Police Log: Juvenile Shoplifter & Man Photographing Refinery Asked to 'Destroy' Photos

A digest of police calls from this past week in Benicia.


This is the crime bulletin for from the Benicia Police Department. Not all calls are included; click here to read the complete report from the department.

Monday, Feb. 11

9:47 a.m. - A juvenile female was arrested for shoplifting near Solano Square. She was cited and released to her parents. 

9:54 a.m. - Tresspassing: Police contacted the subject near 5th Street and asked the person to leave. 

11:57 a.m. - A caller requested to speak to an officer about a family issue. Contact was made and advice was given. 

3:49 p.m. - Suspicious Circumstance: A caller reported someone who was possibly siphoning gasoline into her vehicle. Police determined that the person owned the vehicle and was putting gas in, not taking it out. 

Tuesday, Feb. 12

12:43 a.m. - Adam Robert Moran, of Benicia, was arrested for DUI near Military West. He was cited and released.

2:02 p.m. - An officer was requested for a civil standby for a tenant/landlord/property issue near 2nd Street. Assistance was given. 

10:32 p.m. - A caller reported receiving harrassing messages. Police advised how to get a restraining order.

Wednesday, Feb. 13

3:28 a.m. Paul B Doolittle, of Benicia, was arrested for DUI and for a traffic accident. He was cited and released. 

7:30 a.m. - Suspicious Person: The caller reports someone taking pictures of the refinery. The subject said he was taking the photos for a project, and "agreed to destroy" them, according to police. 

9:25 a.m. - Graffiti on the buses at Kindercare. 

9:34 a.m. - Suspicious Person: reports of a person walking with no shoes or coat. The officer contacted the person, who it turns out was just out on a morning walk. 

11:18 a.m. - Reports of subjects selling equipment out of their vehicle. An arrest was made based on previous warrants. 

Thursday, Feb. 14

6:55 a.m. - Reports of gas siphoned from a business during the night. 

6:55 p.m. - Reports of hearing a shot fired near Steven. Police were unable to locate. 


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Joe Feltcher February 16, 2013 at 01:11 AM
Not bad. Keep it up.
Riley Willerson February 16, 2013 at 03:44 PM
Hey Joe , they were not from Vallejo, just drunks endangering the public safety . You see Joe we have are own issues as well. Amazes me how your blinders go on when its Benicia folk breaking the laws, why is that Joe?
Joe Feltcher February 16, 2013 at 05:51 PM
I'll take our "drunks endangering public safety" over what you have any day of the week,
Art February 16, 2013 at 11:35 PM
Publishing the DOB on the Patch for an accused DUI, or any other individual, seems to be a bit irresponsible, even if it's included in the PD's log. Publish his age, if you want, but why expose the poor guy to possible problems with ID theft. We very seldom see DOBs in print media. The Patch should take the "High Road." Shame on you..
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" February 16, 2013 at 11:47 PM
Shame the Drinks. Print there Name,DOB,HomeAddress,kids and wifes names. Napa patch has a story on a 5 time DUI "suspect"
Riley Willerson February 17, 2013 at 01:17 AM
Joe. now you really have become the village Jester/clown. Drunk drivers kill, I guess that slipped by you as you drank another PBR, wearing your wife beater T-shirt
Jon McNally February 17, 2013 at 02:26 AM
Suspicious Person: The caller reports someone taking pictures of the refinery. The subject said he was taking the photos for a project, and "agreed to destroy" I'm not sure what happened to my earlier post but I'll try again. Why was the guy taking photos asked to destroy them. Was he taking them from a public area? WHo asked him to destroy them? Why. By what authority? Remember kids photography is not a crime...jonmc
Marnix A. van Ammers February 17, 2013 at 07:58 PM
I believe there are a couple of places near gates to the refinery where it is posted not to take pictures. I think there is one such gate on West 2nd Street near Rose Drive. Possibly the person taking pictures was near such a sign. When I'm walking around Benicia, I generally take pictures of anything interesting. A couple of times I have been harassed by guards when I took pictures of new cars, fresh off the boat, parked in one of those lots on the southeast side of Benicia. Even though I was on public property, I'd just move along. Don't know if they had a legal leg to stand on.
Michelle Kye February 18, 2013 at 06:08 PM
"Suspicious Circumstance: A caller reported someone who was possibly siphoning gasoline into her vehicle. Police determined that the person owned the vehicle and was putting gas in, not taking it out. " This write-up is confusing. If I understand it correctly, the owner of a vehicle called police and stated that someone was siphoning gas into her car. That alone is odd because gas is usually siphoned out. It then states that police determined that the owner of the vehicle was putting gas into the car (not siphoning it out); however, that owner was apparently not the person who made the phone call as is implied in the first sentence, which states " ...possibly siphoning gasoline into her vehicle." You should clarify these two sentences.
Jon McNally February 18, 2013 at 06:15 PM
If you are on a public area/street you are within your rights to photograph anything you see-even if there is a 'sign'. The question is what is public and what isn't. 2nd St. and Rose are city streets therefore public areas. Are the streets in the industrial park public? Hard to say but like yourself I've been hassled by guards there. They couldn't explain why they were trying to limit photography.
Babaloo February 19, 2013 at 12:39 AM
Now since they closed the death penaly article regarding the MURDERER who killed the Police Officer Capoot in cold blood. we need to reopen the discussion. Fot the "editor" closed it which is censorship in my book. he did what he did, he killed a cop in cold blood. give him the death penalty. give it too him fast. don't wait 20 years, he did the crime. let him be punished swiftly. the death penalty is not racially biased, just so happens those who commit the crimes are " what " ? go for it,,i can hear it... " hmm,,i thought so... btw. he left a beautiful family. that scumb bag stole from them, he killed a man in cold blood. he should be given the death penalty. if you disagree..thats ok,,but if it was your father, brother, cousin, you would sing a different tune.
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" February 19, 2013 at 04:06 AM
He closed the section due to that Little racist boy. "The Black Panther of Poetry"
T. Gunter February 19, 2013 at 06:01 PM
I was wondering the same. Perhaps this needs to be delved into more deeply.
JC February 20, 2013 at 08:22 AM
I beleive it was Valero Security, that called Benicia PD to where the subject was. He was on Public land, but I'm sure that once the PD showed up, it was a simple case of "you'll stop taking pictures and destroy the ones you have - BECAUSE I TOLD YOU TO!!!" Benicia Police Officers are often dispatched to stop people from taking pictures, and seem to have a 100% success rate. In response to this, I'm gonna strongly suggest a PHOTO CONTEST. The theme: "Refining Benicia" The rules will be simple. Everyone may submit only one photo, and the only restrictions are that the photo must be taken within a pre-determined 24hour period. (and vehicles must be legally parked, no vehicles may be parked on Valero property, photo's must not be used for terrorist purposes, etc...) The prize? Bragging rights, and....... EVERYONE that participates, will know that they've done their part - to ensure the freedom of photographing whatever you want, whereever you want, whenever you want. If I get a strong response to this idea, I will move foward with the idea. What do you think????
T. Gunter February 20, 2013 at 07:53 PM
Me likey!
Jon McNally February 21, 2013 at 05:02 PM
Yes. A great idea...


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