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There's No Gold in Them Thar Bars

The following information from Nov. 1-4 was supplied by the Novato Police Department. Arrests do not indicate a conviction.

The Headliner:

4:20 p.m., Nov. 2 — An unknown suspect convinced a person to pay $4,000 for gold bars worth a reported $20,000, but the person later discovered it wasn't gold. A fraud case was taken.

Nov. 1

2:47 a.m. — A noninjury collision was reported at Nave Drive and Hamilton Parkway. A company reported that one of its drivers hit a sign in a center median and the driver would wait in a parking lot for an officer to arrive.

8:44 a.m. — Wires were cut and a battery stolen from a wood chipper parked overnight near Redwood Boulevard and Village Circle.

9:10 a.m. — A 9-year-old boy on Rancho Creek Drive called 911 to report that his mother was denying him access to a computer. The boy also said his mother yells at him all the time. An officer was told that the boy was possibly autistic and the parent was contacted.

12:05 p.m. — Walls on an access road near Alice Street and Franklin Avenue were vandalized with graffiti. Estimated damage was $1,000.

12:58 p.m. — A suspect using the identity and driver's license of a resident of Maybeck Street rented a U-Haul trailer and did not return it for 30 days. An identity theft case was taken.

6:36 p.m. — Three rifles were stolen from the backseat of a vehicle on Enfrente Road.

Nov. 2

3:44 a.m. — A person was running up and down Simmons Lane and then stopped in the 1100 block and pounded one someone's door. The person was arrested on a drug charge.

6:36 a.m. — A 2001 GMC Sierra was stolen from the 700 block of Storybook Court.

7:40 a.m. — Several cars were found with their doors open in the 2500 block of Topaz Drive. Nothing appeared missing from the vehicles. A suspicious circumstances case was taken.

9:46 a.m. — A girl was attacked in the front yard of a home on Buchanan Street. An assault case was taken.

10:43 a.m. — A vehicle was stolen from the 800 block of Vallejo Avenue.

10:47 a.m. —A San Marin High student was reportedly out of control and yelling at an assistant principal. The student was placed on a psychiatric hold at a local hospital.

3:06 p.m. — A white Chevy struck a gold Volvo at the intersection of Olive Avenue and Redwood Boulevard. A hit-and-run case was taken.

3:58 p.m. — A stolen 2000 Honda Civic from Novato was recovered by Richmond police.

4:05 p.m. — A noninjury collision between a gray Chevy Tahoe and a gray sedan occurred in the 100 block of Rowland Boulevard.

6:56 p.m. — Someone reported hearing shots fired near Sinaloa Middle School. School staff members were at the site and didn't hear anything.

10 p.m. — A man said his wife punched him in the head while she was drinking at their home on Feliz Road. The woman was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence.

10:07 p.m. — A girl said she was jumped and struck by a group of girls outside a business on Grant Avenue. The girl a bump on the head but refused medical assistance. An assault case was taken.

Nov. 3

10:42 a.m. — A Ford pickup and trailer were stolen from a residence on Chamberlain Avenue.

11:24 a.m. — Police responded to a fire on the roof of a convenience store on Enfrente Road. The fire was caused by workers on the roof.

1:21 p.m. — A woman on Inyo Circle said her ex-husband hit and kicked their 6-year-old son "a little too hard" while roughhousing. The ex-husband also threatened to stab the woman if she ate his sandwich.

1:19 p.m. — A girl on Quercus Court cut herself and required 17 stitches, then was transferred to the psychiatric ward at Marin General Hospital.

3:22 p.m. — A mother locked her 15-year-old daughter out of a house on Valley Oak Court after a disagreement. An officer provided advice.

3:47 p.m. — A solicitor started yelling at a homeowner on Lindsay Court when the homeowner wouldn't buy a magazine. Solicitor was unable to be located.

5:48 p.m. — An officer found that four suspicious subjects on Almond Court were just getting haircuts at a friend's house.

11:13 p.m. — A vandalism case was taken at Sinaloa Middle School. Details unavailable.

Nov. 4

2:01 a.m. — One person was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault after an incident in the 300 block of Enfrente Road. Details unavailable.

10:40 a.m. — Cordless power tools were stolen from a locked garage on Olive Avenue.

1:20 p.m. — A resident of Ridge Road said two men drove by the house and took a photo of it, then left when they noticed the reporting party was watching. An officer was unable to locate the suspects.

2:51 p.m. — A man on Nave Drive was threatened one day after a domestic violence incident. The man was put in a car and told to withdraw money and pay for the other person's phone. The man provided the money out of fear of physical harm. A robbery case was taken.

4:24 p.m. — A wallet was stolen from a car in the 800 block of Diablo Avenue. A punch-out mechanism was used to gain access to the vehicle in a parking lot. The estimated loss is $143.87.

5:29 p.m. — A man was seen looking over gates and into a children's play area at a church on San Marin Drive. The man was contacted, cited and released on a Sonoma County misdemeanor warrant. There was no merit to suspicious activity at the church.

9:45 p.m. — A resident of the 800 block of Diablo Avenue said a neighbor has been yelling at her over the past month in a dispute over cigarettes. Advice was given.

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Lou Judson November 13, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Oh, and threatening to stab your wife for eating your sandwich? How do officers spend their time back at the station, laughing or crying?
Brent Ainsworth November 13, 2012 at 04:34 PM
I hear you, Lou, but I'm not sure Novato residents or police officers take any sort of threat as a joke. Believe me, I could report on domestic violence 24-7 — just turn on the police scanner to have an eye-opening experience about often it happens. I think your point is that Novato is a pretty safe city compared to so many other cities, and lots of folks here are mighty proud of that.
Anthony November 13, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Its a great feeling knowing that I feel completely safe (well almost) walking around Novato at night :)
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr November 14, 2012 at 10:30 AM
If someone acts like a crook, they deserve to be treated like a crook. If someone expects to get $20,000 worth of gold for $4,000; did they think that they were getting a bargain because it was stolen property? Why else would anyone sell $20,000 worth of gold for $4,000? "Nov. 2 — An unknown suspect convinced a person to pay $4,000 for gold bars worth a reported $20,000, but the person later discovered it wasn't gold. A fraud case was taken."
Lou Judson November 14, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Thanks Brent. I wasn't belittling the threat, that is serious, but the reason given is so ridiculous as to be laughable - certainly that person has a lot of messed up stuff going on, maybe lost a house and a job and despondent for any number of reasons, but for eating a sandwich? A ridiculous excuse! In the Berkeley examples, the guys with the guns are looking for survival, not to hurt anyone. Fortunately that is less of a problem in Marin. Except when they steal out cars hat ae recoverd in Richmond! I think the county is far more of a factor than the town. I wish Patch was for Marin and not balkanized into what, ten different locations? I read as many of them as I can and wish there awere a Marin County Patch.

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