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Police Warn Residents of Official Looking Scams

Police Warn Residents of Official Looking Scams

Ripon, CA – A 62 year old Ripon resident was recently scammed out of $8,000 dollars, when she sent money to the Dominican Republic.  She received an official looking e-mail, that included official looking symbols, purportedly from the Food and Drug Administration.


The e-mail advised her that she was under investigation.  The investigation regarded federal court proceedings in the Dominican Republic.  She was advised to send thousands of dollars to the D.R. as part of a plea bargain deal.  She was advised that she was under surveillance, and if she didn’t pay the money, she would be arrested. 


After sending an initial $2, 000; the suspects demanded more money.  A total of $8,000 was sent by the victim.


1 victim ID'd in Patterson-area double homicide

PATTERSON, CA - Stanislaus County sheriff's investigators have identified one of two men found tied up and shot to death on the shoulder of Del Puerto Canyon Road about 10 miles west of Patterson Saturday morning.

Victim Carlos Martinez, 39, was from San Jose, said sheriff's Sgt. Anthony Bejaran.

Bejaran said detectives have learned Martinez was last seen getting into a BMX X5 SUV in a Target parking lot in Redwood City last Friday night.

Emergency medical responders and deputies were called to respond to the double slayings at 6:49 Saturday morning.













ID theft suspects busted in credit card-skimming case

SACRAMENTO, CA - It continues to happen.

Three individuals were arrested Thursday on suspicion of identity theft and burglary after a month-long investigation in which detectives with the Sacramento County sheriff's hi tech crimes unit uncovered credit/debit card skimming devices, thousands of credit card numbers, hundreds of bogus California identification cards and numerous counterfeit credit cards.

Sacramento County sheriff's Deputy Jason Ramos said most of the skimmers were found on gas station pumps, with the devices undetectable on the front of the pumps. The pump 's front panel would have to be opened to reveal the device, which is easily installed and doesn't set up any kind of alarm and doesn't disrupt service, Ramos said.

Booked into custody on $2 million bail each were suspects Gagik Verdyan, 34; Mihran Hakobyan, 27; and Karine Khachaturyan, 20.

Manteca PD seeking Wells Fargo bank robber

MANTECA, CA - The Manteca Police Department is seeking the man who robbed a Wells Fargo bank at 160 Main St. around 5:34 p.m. on Tuesday.

According to Manteca police reports, a man entered the bank and handed the teller a note demanding cash. The man threatened to shoot the teller if they did not comply, but no weapon was seen, the report detailed.

The bank teller complied, and the man fled out the south door towards the parking lot with an undisclosed amount of cash in hand.

The robber was described as a black man in his late 20's, 6'2" tall, with a thin build. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, a Kansas City Royals baseball cap, and reading glasses.

Anyone with information on the incident or the man's whereabouts was encouraged to contact the Manteca Police Dept.

Woman killed at Tracy motel is identified

TRACY, CA - A woman allegedly killed by a man at a Tracy motel Saturday evening was identified as 62-year-old Lalita Patel by the San Joaquin Sheriff's Department.

The circumstances surrounding Patel's death haven't been made public by police investigators but 25-year-old Steven Andrew Carreiro of Tracy was arrested on suspicion of murdering Patel at the Hacienda Inn Motel.

Carreiro wasn't wearing any clothes when officers arrived at the motel located on the 600 block of West 11th Street. They had been called in response to a man attacking women in the motel office, according to the police report.





Naked man suspected of killing woman in Tracy motel

TRACY - Tracy police are investigating a murder that took place in the Hacienda Motel Saturday night.

The Tracy Police Department received numerous 911 calls on Saturday around 7:12 p.m. with reports that a man was assaulting women in the office of the Hacienda Motel. The hotel is located in the 600 block of West 11th Street. 

When officers arrived, two people were attempting to subdue the suspect who was naked.

They also found a 62-year-old woman next to the office of the motel.  She was later pronounced dead by staff at Sutter Tracy Community Hospital. Her name has not been released.

Police say the naked suspect is 25-year-old Steven Carreiro currently of Tracy. He was arrested for the murder of the victim and was taken to San Joaquin County Jail.

The investigation is ongoing.

100 pounds of illegal fireworks seized in Tracy

TRACY, CA - Tracy police and fire staff took part in a seizure earlier this week of about 100 pounds of illegal fireworks.

Some of the fireworks appeared to be meant for consumers, but still are considered illegal in California. The rest appeared to be professional fireworks that would provide quite a thrill.

"This is explosive grade material, and professional equipment, in the hands of people who are not professionals," said Division Chief David Bramell of the Tracy Fire Department.

Bramell said it was an anonymous tip to Tracy police that led them to find the fireworks at a home in East Tracy.

"Where they launch is a concern, there's spectators, people and children, and then the potential of risk for injury and property damage is significant," said Bramell.

The man who was in possession of the fireworks has not been arrested.  But this case has been sent to the District Attorney's Office for possible prosecution.