A man hit a suspect in a vehicle burglary with a cane as the suspect attempted to flee the scene of the crime Nov. 16.
According to reports, after the man saw someone break into his mother’s car on the 200 block of North First Street in Patterson near midnight, he hit the suspected burglar on the right arm as he chased him down the street. He was unable to detain him.
The burglar succeeded in stealing a Pioneer stereo valued at $100 out of the vehicle after smashing the driver’s side rear window, police said.
• 8:40 a.m.: A woman reported to police that someone tampered with her vehicle’s gas tank overnight, leaving plastic shavings and a metal fuel tank bracket bent out of shape. Police were unable to find a suspect due to a lack of fingerprints on the vehicle. The victim told police she also experienced vehicle vandalism two years ago at her former home, where vandals covered her car in motor oil and pierced her tires with nails.
• Items in this column include a sample of reports in the Patterson Police Services dispatcher’s daily log. Additional information is based on reports from officers. Charges may have been added or dropped as of press time, and all suspects are assumed innocent until proven guilty.