Vehicle burglaries, drunk driving offenses and bouts of violence marred an otherwise beautiful Labor Day weekend as the temperatures were near perfect for holiday outings at the lake or picnics at the park.
According to police, there was plenty of action on the streets but not the kind Oakdaleans would’ve have liked as there were multiple vehicle burglaries — possibly perpetrated by one suspect — and six DUI arrests with five cars towed.
In the case of the vehicle burglaries, there were at least six that were hit, three were parked in the parking lot at the high school and the owners of the vehicles had only been there a short time before the crime occurred.
“The victims said they were only away from the car about 10 to 15 minutes when the window was smashed and their purse was stolen,” Lt. Vernon Gladney shared of the crimes. “We think it’s someone who was driving around the large parking lots in town looking for an opportunity to steal something.”
Witnesses state they saw a gray van driven by a Hispanic male with a goatee and sideburns, approximately 175 pounds when the crime occurred. Anyone with information regarding these thefts is urged to call Det. Guillermo Manriquez or Lt. Lester Jenkins at the Oakdale Police Department.
Avoid The 12 traffic enforcement was in effect, which enabled two extra officers to patrol the streets on Saturday. Sunday saw the most arrests for DUI with three people getting nabbed for driving under the influence. There were 12 field sobriety tests during the saturation patrol period.