Redlands Police Press Releases
As motorists take to the roads for the Memorial Day holiday, Redlands police are urging everyone to buckle up. Redlands Police will be lending their support to the 2013 national Click It or Ticket seat belt law campaign and looking for motorists who are not belted.
“As we kick-off the busy summer driving season it’s important that everyone buckles up every time they go out, both day and night – no excuses,” said Redlands Police Traffic Sgt. Jeremy Floyd. “Our officers are prepared to ticket anyone who is not wearing their seat belt – Click It or Ticket.”
Redlands Police are investigating a series of incidents in which teenage or younger females have been followed on their way to or from school. In most of the incidents the driver of the vehicle attempts to engage the girls in conversation. In one incident a 17-year-old high school student got into a car with the suspect before being dropped off a few minutes later.
The most recent incident occurred Monday, May 6, shortly before 9 a.m. when a teenage girl was approached as she walked to Redlands High School in the area of Church Street. A silver or white Mercedes Benz with tinted lens covers over the head lights and brake lights passed her several times before pulling into a parking lot near Church Street and Central Avenue and attempted to engage the girl in conversation and tried to get her in to his vehicle.
Police arrested a 34-year-old Yucaipa man for theft of copper wire from City light posts early Wednesday morning, the first success for the department’s newly created Community Response Unit.
Stanley Ray Tankersley was arrested shortly after 4 a.m. Wednesday, May 1, after police stopped him near the intersection of Colton Avenue and Orange Street for code violations and driving erratically. When they made contact with Tankersley, officers discovered gloves, tools and four coils of 8-guage wire in his 1994 Chevrolet Impala.
After investigation and interviews with Tankersley, officers determined he had recently stolen the wire from City light posts in the area of Crown Street, and Highland and Cedar avenues.
The Redlands Police Department’s Multiple Enforcement Team, along with agents from the California Department of Justice Bureau of Firearms, conducted an operation last week, contacting individuals listed in the state Armed Prohibited Persons System database, confiscating firearms from those legally prohibited from possessing them.
The state database lists people who previously purchased guns but have since become ineligible to possess them because of subsequent felony convictions, a history of domestic violence or severe mental illness or wanted persons.
RPD officers and state agents contacted 11 people throughout the City and confiscated 13 firearms. In addition, officers confiscated concealed weapons permits previously issued in California and Arizona.
Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a man who twice followed an 11-year-old girl on her way to and from a school bus stop last week.
The man, driving a vehicle described as a newer model, small, black SUV with tinted rear passenger windows, followed the girl as she walked from and to a bus stop in the area of Sun and Columbia streets Thursday afternoon and Friday morning, April 18 and 19.
During the second incident, the man began asking the girl various questions about her school and her clothing.
The man is described as a Hispanic male in his late 20s to mid 30s, with black hair, brown eyes, dark eyebrows, a mustache and yellow teeth. He spoke English with no accent.
The Redlands Police Department Traffic Unit will conduct a targeted “saturation” traffic patrol and additional traffic enforcement Saturday night and Monday, using funds from a state Office of Traffic Safety grant to pay overtime for additional officers.
Traffic officers will be watching for unsafe driving practices, including speeding, failure to stop at stop signs and red lights, texting or talking on a cell phone while driving, driving under the influence, unsafe turns and lane changes, and failure to wear a seatbelt or properly restrain children in appropriate safety seats.
The Redlands Police Department and the Redlands Unified School District Department of Public Safety along with the San Bernardino County Department of Public Safety and the California Bureau of Alcoholic Beverage Control are collaborating to promote a safe 2013 Redlands High School Prom this Saturday.
Police and campus safety were in the student parking lots at the RHS campus before 7 a.m. Tuesday, April 16, passing out educational materials on the dangers of texting while driving or driving while intoxicated.
During lunch, police and campus safety officers provided activities for students simulating the effects of alcohol on equilibrium and coordination. The activities included using “drunk goggles” that impair students’ vision while they attempted to walk a straight line or manipulate a tricycle around a cone pattern.
The Redlands Police Department will hold an eight-hour training class for multi-unit rental apartment managers/owners and single family rental property owners. The program is focused on education and reducing crime in apartments, condominium complexes and single family rental housing throughout the city.
The class will be held at Redlands Community Center, 111 W Lugonia Ave. Wednesday, April 24, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.. Please RSVP by April 22. Lunch will be provided. Cost is $5 to cover cost of lunch from Subway.
In the aftermath of Monday’s bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, the Redlands Police Department is instituting additional security measures for this weekend’s upcoming Run Through Redlands.
Police will not release information on specific security tactics for the Sunday, April 21, event, which typically brings several thousand runners to the streets of Redlands for sanctioned 5K, 10K and half-marathon events. There will be an additional police presence for the event.
Redlands Police are investigating an armed robbery that took place at a 7-11 store on Easter morning.
Police received the call shortly after 5 a.m. Sunday, March 31, reporting that two men armed with handguns entered the 7-11 store at 1161 W. Lugonia Ave. and held up two clerks.
The robbers forced one of the clerks at gunpoint to open the cash register. The men escaped with cash and a purse stolen from one of the employees. They were last seen fleeing south on foot.