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Scanner Reports 5-25-12
updated: May 25, 2012, 7:05 AM
By Roger the Scanner Guy
Finally it's FRYday the weekend is upon us and it's Miller/420 Time, beach time, hiking time, enjoying life time, etc. etc. etc. Read a comment the other day about shoplifting basically telling me what to do as far as sharing my little stories. Basically, statistics or shut up. I write about things I see with my own eyes to me they speak louder than statistics which as far as I'm concerned does not prove to me whether or not something has really happened.
I worked for two major retail department stores as a store dick in the 80's here in Santa Barbara. One was in La Cumbre Plaza I caught a janitor "red handed" stealing gold chains from the jewelry department. I citizens arrested him and took him to security. He was released, I was told to leave him alone because he was a good worker. A couple years later I worked in another department store in the 1100 Block of State street I observed a woman who was about to retire stealing baby clothes, a lot of baby clothes, I told my supervisor same thing happened. I worked undercover security for a manufacturing company in Goleta because a lot of product was getting ripped off. I identified the perp turned in information and proof. I guess any other employee would have been fine but this one sold good drugs everyone liked. I'm not talking just marijuana. The jerk came after me I stood my ground and he backed off. It was scary though I got fired and got a knife pulled on me. I have known many employee thieves through the years most of them the bosses little pet.
I had a roommate that was a cashier in a liquor store he cleaned the place out. I really could not understand the mentality of people ripping off their own employers, until I got older and had a little experience being treated like dirt by a few. Still that sort of thing really wasn't for me. I just did not consider their stuff mine and we had agreed to a price when I was hired. Of course there were some employers that fed me as part of the job and let me have refreshments. Being the over indulger that I am I ate a little more and drank a little more than was intended. Although I didn't know I was doing anything wrong I was just having lunch. I would have bought my own food had I been told to do so.
Sometimes I was offered payoffs to look the other way, or when I was in the tourist industry get something for someone. Connect them for drugs or a hooker. I told those people I was a Christian and I'd pray for them they usually left me alone after that. As a young man on the streets I did illegal things to survive when I had to get money for food or my drug of choice beer. In the early 70's I was considered to be incorrigible and was sent through the Scared Straight program at Terre Haute Prison in Indiana. It scared me for about a month then I returned to my former lifestyle. I wasn't really a thief though I was a "look out guy" for a while. And I indulged in some violence to pay back old debts. This is when I was a juvenile. The only times I ever ripped off something was when I was too drunk to realize what I was doing, or when I needed to survive something, or if someone was trying to hurt me. That happened a lot to kids on the streets adults wanted sex. When I got into the 12 Steps after I came to Santa Barbara it changed me and committing crimes to survive became wrong. But having the experience of breaking the law gave me the experience to be a store dick, and to do undercover security. Just in case anyone wants to know if not don't read it. Oops, too late, ha,ha.
I'm not ashamed of my past so feel free to rub it in a little. Some people do change. I have found through the years though that those who seem to be the straightest arrow in the pack are not even close, and statistics prove nothing to me.
Here are your Scanner Reports, Wednesday:
Subjects screaming somewhere near Cold Springs Trail Head maybe they just came to in the same bed and don't know each other.
Smoke check 101 Northbound near the Ave of the Flags. I think they found a spot fire in the center divider.
273.5 Domestic violence suspect on Camino De Vida.
484 Investigation at the Harbor View Inn 28 West Cabrillo.
415 Domestic Father Son on West Padre Son got hauled away fighting the police. I guess he never heard that song, "I fought the Law and the Law Won."
CSI Call on West Padre for the 415 Domestic.
370 Investigation parking lot 11 500 Anacapa I think that is urinating in public. I might have the code off a little.
Medical Emergency for an unresponsive subject on Zink Ave. 300 Block.
Medical Emergency for a man in a white truck at Quarantina and Bond not sure but I think he was dead.
288 Child Molestation investigation at Rape Crisis.
Another 288 Child molestation investigation on Canon Perdido.
Anna's Services possibly in possession of a counterfeit bill.
Strong Arm Robbery in the 1600 Block of Bath Street.
SBPD Running a transient at an unknown location in Santa Barbara that is on parole and is a registered Arsonist. Just what we need during fire season.
Somewhere in the County a Jack Russell Dog was ran down and killed in traffic.
Unknown location in the county department store two electricians were caught spying into a woman's dressing room thru a ceiling.
Report of 11-7 Hot Prowl inside a residence at 984 Miramonte reporting party said suspect left thru back window police searched the area I never heard if anyone was found.
3600 Block of Sunset 10851 Stolen vehicle found, recovered.
Suicidal subject in the 500 Block of West Arrellaga.
Scanner Reports, Thursday:
417 Brandishing a screwdriver outside the Press Room 15 East Ortega transient heading West toward State Street.
Check the Welfare of a transient at Starbucks 800 State Street with a possible broken jaw. I had one of those once punched myself out.
602 Trespassing in 3100 Block of Foothill juveniles smoking H and S inside a vacant home.
Report of stolen tool in 200 Block of Storke Road.
Landlord tenant 415 on Oceanview Animal control called for feline problem.
Injury traffic accident Castillo and Montecito bicycle vs vehicle.
People calling in complaining about helicopter noise unknown location they did not say where.
Report of a blind male standing the middle of the street Mission at DLV.
Code 40 down at 816 Cacique.
SBPD responding and surrounding home of possibly suicidal subject 984 Miramonte. The Standoff lasted several hours but they found no one in the home when they entered. I don't know if they ever did find him.
Another stolen vehicle found 1300 Blanchard.
484 South Patterson Protesters disturbing employees at GVCH intimidating them etc.
7th at Walnut report of 20 students fighting.
SBPD Attempt to locate 2 15 year old runaway girls from San Diego in the downtown Santa Barbara area.
Code 40 Drunk transient inside a room at the Double Tree.
Weldon at Cliff stray dog under arrest inside police car headed to the shelter.
4900 Block of 8th street 484 theft of cash from the Farmers Market.
415 Fight in the 1300 Block of San Pasqual.
415 Fight between 2 females at Dwight Murphy probably fighting over a man.
Sexual Assault I think the location was Veronica at Oceanview 18-20 year old WMA wearing khaki shorts.
1144 Death in the 800 Block of Grove.
Overdose Suicide attempt in the 800 Block of Bath street overdose of drugs.
Will that is all for now Folks. Have a great Weekend Dog Willing Me, Pooh Bear, and Belinda will see you on Monday. Roger
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