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April 8 — San Rafael Police have completed the first phase of an operation aimed at curbing crime in the downtown transit center corridor.
Earlier this year the City experienced an increase in violent crime in and around the C. Paul Bettini Transit Center, located in the city’s downtown. The problems were concentrated in what was termed the “Transit Corridor,” the area extending west on Second and Third Streets from Tamalpais Avenue to B Street.
Police Department staff met with members of partner agencies to identify the problems and develop a response plan. Members of the police department’s Street Crimes Unit, Foot Beat Unit, Detectives and Patrol Teams, along with representatives of the Adult Probation Department, Marin County District Attorney’s Office, the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and other agencies created a three phased plan with short, intermediate, and long-term goals. In addition to working with partner public agencies, the police department conducted outreach to involve private business stakeholders in the vicinity that were experiencing crimes and other associated negative impacts. Local merchants including Marin Film Works, the Golden Gate Bridge and Transportation District, and Extreme Pizza volunteered to work with the police department in resolving crimes associated with their premises and pledged to work in collaboration to reduce the perception of crime around their businesses.
In the beginning of March, SRPD and partner agencies launched a high-visibility program as well as a series of undercover operations. Officers both in uniform and in plain clothes contacted 473 individuals and made 79 arrests. The arrests were for a variety of offenses including: drug dealing, warrants for both violent and property crime violations, sex offender violations, probation violations and for alcohol intoxication. During the operation, five foot chases originated from the transit center involving suspected drug violators and resulted in their arrests. There was also an attempted purse snatch on-viewed by officers working the assignment. This attempted robbery occurred on the corner of Third St and Lincoln Ave during commute hour.
The department is now in a transitional phase with this operation, and will continue to work with our merchants and outside agencies toward some voluntary change in local business practices as well as some more enforcement of state laws related to alcohol sales and review of local municipal codes.
April 5 — Arrests Made in Burglary and Vandalism Series
Three young San Rafael men are in custody for a San Rafael burglary case and they have been linked to numerous other burglaries and vandalisms committed during the past two months.
Yesterday, School Resource Officer Cpl. Roy Leon was at Terra Linda High School investigating the burglary of the school’s “snack shack.” The snack shack, a conex storage container used to store candy and snacks sold at athletic events, was broken into and vandalized over the weekend of March 23rd. Food, cash and supplies totaling $180.00 were taken and the box sustained extensive damage. Cpl. Leon received information that a 16 year old TLHS student may have been involved. The male student was interviewed and admitted to the burglary. Further investigation implicated two of his friends as accomplices, one who is currently a senior at the school and the other a TLHS graduate. They were interviewed by San Rafael detectives and all three admitted involvement in numerous burglaries and vandalisms in the Terra Linda, Marinwood, and Santa Venetia neighborhoods. The trio was arrested for the school burglary and additional charges will soon follow.
Kyle Collins, 19, and Kyle McGauley, 18, were arrested for burglary and vandalism. A search of McGauley’s car produced a pellet gun and ammunition and resulted in the additional charges of bringing a weapon and ammunition on to school grounds for McGauley. Both adults were booked at Marin County Jail and their bail was set at $15,000. The juvenile was booked at Marin County Juvenile Hall on charges of burglary and vandalism.