Spotlight shining on homes and other Atascadero emergencies

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 Atascadero.

Lost and found12:18 p.m. Feb. 3, call to Atascadero Police Department

A woman said her phone was stolen at Vons the night before, and she believed it was now posted on Craigslist. The woman called back a few minutes later to say she had found her phone.

Lost his pants5:19 p.m. Feb. 3, 6955 El Camino Real

A man in his 30s was walking around in his underwear and approaching cars.

First day preparations7:23 p.m. Feb. 3, 5250 Palma Ave.

Someone in a dark SUV was shining a spotlight on several residences. It was determined to be a newspaper delivery person learning the route.

Smoky dinner8:37 p.m. Feb. 3, 8400 block of Paseo de Caballo

The Fire Department was called out for a possible structure fire at a home. It was found to be food left in the oven.

Hazardous waste6:53 p.m. Feb. 4, 7135 El Camino Real

A can full of syringes was found inside Vons.

Robin Hood3:54 p.m. Feb. 7, call to Atascadero Police Department

Someone reported the theft of a bow and arrow.

Long conversation2:41 p.m. Feb. 9, Valle Avenue

A man had reportedly been standing at the intersection since 9 a.m., pretending to talk on the phone. Officers were unable to locate anyone.