Each day, dispatchers from the seven police departments in San Luis Obispo County take 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 alook at some of the other, more unusual calls as found in recent police logs from Paso Robles.
They’ll have a blue Christmas 2:30 p.m. Dec. 17, 180 Niblick Road
A Walmart employee asked for police help in finding a customer who purchased gift cards the day before. The transactions did not process properly, and the customer was out $650. The cards would likely not be valid when the recipients tried to use them
Suspicious subject 7:13 p.m. Dec. 17, 700 12th St.
A man walked up to a woman’s vehicle, but she drove off. She then saw the man walking around, looking into vehicles. Officers talked with the man, who was with his family and trying to ask for directions.
He’s a mean one 10:53 p.m. Dec. 17, 200 block of Via Magnolia
A teenager wearing a blue hoodie tried to steal a lawn ornament.
Mr. Grinch 11:22 p.m. Dec. 17, 400 block of Janice Street
A resident said a man wearing a blue hoodie tried to steal lawn ornaments — and left a Snoopy decoration on their lawn before leaving.
Debt collector 11:01 a.m. Dec. 18, 1471 Creston Road
A man wearing a shirt and tie was inside a restaurant, saying he was. going to stay until closing to collect debt if needed and that he would take it from the register. The man said he was from the “civil division” of the Sheriff’s Office, but it made a woman at the restaurant uncomfortable. Police checked with confirmed there was a keeper at the business and that the action was legitimate.
Runaway plate 5:08 p.m. Dec. 18, 1900 block of Patria Court
A license plate was found in a trellis in a back fence.
How alarming 11:54 a.m. Dec. 19, 100 Niblick Road
The manager of a business said he received a call from the alarm company saying they needed a passcode and that the police were on the way. The manager gave the code, and the alarm representative said the police response was canceled. The manager then checked with the alarm company, who had no record of such a call. The manager said it may have been an attempt to get the passcode to the business, and although he changed the passcode, he wanted police to respond as the perpetrators would not have known that.
Fast-food strike 12:31 p.m. Dec. 19, 1900 Ramada Drive
A man outside Jack in the Box had a sign that said he got food poisoning from the business. The man said he was trying to get information from the management, but they would not cooperate. The man said he planned to be at the location for a few days. According to officers, he was doing nothing illegal.
That backfired 2:25 p.m. Dec. 20, Walmart
A citizen said a woman was overheard using the “F” word, which made the citizen upset because the woman had her children with her. The citizen confronted the woman and asked her to stop using obscenities. The woman became verbally abusive, continued to use obscenities and flipped off the citizen.