NAPA, CA – On Monday, March 8, at around 7 p.m., deputies were sent to a shopping center in the 200 block of West Napa Street for a report of an aggressive panhandler. By the time deputies arrived, the panhandler had departed, but they saw a subject who matched the description standing in front of a convenience store across the street.
While chatting with the suspect, who was showing signs of intoxication, deputies spotted flames coming from the store’s dumpster and alerted the employees and called the fire department. After the fire was extinguished, the deputies decided to give the panhandling suspect, whom they knew from frequent contacts, a ride home.
The deputies then went back to the convenience store to view the surveillance tape to find out how the fire might have started. What they found was that the panhandling suspect was the person who apparently started the fire. They made another trip to the 50-year-old suspect’s house, this time to arrest him on arson charges.
In other incidents reported recently to Valley law enforcement:
Sunday, Feb. 28:
12:21 p.m. – An unknown suspect broke out a driver’s side window in a car in the 25000 block of Arnold Drive and absconded with a backpack that contained electronic equipment and other miscellaneous items valued at $800. There’s no suspect information.
Tuesday, March 2:
8:54 a.m. – Deputies responded to a call in the 600 block of Agua Caliente for a man running around and swinging his jacket at vehicles. A deputy found a man matching the description under the Agua Caliente bridge and recognized him from prior contacts. The deputy determined the 33-year-old Sonoma resident was under the influence of drugs and arrested him.
12:46 p.m. – Deputies responded to a business in the 17000 block of Highway 12 for vandalism. An unknown person damaged a window and a glass door with a BB gun. The damages were estimated at $420. Deputies also learned that a dolly, valued at $120, was stolen in December and in January, the victim’s truck received a small dent.
Friday, March 5:
12:56 p.m. – A resident in the 1500 block of Stage Gulch Road reported that he had been scammed after receiving a call from an unknown person purporting to be with the FBI. The faux FBI agent told the victim he had an arrest warrant for Social Security fraud, but he could pay a fine instead. The victim bought $3,000 worth of Target gift cards and provided the PIN to the faux agent.
Saturday, March 6:
2:59 p.m. – A resident in the 22000 block of Burndale Road reported that someone had broken into his car in the previous 20 minutes. The unknown suspect smashed a window and stole a satchel and a wallet with two credit cards. The value of the purloined items was $4,000. The only information the victim could provide was that the suspect was in a dark SUV.
Monday, March 8:
1:29 p.m. – Deputies recovered a stolen older Ford pickup truck in the 3700 block of Napa Road.