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September 26, 2022

Police blotter: Theft, drag racing, fighting

Lost hikers

Two female subjects called 911 to report they got lost while hiking up El Toro Mountain in west Morgan Hill. The hikers told dispatch that they didn’t want to climb down a section of the trail that looked too steep, and decided to take another route that was marked with “No Trespassing” and dog warning signs. A sheriff’s deputy arrived to assist the hikers down the hill. The incident was reported 2:33pm April 8, at West Hills Community Church on DeWitt Avenue.

Child locked in car

Fire department personnel broke a window of a vehicle to rescue a 7-month-old infant who was locked inside. Someone called 911 to report the child was locked in the GMC Sierra that was parked at the Centennial Recreation Center, 171 W. Edmundson Ave. Police and fire personnel responded and retrieved the child from the vehicle by breaking the window. The child was medically cleared and released to its mother. The incident was reported 3:08pm April 25.

Auto burglary

Someone entered a Buick LaCrosse parked on Leptis Circle, and stole a wallet. The crime was reported 4:35pm April 8.

Someone tried to break into an ambulance parked on West Main Avenue. The suspect, a male adult, was arrested on suspicion of public drunkenness. The incident was reported 12:14am April 27.

A suspect or suspects broke into a gray Honda Pilot in the Morgan Hill Library parking lot, 660 W. Main Ave., and stole unspecified items. The crime was reported 2:15pm April 25.

Someone smashed the window of a black Dodge Dart parked at Starbucks, 1041 Cochrane Road, and stole a purse. The crime was reported 2:20pm April 22.

Patrol checks

A resident of West Dunne Avenue told police the neighborhood has seen an increase in vandalism to vehicles, including eggings, key marks and doors kicked in. The vandalism has been occurring during the nighttime hours. The ongoing problem was reported 6:14pm April 8.

Someone broke into a 1995 Honda Accord on Peebles Avenue. The vehicle was ransacked, but the victim told police that nothing was stolen. The incident was reported 2:03pm April 26.


Someone called police to report five teenagers were riding around on top of a vehicle in the parking lot of Target, 1061 Cochrane Road. The incident was reported 7:29pm April 8.


A motorist in a PT Cruiser drove away from a gas station on Condit Road with the gas pump nozzle still inside the vehicle’s tank. The driver returned and offered to pay for damages to the gas pump. The incident was reported 8:49am April 27.

A male adult threw a rock through the window of Pink Elephant Bakery, shattering the window. Police caught up to the suspect and determined he had a warrant for his arrest, and he was subsequently arrested. The incident was reported 1:20pm April 28.

Petty theft

A male adult stole a cooler and batteries from Safeway, 235 Tennant Station Way. The theft was reported 4:38pm April 27.


At least two people were injured in a fight at The Hill, 17330 Monterey Road, early in the morning April 28. When police arrived to the scene, officers located a victim “covered in blood,” according to police reports. Others involved in the fight had already left the scene when officers arrived. Police later received a call from Saint Louise Regional Hospital in Gilroy, reporting a patient had entered the emergency room with facial injuries and said he had been assaulted earlier at The Hill. The fight was initially reported to police about 2am April 28.


Residents’ mail has been stolen “a few times” over the last month from homes on Sunnybrook Court. Stolen mail includes credit cards, which were fraudulently used after the theft. The fraud was reported 8:46am April 29.

Stolen vehicle

A silver 1990 Toyota Camry, which had been reported stolen out of San Jose, was found in the parking lot of Rite Aid, 16000 Monterey Road, in Morgan Hill. The vehicle was reportedly recovered 10:24am April 25.

A thief or thieves stole a silver 2003 Honda Accord from a spot on East Dunne Avenue. The vehicle was later recovered abandoned at a hit-and-run traffic accident near Watsonville and Day roads in Gilroy, from which the alleged driver fled on foot. The theft was initially reported 7:18pm April 22. The vehicle was involved in the accident about 7:30pm April 20.

Someone stole a white 2007 Chevrolet Silverado, which is owned by the City of Morgan Hill, from the parking lot of the public library, 660 W. Main Ave. The theft was reported 6:56pm April 19.

Theft attempt, warrant arrest

Morgan Hill Police detained two people who attempted to steal from Hobby Lobby, 990 Cochrane Road, while they had warrants out for their arrest. A store employee called police to report three adult suspects inside the store were attempting to conceal merchandise in an effort to steal it. The suspects did not leave the store with the merchandise, but police responded and contacted all three. Two were arrested on outstanding warrants, and all three were warned for trespassing at the store. The incident was reported 5:07pm April 23.

Four suspects—two men and two women—attempted to steal items from Target, 1061 Cochrane Road, but fled when they realized a store employee was on to them. The suspects left the store without the stolen items. The theft attempt was reported 6:35pm April 23.

Grand theft

A suspect or suspects stole about $2,400 worth of cosmetics merchandise from Rite Aid, 16000 Monterey Road. The theft was reported 3:35pm April 19.

Reckless vehicles

Numerous residents reported at least eight vehicles were drag racing the night of April 19 in the area of Monterey Road and Tilton Avenue. When police arrived, the racers had left the area. The recklessness was reported just after 10:15pm April 19.

All subjects are innocent until proven guilty. Information is compiled from public records.

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