Each day, dispatchers from the seven police departments throughout San Luis Obispo County receive dozens of calls from residents seeking help for issues ranging from minor disputes to serious crimes. The Tribune provides coverage of serious crimes every day on its news pages. Here is a look at some of the other, more unusual calls as found in recent police logs from Atascadero.
What a dope8:59 a.m. Sept. 24, Stadium ParkA man in clown makeup was seen smoking marijuana. Officers checked the area but did not find anyone.
Running to empty5 p.m. Sept. 25, 4000 block Dolores AvenueA pickup in a driveway had been running for more than an hour, but no one was home. An officer turned off the vehicle and left a note for the homeowner.
Crime against the environment7:08 a.m. Sept. 26, Curbaril AvenueTwo men in a white panel van with work racks on the top had been driving slowly in the area. The men were delivering phone books.
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Chasing cane9:12 a.m. Sept. 26, 9000 El Camino RealA citizen reported losing a cane.
Wrong number woes10:34 a.m. Sept. 27, 4700 block of Alamo AvenueA resident said he sent a picture of a family member to friends and received an inappropriate response back from an unknown person.
Currency confusion10:31 p.m. Sept. 27, 8000 El Camino RealA 7-Eleven employee reported receiving a counterfeit $20 bill from a customer. It was determined the bill was real and was able to be used at the business.
Tuckered out9:05 a.m. Sept. 28, 8100 block of Amapoa AvenueA man in his early 20s wearing a black hoodie was slumped over in a chair on the front porch of a residence. Officers talked with the man, who was waiting for a family member and was OK.
Time to walk away2:13 p.m. Sept. 28, 6705 El Camino RealA woman said an older man in the Sunken Gardens was smoking “too close” to her daughter and was mumbling to her.
Missing truck blues2:26 p.m. Sept. 28, 5505 El Camino RealA man said he let a friend borrow his truck during his three-year prison term, and now he doesn't know where the vehicle is.