Here are some highlights from the latest edition of the Carmel Pine Cone Police Blotter.
BONUS QUESTION: My father-in-law was intimately involved in ONE of the incidents below. Can you guess which one?*
September 20, 2009
Carmel-by-the-Sea: Units responded to a reported verbal domestic dispute on Dolores Street. Officers contacted the female party, who advised her husband would not give her vehicle keys back to her. The husband stated he was holding her keys in return for Jazz Festival tickets that she was keeping from him. Both parties counseled and exchanged the desired property with each other.**
September 21, 2009
Carmel-by-the-Sea: Fire engine dispatched to a residence for a reported smell of smoke in the area. Crew made contact with a resident at the address and notified the occupant of the situation resulting from a fire in the fireplace.
September 23, 2009
Carmel-by-the-Sea: A Crespi resident reported finding a small portion of a cat and advised the officer of the location of the remains. The officer responded. It appeared it was involved with some type of wildlife and was transported to the department. No owner information could be found.
Carmel-by-the-Sea: A citizen found a loose dog on Santa Rita and attempted to contact the dog owner from the I.D. on the collar, but met with negative results. Person brought the dog to the Carmel Police Department for safekeeping. The owner was later contacted, and the dog was returned to the owner with fees paid and a warning given.
September 25, 2009
Carmel-by-the-Sea: Person reported that she wanted the police to talk to her guest and have her expedite her move out of her house. The person allowed the guest to stay in her house, and she has been there for about seven months. The person had told the guest that she wanted her out of the house by Oct. 1. Resident added that the guest said that she would try to get out by Oct. 1. Officer spoke with the guest and asked if she would be out of the house by Oct. 1. She said that she would try and showed that she had very little to move. Officer advised her to move something to her car every day. Officer told the resident to be patient and that the guest would try her best to get out. The resident accepted this and said she would be patient.
Pebble Beach: Two residents reported their home was burglarized, and 13 pieces of artwork worth $27 million, $3,100 in cash and a computer were taken.***
ANSWER: If you guessed "dog owner contacted with negative results", you win!! Sofi escaped by chewing through a locked gate, and proceeded to enjoy an afternoon out on the town. She reportedly had treats and a lot of attention at the station while waiting for a ride home. My father-in-law was out $52 in fines, plus the cost of repairing the gate.
*Clue: His incident does not involve part of a cat or $27 million worth of art.
** Red Herring alert: Although this sounds like it could have been me and my husband on our recent trip, it is not.
*** This particular incident was front page news, with the headline: "Art Heist Seems Fake, Cops Say". Read the full story here. There's even a bogus ransom note!