April 21, 2014

Easter Weekend Roundup With 3 Cases of Interest

The Easter weekend found the Santa Cruz Police Department responding to 837 calls for service around the community.  We were hoppin' around from call-to-call like the Easter Bunny!!  Among the weekend excitement were these three incidents: 

Burglary suspects caught after breaking into Santa Cruz Floral on Ocean Street. 

Early Saturday morning around 3:15 AM, we responded to an alarm at the floral shop.  We found the glass front door to the business broken and a glass door to a cooler inside the business smashed. 

Alert community members called in a description of a grey 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer seen leaving the area.  It was a great tip, as we found the car at the Chevron station @ Ocean and Water Street.  Seems our suspects forgot to fill up prior to committing the heist and trying to get out of town.

In and around the car were these four, with the “wheelman”, Mr. Timney “fillin’ ‘er up”.  
Matthew Timney - 20 Years - Castro Valley, CA

Rebecka Quezada - 18 Years - Castro Valley, CA 

Diego Delgado - 19 Years - San Leandro, CA

Landon Spearman III - 18 Years - Castro Valley, CA

Seems these three traveled from out of town to attend a party.  During their stay they decided to burglarize the floral business.  We're not sure who they intended the flowers for.  

Three of the four are from Castro Valley, with the fourth being from San Leandro.  All four had glass shards in their shoes after walking through the broken glass from the front door, and then breaking the glass door on a cooler inside the business.  Our four suspects were found with stolen property from the florist in the car with them.  Ms. Quezada also had some prescription narcotics (that she doesn’t have a prescription for) in her possession.   All four were booked into County Jail for charges related to this burglary. 

Citizens Help Store Security Capture Theft Suspect

On Saturday April 19th around 5:30 PM, three family members were finishing up the classic run to the grocery store at Safeway on Morrissey, when they noticed store security fighting with a theft suspect.  The Good Samaritans wasted no time and jumped into action assisting the long arm of the law. Thanks to their efforts, this guy is in custody:
James Wentworth - 33 Years - Transient
Our suspect, Mr. James Wentworth, broke free and fled through the Post Office and eventually into a neighborhood.

Undeterred, the family gave chase through backyards and over fences.  Mr. Wentworth attempted to deliver a knuckle sandwich to one of the family members but quickly found it was “returned to sender”..... with more effective results.  After knocking Mr. Wentworth down, the rest of the family arrived to help hold him down.  The cavalry arrived and transported Mr. Wentworth to jail.   

Three cheers and high-fives all around to this family for their help.  Mr. Wentworth lists his address as 115 Coral Street or "transient".  He recently arrived in town and has already established a record of contacts and arrests. 

Question:  Dude….Where’s My Cellphone?
Answer:  In the suspect’s pocket

Our victims in this case left their car parked in the 500 block of Water Street on Saturday April 20th at around 11:00 PM.  When our victims returned to their car about 15 minutes later, they discovered they had left the sunroof open and their cell phones were missing from the car.  They used another friend’s cell phone to access the cell phone tracker on one of the stolen phones.   

When our officer arrived, they tracked the phone to Ocean and Franklin Streets, (just a few blocks up). 

We radioed additional officers who attempted to stop our suspect, Mr. Evan Hunt.  Mr. Hunt is 20 years old and lists his address as 115 Coral Street.  Mr. Hunt was arrested and/or cited 7 times in 2013. 
Evan Hunt - 20 Years - Transient
Mr. Hunt was on a bicycle and took off.  The chase was on!!! 

Over the river and through the woods, we chased Mr. Hunt until our Canine Argus corralled him near the end of Pryce Street.  Good Boy Argus!!!  Here is Argus in action at a recent training! 

Mr. Hunt was found in possession of the phone that had the tracking software.  The other phone is still missing.  Also found in Mr. Hunt’s possession was a pair of bolt cutters. 

Mr. Hunt was booked into County Jail for Possession of Stolen Property, Resisting Arrest, and Possession of Burglary Tools.  

Folks....That's a wrap on our Easter Weekend!