Crime Bulletin – March 2021

Posted on May 3, 2021


Crimes Investigated

Vehicle Burglary

During the month of March, there were two (2) reports of vehicles being burglarized.

Stolen Vehicle

During the month of March, there were four (4) reports of a vehicles being stolen or embezzled.  Four stolen vehicles were recovered by Colma Police Officers during the month.


During the month of March, the Colma Police Department received twenty-seven (27) reports of theft related crimes and made nine (9) arrests ranging from petty theft, grand theft, shoplifting, identity theft, burglary, and embezzlement.

Towed Vehicles

During the month of March, there were nine (9) vehicles towed for violations ranging from arrested suspects, expired registration over six months, and abandoned vehicles.


During the month of March, patrol officers made a total of sixteen (16) arrests for drug and alcohol related charges, which included two (2) arrests for driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.

Attempted Vehicle Theft/Assault with Deadly Weapon/Resisting Police Officer

On 03/01/21 at 7:58pm, Colma Police Officers arrested a male adult for multiple felony charges including fraudulently purchasing a vehicle under false pretenses on the 400 block of Serramonte Boulevard.  During the arrest, an associated vehicle at the same location, was stopped by a Colma Sergeant and the male suspect driving the vehicle ran into/hit the Sergeant while fleeing the area.

The Milpitas PD located the vehicle and suspect that hit the Sergeant on the following day and took him into custody without further incident.

Further investigation revealed that the first arrested suspect was on Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS) out of Santa Clara County and had just been released from Prison.  He was found to be involved with fraudulently purchasing 7 (stolen) vehicles and victimizing at least 10 confirmed victims throughout Northern California.  Colma Investigators brought the case to The California Attorney General due to the multitude of crimes committed in numerous different counties within the State and the AG accepted the case.  Both suspects are still in custody in the San Mateo County Jail with one of the suspects being charged with over 40 felony charges by the Attorney General.

Arson/Grand Theft X19

On 03/16/21, Colma Police Officers were informed that a fire had been lit inside of the Target store in Colma on 03/15/21, that was immediately extinguished by employees.  There was no injuries and no damage to the business.  Further investigation revealed that a female had set the fire inside the store as a distraction while she stole $630.00 worth of merchandise from the business.  The suspect then entered into a vehicle and drove away.  The female suspect was identified and suspected of committing over 19 Arson/Thefts in and around the Bay Area, all at Target Stores.  Several Northern California Police Agencies have identified the female as the suspect in identical cases and she was recently taken into custody by the Mountain View Police Department and booked into the Santa Rita Jail in Alameda County.

County-Wide Efforts

Officer Melendrez participated in the San Mateo County Saturation Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP).  No Colma Police Officers participated in San Mateo County Gang Task Force deployment as the detail was cancelled.

Community Events

  • 03/10/21, Council Meeting via Zoom
  • 03/17/21, Senior Luncheon Deliveries
  • 03/20/21, Food Drive
  • 03/20/21, 426 C Street Birthday Drive By
  • 03/24/21, Council Meeting via Zoom
  • 03/26/21, Face Mask Giveaway

March Statistics

Arrests 35
Reports Taken 103
Traffic Citations 31
Parking Citations 233
Automobile Collisions 4

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