Burglars steal $10,000 worth of merchandise from Napa auto shop
Burglars stole more than $10,000 in merchandise early Tuesday morning from Audio House, an auto shop on Soscol Avenue that specializes in aftermarket car customization, Napa Police said.
Suspects pried open the front door and set off a burglar alarm in the pre-dawn, which prompted officers' arrival, police said. Surveillance video captured the getaway vehicle.
Officers identified a suspect vehicle and have leads, police said. .
$70,000 in gold jewelry reported stolen from Napa shop
About 50 men's rings — a mix of new, vintage, and white and yellow gold — worth $70,000 were allegedly stolen in broad daylight Monday from a jewelry store.
Officers responded to Villa Iris Imports, 618 Third St., at 4:27 p.m., according to Napa Police.
The victim, who did not see the alleged theft happen, believes one man distracted him while an accomplice reportedly stole the rings.
The case is under investigation.
Thieves hit Napa County cell phone tower
Thieves struck a cell tower in the Carneros area this week, making off with expensive backup batteries that power the tower in emergencies, the Napa County Sheriff's Office reported.
The thefts, which occurred at a tower in a vineyard off Duhig Road, were reported Tuesday by Pacific Gas & Electric which manages towers for AT&T and Verizon, said Henry Wofford, a spokesperson for the Sheriff's Office.
The thieves took two shelves of batteries, each valued at $2,000 and weighing 100 pounds, Wofford said. The batteries were located at ground level at the base of the tower.
This was the first theft of this type in Napa County, but law enforcement in Sonoma and Sacramento counties reports many similar thefts in their areas, Wofford said.
The Sheriff's Office is asking the public to be on the lookout for suspicious activity near cell stations. Most are located off the beaten path, he said.
Detectives arrest Fairfield man for suspected attempted pimping in Napa
Posing as a 16-year-old female, undercover agents with the Napa Special Investigations Bureau used social media to arrest a 31-year-old Fairfield man for attempted pimping of a minor.
NSIB said this was another in a string of human trafficking investigations that have resulted in arrests of men suspected of attempting to lure victims into the commercial sex trade.
On Aug. 30, using leads developed in these earlier investigations, NSIB detectives conducted an undercover human trafficking operation in the city of Napa, the Bureau said in a news release.
The suspect, Cecil Hutchinson III, was arrested without incident when he showed up to pick up the victim, the Bureau said.
Hutchinson was booked into the Napa County jail. The Napa County District Attorney's Office has filed charges of attempted human trafficking of a minor, attempted pimping of a minor and attempted pandering of a minor, said Lt. Gary Pitkin with NSIB. These charges are felonies punishable in state prison.
NSIB investigates both drug trafficking and human trafficking in Napa County. Community members cam call NSIB at 253-4458 with tips. Callers can remain confidential and/or anonymous.
Callers can also report tips anonymously through NSIB’s Drug Hotline (707-224-DRUG (3784)); via Napa Police Department’s Tip411 system; or through the Napa Valley Crime Stoppers (NVCS) Hotline (1-800-450-9543), at their website http://napavalleycrimestoppers.com) or via anonymous text (274637 with NVCS at the beginning of the tip).
CHP: Napa man arrested for DUI after plowing car into tree
A Napa man was hospitalized and arrested Tuesday night after crashing his Audi into a tree while driving under the influence, the California Highway Patrol said.
Clark Carson, 25, was alone, driving southbound on Old Sonoma Road., south of Congress Valley Road., at about 10:20 p.m. He veered off the road and plowed into a tree, causing major damage to the front of his vehicle, the CHP said.
Carson sustained major injuries and was taken to Queen of the Valley Medical Center, where he was arrested by the California Highway Patrol for suspected driving under the influence.
American Canyon resident admits to stealing from nonprofit
Claudia Humphrey, American Canyon resident, pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to stealing public money and trying to cover it up while head of a Fairfield nonprofit.
Humphrey, former head of domestic violence nonprofit LIFT3 Support Group, transferred more than $270,000 in federal grant funding to her own bank account, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release that cited court documents. She used more than $50,000 of federal grant money on travel, shopping and payments to family, prosecutors said.
The money was to be used solely for victims of domestic violence.
Humphrey attempted to interfere with an audit of LIFT3 by falsifying purchase documents to suggest computers were purchased, according to the release. She also falsified expense and time sheets.
She could face a fine of $250,000, 20 years in prison for falsifying records in a federal investigation and 10 years in prison for stealing public money.
The case was prosecuted in the federal Eastern District of California in Sacramento.
U.S. District Judge Troy L. Nunley is scheduled to sentence her on Jan. 3.
Stolen Napa car set ablaze in CVS parking lot
A stolen car was discovered early Tuesday morning engulfed in flames in a south Napa drug store parking lot, police reported.
The vehicle was found at 6 a.m. in the parking lot of the CVS at 291 S. Coombs St., according to a Napa Police Department spokesperson. Officers contacted the owner of the car and determined that it had been stolen overnight from a Napa business.
Officers are investigating.
Napa police officer crashes car while responding to a call
A Napa police officer crashed a police car into another vehicle while responding to a report of a fight and foot chase in downtown Saturday night, police reported.
Both vehicles sustained major damage, Lt. Chase Haag said on Monday. The officer, who was not identified, was transported to Queen of the Valley Medical with a complaint of pain, then released, he said.
The other vehicle contained three people. One was transported to the Queen with a complaint of pain, then released, he said.
The police said Monday afternoon that the California Highway Patrol was handling the investigation. An early conclusion indicated the officer was at fault and attempted to drive through the intersection against a red light, Haag said.
A resident said the crash happened at the intersection of Second and Jefferson streets shortly after 8 p.m. as the officer came down Second toward downtown at a high rate of speed.
The other vehicle contained a man, a woman and baby, the neighbor told the Register.
The officer was responding to a reported fight in the vicinity of Coombs and Second streets, police said. Officers arresting two suspects while a third got away.
Police: Two men jailed after fight in downtown Napa
A fight Saturday night in downtown Napa ended with the arrests of two residents, according to police.
At 8:48 p.m., bicycle officers patrolling downtown tried to stop three men who were running at Coombs and Second streets, but the men ignored their commands and continued running, according to Sgt. Todd Shulman. Two of the men were quickly detained by police but the third was not caught, he said.
Police learned the two suspects, identified as 21-year-old Eddy Olvera Haro and 19-year-old Eric James Miller, had been involved in a fight with a man and woman at First and Coombs streets during which the woman, who was pregnant, was knocked to the ground, according to Shulman, who said the incident was gang-related. An off-duty Marin County sheriff's deputy had attempted to detain the two men before their arrest by Napa officers, Shulman added.
Both suspects were booked into the Napa County jail on suspicion of misdemeanor counts of assault and battery and obstructing police officers as well as felony criminal conspiracy, with an enhancement for gang-related activity.
Napa Police: Vehicle investigation yields concealed .38 caliber revolver
An investigation of an illegally parked vehicle Thursday afternoon resulted in the arrest of one of its occupants on suspicion of possessing a stolen handgun, Napa Police reported.
Police found the vehicle parked near an apartment complex on the 2400 block of Old Sonoma Road at 4:45 p.m., Sgt. Todd Shulman said. The vehicle contained one adult, Antonio Isaac Zamora, 19, of Napa and two juveniles, he said.
Officers found a loaded .38 caliber revolver in a backpack. The weapon had been reported stolen, he said.
Police also confiscated a bag of marijuana, a smoking pipe and digital scales. When a search warrant was served at Zamora's residence, police found ammunition, Shulman said.
Zamora was arrested and booked into the Napa County jail for possible charges of possessing a stolen handgun, possessing a concealed handgun in a vehicle, contributing to the delinquency of minors and gang activity.
Napa Police: 2 arrested following investigation of stabbings
Two men, each with stab wounds, were arrested by Napa Police early Thursday morning on suspicion of stabbing each other.
Police were called to the Chevron station at the intersection of Imola Avenue and South Jefferson Street at 3:42 a.m.
Police said they found James Byron Malone, 53, covered in blood with a stab wound to his head. Malone alleged that Trevor James Handy, 34, had stabbed him at a location on Cabot Way, police said.
While police were at the scene, Handy arrived and said he had been involved in a fight with Malone who had stabbed him in the leg, police said.
Both men were booked at the Napa County jail for investigation of assault with a deadly weapon after they were treated for their injuries.
Handy was on parole for an earlier conviction, and Malone was on probation, police said.
Napa Police: phones stolen following glass smash at Metro PCS store
Napa Police responded at 3:30 a.m. Thursday to an alarm at the Metro PCS store, 1137 Lincoln Ave., and said an unknown number of phones were stolen.
Video surveillance inside the business showed three people entering the store after smashing the glass entry, police said.
The case is under investigation.
Man arrested after reported DUI hit-and-run crash in Napa
Napa Police reported the arrest of a driver in connection with a two-vehicle collision early Saturday morning.
The crash occurred at 1 a.m. at Soscol Avenue and Third Street, and involved a 1999 Toyota Avalon sedan and a Ford F-150 pickup, according to Sgt. Todd Shulman. The man at the wheel of the Toyota tried to drive off, but made it only two blocks to Bailey and Third Streets near the Napa Valley Expo before his damaged car broke down and officers were able to detain him, Shulman said. Two people inside the Ford were treated at the scene for minor injuries but were not hospitalized, according to Shulman.
Police identified the driver of the Toyota as 34-year-old David Patrick Burnside of Napa, who was booked into the Napa County jail on suspicion of causing injury by driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an injury accident and driving with a suspended license.
Update: American Canyon police car involved in a collision during a pursuit on Highway 29
A U-Haul van that may have contained $1,000 worth of stolen tools from a Napa supply store was still being sought as of mid-day Wednesday following a police pursuit through American Canyon and Vallejo that contributed to a police vehicle collision.
The suspects, described as two black males, fled the Home Depot on Soscol Avenue in a U-Haul van early Wednesday morning, according to the American Canyon Police Department. The Napa dispatch center warned surrounding law enforcement to be on the lookout for the van.
A Napa County Sheriff's deputy spotted the van near Napa Valley College, but the southbound vehicle would not pull over and drove south at a high rate of speed, authorities said.
About 7:30 a.m., the U-Haul went through the intersection of Highway 29 and American Canyon Road with an American Canyon Police officer close behind, the Sheriff's Office said.
As the patrol vehicle entered the intersection, it collided with a minivan that was westbound on American Canyon Road, the Sheriff's Office said in a news release. Meanwhile, the U-Haul continued southbound on Highway 29.
Both the officer and the driver of the minivan were taken to Queen of the Valley Medical Center with complaints of pain, officials said.
The U-Haul went into Vallejo and exited onto Highway 37 at Wilson Avenue, the California Highway Patrol said. The van was driving recklessly at high rates of speed, so American Canyon officers stopped following it, the CHP said.
The investigation continues, with witnesses asked to contact the American Canyon Police Department at (707) 253-4451.
An earlier report said there was a second collision at Highway 29 and American Canyon Road, but American Canyon Police said they had information as to only one.