PM.  Here is our suspect.... pre-sock stuffing

With the holidays looming, this kind of behavior is sure to get our suspects on the legendary “Naughty List.  Help us catch them to increase your chances of being on the “Nice List”. 

Have a great Thanksgiving!!!

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Santa Cruz Police Department Investigations Unit (831) 420-5820.  Anonymous tips can also be sent to the police department through our Tip Line (831) 420-5995, or from our Website; .  Tipsters can also submit an anonymous tip via our smartphone app or from an SMS text.  Visit our Website for instructions.

November 24, 2014

Santa Cruz High School Update - Monday November 24th

Our team of detectives worked through the weekend sorting through forensic information. We also continue to work and consult with our Federal colleagues.    There is no new information to publicly report, but we are pleased with the progress of the investigation.

Meanwhile, we continue to have additional security measures in place at Santa Cruz High School as well as our other city schools.   We are confident in our security assessment and we remain committed to ensuring a safe campus environment.  

An unidentified person claiming to be responsible for the threat, again contacted the Sentinel newspaper today (Monday November 24th).  They claimed to be responsible for the arson of vehicles in the Aptos area that occurred overnight.  In coordination with the Sheriff's Office, we were unable to confirm any of the crime scene details provided by the person, and deemed the claim of responsibility was not credible.

In spite of the lack of credibility in the claim, we consulted with the school district and without hesitation; they have decided to provide additional overnight security to a number of campuses, including Santa Cruz High School.  The additional security will stay in place at least through this week, even while school is not in session. 

Thank you all for staying engaged as well as your support and patience.  The security of our students and staff is a top priority for us.  We will update the community with any breaking information on the status of the investigation. 


November 21, 2014

Update on Threat to Santa Cruz High School

This morning the Sentinel published an article indicating they had email and Twitter conversations with the suspect in the threats at Santa Cruz High School. A link to the article is here.

Although the person communicating with the Sentinel does have some knowledge about the original email, we cannot confirm or validate that they are conversing with the actual suspect.   We are extremely cognizant of the potential for copycats or friends of the actual suspect trying to distract the investigation.  

If this person is actually the suspect, they can end the public concern by simply surrendering to the police department allowing us to resolve the case and relieve community concerns.  

Additionally, we cannot confirm whether or not the actual suspect is a student.  Therefore, we cannot confirm the claim that they attended school yesterday.  If they did attend school, we are confident that we had sufficient officers and a plan to monitor and respond to any threats on or around the campus.  

There have not been any additional threats made.  The police department has been continuously working on this case to determine the origin and identity of the threat.  We continue to monitor the threat potential to the students and staff.  

If, at any point, we believe there is a legitimate threat of violence, we will consult with school administration and take all necessary steps to secure the campus.   We will not gamble with the safety and security of our school campuses.  

Last night, our detectives detained and interviewed two persons of interest in conjunction with both this case, as well as a separate unrelated case.   We were prepared to serve a search warrant at their home.  The persons were cooperative and allowed the seizure of computer equipment for examination.  They also shared information about potential suspects and people with the technological savvy to be involved with this threat.   

Detectives are continuing to use software tools to identify a suspect, as well as looking into possible suspects based on tips and information.  This is an active and dynamic investigation with information changing hour by hour.  

When we have solid and reliable information to report, we will update the community.  

November 17, 2014

Officer Injured Arresting a Hallucinating Suspect

It started like many other calls for service of this nature.  The dispatcher reports a suspicious person acting out in the 100 block of Walnut Ave.   The type of call you can go to a dozen times on any given shift. 

When our officer arrived, he encounters Mr. Chase Desjardin acting out and clearly under the influence of something.  Mr. Desjardin is 21 years old and hails from Scotts Valley. 
The challenge for the officer arriving on scene is to figure out what the substance is and try to safely take him into custody.  As backup arrives, it is time to take action.  In this kind of case, the situation can go sideways at any juncture.  The problem is, when suspects are under the influence, normal techniques don’t work, and they can display unusual strength. 

In this case, Mr. Desjardin decided to fight with the officers because, as he reported, he was “seeing ghosts”.  It took several officers to finally get Mr. Desjardin safely into custody and into the back of the police car. 

In the course of the fight a 4 year veteran officer was injured.  Initially, it was thought his ankle was broken, but the latest x-rays are telling us it is a serious sprain.  He will be off work while he recovers from the injury. 

Mr. Desjardin was taken to the hospital for observation while he detoxed from whatever he was on.  He was eventually booked into jail.    

So far this year, we have had 187 cases of suspects Resisting Arrest.  While those cases usually result in some bumps and bruises to the officers, this year we have had 15 officers get medical treatment and miss work because of injuries received from a suspect fighting with them.  Those injuries range from concussions, sprains, tears, and breaks to stab wounds. 

Just goes to show; no call is ever routine!  Here is wishing our officer a speedy recovery. 

November 13, 2014

Name That Thief is Back.... Help Us Identify a Suspect Stealing a Security Camera

"Name That Thief" Is Back

This time it is a video round, with a couple of still images to help.  You have been remarkable in helping us identify our thieves this year.  Let's see if we can identify this one!!  

On November 10th, we took a report from a homeowner who had his video camera stolen in the middle of the night.  The good news is that the camera captured and stored the thief’s image and he moved in for the take. 

The suspect appears on the right hand edge of the screen smoking a cigarette in the middle of the night.  He then moves in to snag the camera.  The video shows him struggling to remove the camera and eventually he is able to dislodge it from the mounting plate.  Our victim wakes up the following morning to find his camera has been taken……but alas, there is video.  
Here are a few still images we are able to capture from the video. 

Help us identify this thief and make his next image a mugshot!!

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Santa Cruz Police Department Investigations Unit (831) 420-5820.  Anonymous tips can also be sent to the police department through our Tip Line (831) 420-5995, or from our Website; .  Tipsters can also submit an anonymous tip via our smartphone app or from an SMS text.  Visit our Website for instructions.