September 11, 2014

Help Us FInd This Bike Theft Suspect

When it comes to the low-down dirty things you can do….stealing a kid’s bike is one of them.  

On Monday (September 8th) at about 6:00 PM, we took a report from a 13 year old young man who was at Safeway on Mission Street getting groceries for his family.  While he was inside the store, this guy stole his bicycle:

The suspect is captured on store video taking the bicycle from the bike rack.  The image we have is from the suspect being inside the store just prior to the theft.

The suspect is described as a white male in his early 20’s wearing the baseball cap and black sleeveless shirt.  If you recognize him, please call us.  We’d love to get the bicycle back and we’d love to lock this guy up!!!

The stolen bicycle is described as a red cruiser.

As far as our 13 year old victim, we are making a bicycle available to him through our program with the Teen center using bicycles from our inventory of stored bicycles.

While we are at it…we had two bicycles reported stolen this morning (September 11th) while locked to a car bike rack near Maple and Center Streets.

The bikes were taken in the night between 9:00 PM last night and 8:00 AM this morning.  Here is a picture of the bikes. 

They are also described as:

A forest green Soma Saga brand men's bicycle, 8 speeds, with steel fenders, a brown leather seat, brown handle bar grips, and "Gator Skin" brand tires, valued at $1,200.

A dark blue Globe Vienna brand women's bicycle, with steel fenders, a black seat, black handlebar grips, and a generator attached to the front tire that was used to power the large head lamp affixed to the goose neck of the bicycle. This bicycle was valued at about $800. 

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.

September 10, 2014

Outstanding Patrol Work Catches Neighborhood Car Burglar

When Officer Jesse Pidcock came to us from Scotts Valley PD, we knew we were getting an Officer with solid policing skills.  Jesse showed off those skills early Monday morning catching a car burglar in a West side neighborhood. 
Officer Pidcock (Middle) Taking Oath of Office With Officers Gomez (Left) and Whaley (Right)
On September 8th at about 0120 hours (that’s “police talk” for early morning 1:20 AM), Officer Pidcock was patrolling through the 200 block of Sheldon.  He took note of a bicyclist riding past him at this early morning hour and continued to patrol through the neighborhood.

As he kept his eagle eye out, Officer Pidcock noticed a dome light on inside a car parked in a driveway.   Upon checking the car, he noticed the door was ajar and the glove box ransacked.  As he continued to check the neighborhood he found yet another car with the dome light on and door ajar. 

At this point he is focused on finding the bicyclist that passed him just a few minutes ago.  Officer Pidcock uses his best prowling/sleuthing skills and surprises the bicyclist at High Street and Highland Ave.  He stops the bicyclists and the investigation is underway.    

Our suspect is….you guessed it, on Probation for possession of stolen property.   A search of our suspect reveals a CPR bag, coins and binoculars.  Officer Pidcock sends Officer Nick Kramer back to contact the occupants of the homes where he found the dome lights on.  Guess what.....all of those items the suspect had were taken from a car on in the neighborhood. 

Our suspect, Mr. Eric Neff is arrested and the stolen property returned to the victim. 

Eric Neff - 46yrs, Transient
Mr. Neff has a long, long history of contacts and arrests by SCPD.  In 2014 alone we have arrested him 5 times and issued him 5 cites. 

Outstanding work by Officer Jesse Pidcock!!!  We are proud to have him on our team. 

September 9, 2014

Over the Past Several Days A Varitable Cornucopia of Probationers Arrested Again

Over the past several days, 6 suspects on 4 cases were arrested.  What they all had in common…..they were all involved in drug activity, and all of them were already on felony Probation.  Here are the highlights:

More GREAT Work by our Neighborhood Enforcement Team (NET).  On September 4th, NET was out and about once again making drug buys and arresting the sellers.
Case #1
Ms. Christina Foster and Ms. Shannan Vudmaska contacted our undercover officer in the 100 block of Coral Street at about 2:30 in the afternoon. 

Christina Foster - 37yrs, Transient 

Shannan Vudmaska - 46yrs, Transient
These two suspects conspired and worked together to sell methamphetamine to the undercover officer.   Both were arrested for the sale.  Both have multiple arrests and felony probation terms that include stay away orders from downtown. 

Ms. Foster is on felony Probation several times over.  She has been cited 11 times in 2014 for violations such as camping, open container of alcohol, etc.  She has been and arrested 5 times, just by SCPD alone since January.   Her arrests include warrants, drug offenses.   

Ms. Vudmaska is on felony Probation multiple times as well.  She has 4 arrests buy SCPD in 2014, mostly for drug offenses.  She has also been cited several times for municipal code violations. 
Case #2
At about 3:40 PM, our undercover NET officer contacted Mr. Peberdy in Grant Street Park.  

Robert Perberdy - 54yrs, Transient 
Mr. Peberdy offered a selection of either methampheamine or heroin to our officer.  After taking care of the pre-sale logistics, Mr. Peberdy sold methamphetamine to our officer near the bathroom in the park.    
Mr. Peberdy has a long history of arrests and cites, including 7 in 2014 alone.  He too is currently on Probation while he is selling drugs in the park.      

Case #3
Mr. Gonzales was contacted by our officer at about 6:40 PM at Ocean and Barson Streets.   

Albert Gonzales - 31yrs, Transient
This area has been plagued by drug sales and prostitution activity over the summer months.  We were looking for methamphetamine; however, Mr. Gonzales was benevolent enough to offer cocaine for sale instead.  He completed the sale to our officer on the street in plain view of the world.  Mr.  Gonzales has a long history of drug related arrests dating back to 2002.  And yes….he too, is on felony Probation….Again!    

In all the cases, once the sale was done, other officers swooped into to make the arrest and recover evidence like additional drugs and our “buy money”.  All of the suspects were arrested for sales of their respective drugs.     
Case #4
Our final case occurred in the morning of September 7th.  At about 9:50 AM, Officers were dispatched to a report of a suspicious car near W. Cliff Drive and Columbia.   The car was reported to be left running with two people passed out inside.  Officers arrived and found these two inside the car: 

Travis Harville – 35 yrs, Unknown Address

Kelsey Mangan – 19 yrs, Unknown Address

Both were in a car that was reported stolen out of Aptos about 48 hours previously.  Both were under the influence of narcotics at the time we contacted them.

Mr. Harville has a significant history of arrests for drugs, domestic violence and theft charges.  He is currently on felony Probation.    

Ms. Mangan already has an adult arrest history that includes drug related offenses.  She too was on felony Probation at the time of this arrest. 

Both were arrested for drug charges and being in possession of a stolen car.  

While Mr. Harville was the driver, Ms. Mangan is an associate of the stolen car owner, Mr Robert Beckwith.  We know Mr. Beckwith as he was convicted of Manslaughter in the 2002 murder of his girlfriend’s 64 year old mother, Elvira Burnson.  Elvira had threatened to cut off her daughter’s trust fund monies if she continued to be associated with Mr. Beckwith and his drug influenced ways.  In retaliation, Mr. Beckwith killed Ms. Burnson.  He has since served his prison time and is out of custody.   

There was much more that occurred over the past several days, but I am running out of blog space.  We will catch you up on those cases in the days ahead.  In the meantime….we’ll keep doing our part to arrest, re-arrest, and arrest again these repeat offenders. 

September 5, 2014

"Name That Thief" is back for September

Name That thief…Round 1 for September

OK Team…Are we ready for September’s Round 1 of “Name That Thief”......and as a little teaser....we should have good news for you next week on the ID of "El Mustachio". 

The first thing you should know is…..if you see this guy in your neighborhood, keep your eyes on him and call 9-1-1, he is a thief!! 

The second thing to know is that it pays to have a good video surveillance system. 

On September 3rd, our suspect went shopping for luggage that did not belong to him.  He found it in the backyard of a home on Main Street.  Our suspect entered the unsecured backyard and took luggage that was stored there. 

The home was covered nicely by security cameras allowing us to get these portraits of the suspect. 

Now that is a good video system.  Notice the clarity of the picture and placement of the camera allowing us the ability to identify the suspect.  Good job by this homeowner!

The victim was alerted to the presence of the suspect when his home security system alerted him of the motion activation.  This is a cool new feature on many home security systems that will alert you via your smartphone.   

The luggage was found a block away, but the suspect was nowhere in sight. 

The suspect is described as

White male adult
Unshaven with sandy blonde hair
Wearing a hit with LA logo
Blue Backpack with black straps. 

If you recognize out suspect, the fantastically talented Officer Adrienne Heebner would like to hear from you.  Refer to Case #14S-07302.  

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.