The Rancho Murieta Association’s recent decision to install cameras at the parks paid off when suspects were caught on video breaking out glass blocks at the Riverview Park restroom. Three suspects were identified from the surveillance video. They were two girls and a boy, all age 11, Security Chief Greg Remson said Tuesday. He also outlined a string of golf-club thefts in which the clubs apparently are being sold by the thieves.
Remson said the Riverview Park restroom vandalism was caught by cameras about 4 p.m. April 19.
“RMA installed a four-camera video recording system at Riverview Park, and that was due to the continuing vandalism of the glass blocks that are on the west side of the building. They did exactly what they were supposed to do,” Remson told the Community Services District Security Committee Tuesday. “They captured three juveniles throwing rocks and breaking out some of the glass blocks. We tracked down those juveniles and their parents.”
The parents were issued an RMA citation for vandalism, “a rule that carries an automatic fine, and then they were also responsible for restitution,” Remson said. “So that worked out well. ... Hopefully that will send a message, and they’ll never do it again, and their friends will look twice.”
Following the committee meeting, Remson said the incident occurred about a week after the RMA Maintenance Department installed the video recorder and four-camera system. The glass blocks let light into the restrooms at Riverview and Stonehouse parks and have been the target of vandals “for some time,” he said. RMA Maintenance personnel repair the damage, and “it’s an expensive and time-consuming ordeal to replace those glass blocks,” Remson said.
One option for addressing the crime would have involved the Sheriff’s Department, Remson said. “The other option is to cite (the parents) for a homeowner’s rule violation, and vandalism is one of those rule violations. It includes an automatic fine and restitution. And that was done.”
In March, the RMA board approved using $2,500 from exclusive use funds to purchase and install four-camera surveillance systems for Stonehouse, Riverview and Gazebo parks to combat chronic vandalism of the restroom facilities. RMA Maintenance Manager Rod Hart said at the March board meeting that a recent incident had caused $1,100 in damage to the glass blocks at the Riverview Park restroom.
Thieves target golf clubs
Four thefts of golf bags and clubs occurred last month, Remson said. Golf bags were taken from golf carts parked outside during the evening hours in two instances, while thieves had access to unlocked garages in the other thefts, Remson said.
Aside from an empty golf bag a fisherman at Lake Clementia reeled in, the stolen property has not been recovered, according to Remson. “It looks like they’re probably selling the clubs, but the bags are more readily identifiable,” he told the committee.
The incidents occurred on the North, starting April 1 on Robles Grandes. A second theft was reported on Cazador April 10, and a third theft of clubs from a garage on Chesbro Circle was reported April 19. On April 24, a golf bag and clubs were reported stolen from a golf cart parked in front of a garage on Guadalupe Drive the previous evening.
Remson reminded residents not to leave their property unattended and to file a report with the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department if they are the victim of a theft. He asked that any suspicious activity be reported to Security at at 354-2273 (CARE). For emergencies, call 911, and then notify Security.
Crime victims can file a report with the Sheriff's Department by contacting the James L. Noller Safety Center at 354-8509 or using the online reporting system at www.sacsheriff.com.
The CSD recently joined the WeTip program through its insurance company, which funds rewards of up to $1,000 for tips about crimes that occur in the district. Anonymous tips are reported to WeTip through an 800 number or the WeTip website. After WeTip receives the information, it is provided to the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department and the Security Department for action. Those who report a crime tip can remain anonymous.
To contact WeTip, call 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or visit wetip.com. There is also a link on the CSD web site, rmcsd.com.