Redlands Police Press Releases
Redlands Police are investigating an armed bank robbery in the 200 block of East State Street Monday morning.
Shortly before 9:15 a.m. Monday, Dec. 9, a suspect described as a white or light-skinned Hispanic male, dressed in black jacket with black scarf-like material over his face, blue jeans, a black baseball cap, white gloves and white tennis shoes, walked into the Security Bank branch at 201 E. State St. The suspect pointed a handgun at the teller and demanded cash. He exited the bank and walked north on 6th Street.
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
This holiday season, the Redlands Police Department will be out in force cracking down on impaired drivers with special DUI/Drivers License Checkpoints. A checkpoint is scheduled for Dec. 20, at a location to be determined to help keep roads safe for holiday travelers.
The Redlands Police Department is giving fair warning to all partygoers. “In addition to DUI/Drivers License Checkpoints, you will also see us making lots of stops during this highly visible enforcement period,” said Sgt. Jeremy Floyd, who supervises the RPD Traffic Unit. “If we suspect anyone is driving while under the influence, officers will show zero tolerance for drunk or drugged driving.”
Four men were cited after buying alcohol for teen-age Redlands Police volunteers Wednesday. The volunteers approached people outside several local businesses. The enforcement effort, known as a “shoulder tap operation,” was part of a $23,714 grant from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
On Wednesday, Nov. 20, two volunteers, a 19-year-old female and an 18-year-old male, accompanied by a Redlands Police officer, stood outside local businesses on Colton Avenue, Orange Street and Redlands Boulevard and offered to give people entering the stores money to buy beer.
The Redlands Police Department issued more than 40 traffic citations and arrested two people for driving under the influence during grant-funded enforcement operations over the past week.
Officers issued 22 traffic citations for violations including speeding, running stop signs and failure to yield to a pedestrian during a traffic enforcement detail Wednesday, Nov. 21. Two vehicles were towed, one due to expired registration and another due to an unlicensed driver.
The Redlands Police Department and several local businesses are collecting toys for the 16th Annual Children’s Christmas Block Party. This year’s toy drive is critically important. Grant funding has been limited this year making the contributions of donors even more important to provide toys and other gifts to local children during the annual event. In the prior years, toy drive contributions were matched by grants, providing more than 1,000 toys and other gifts to our community, local shelters and families in crisis.
The Redlands Police Department will again offer a personal self-defense and safety seminar designed especially for women, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Redlands Community Center Gymnasium.
The seminar, part of the Redlands Police Department’s Street Smart program, is designed to increase participants’ level of awareness and minimize their risk of victimization.
The Redlands Police Department Traffic Unit will conduct a DUI/drivers license checkpoint from 9:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, through 2:30 a.m. the following day in the southbound lanes of Cajon Street south at Cypress Avenue.
Officers will contact drivers passing through Friday’s checkpoint looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Officers will also check drivers for proper licensing and will strive to delay motorists only momentarily. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving.
Redlands Police recovered two 7-foot cow costumes stolen in separate restaurant burglaries and arrested a suspect after RPD officers found the costumes advertised for sale online.
The cow costumes, created for Chick-Fil-A restaurant, were stolen in two separate burglaries from the Redlands restaurant’s storage facility earlier this year.
RPD officers contacted the seller after seeing one of the distinctive 7-foot costumes made to represent the restaurant’s trademark cow mascots for sale on Craigslist last week. The officer indicated on the phone with the seller that he was interested in buying the bovine attire as a Halloween costume. When the seller told the officer that he had two for sale for $350 apiece, the officer replied that it would make the perfect his-and-hers costumes for him and his wife.
Redlands Police are seeking the public’s help in locating a missing 64-year-old man.
Mohamed Ali, 64, was reported missing by staff at Braswell’s Colonial Care, 1618 Laurel Ave., Friday morning, Nov. 1 He was last seen by staff getting on a bus at about 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 31. It is unknown where he was going although one staff member overheard him say he may be going to Moreno Valley.
Ali is a native of Egypt and has no family in the United States.
Ali is 5 feet, 7 inches tall, weighs 180 pounds, has black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a black jacket, black or green shirt and black pants.