Police Investigations

The purpose of this article is to share information on a recent Scripps Ranch crime and to help educate you on how to aid a police investigation.

The Case

On Aug. 22, many Scripps Ranch residents received an eblast, or email, sent out by the SRCA’s Neighborhood Watch via the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) about a suspect who allegedly exposed himself at two neighborhood parks. The eblast was to alert you for safety reasons, and to ask for your help to find additional witnesses or victims.

In addition to the eblast, detectives also visited both parks to talk with residents during the evenings the week after the crimes. The result of the investigation is that we have a suspect, but we lack sufficient evidence to arrest.

Understanding Investigation Protocol

After a crime report is taken by an officer, detectives are sometimes assigned the case for further investigation. This involves additional interviews, processing physical evidence, and often showing photographs to identify suspects. If a suspect is identified and probable cause exits that he or she has committed the crime, the suspect will be arrested or an arrest warrant issued.

In cases where an arrest occurs, the investigator will prepare reports to present to the district attorney’s office in the case of a felony, or the city attorney’s office in the case of a misdemeanor. Once a suspect is taken into custody, detectives have a 72-hour time period to get that arrest package to the D.A.’s office so the suspect can be arraigned. When officers or detectives are unable to establish probable cause, the case remains open indefinitely.

In the Scripps Ranch indecent exposure case, several citizens found a photograph of the possible suspect and displayed it in public places and to potential witnesses. This was an example of where citizens wishing to protect their community should work with detectives.

If a witness views a photograph of a possible suspect and then subsequently identifies that person in a police photo lineup, the identification is tainted. If you, or family members, are witnesses to a crime, do not look at photographs of possible suspects prior to the police conducting a proper photo lineup. This is why the media will often block out a suspect’s face on camera at the request of the police. These same cautions exist for social media, such as Facebook.

These procedures are concerning viewing photographs. There is nothing to prevent a victim or witness from looking for a suspect for the purpose of spotting them and calling the police. We want nothing more than for your community to be the safest it can be, and we must work together to achieve this goal.

If you have questions or concerns about a potential suspect, please send an email to the SRCA Neighborhood Watch at [[email protected]] asking them to verify the information with police first. We will get you an answer that benefits the police and D.A.’s office, as well as protects the public.

Susan Steffen, SDPD Community Resource Officer

Got Supplies?

3rd Annual SRHS Foundation Drive-By Supply Drive

The Scripps Ranch High School Foundation is sponsoring its third annual SRHS Drive-By Supply Drive on Tuesday, Oct. 9, from 5:30 to 7 pm in front of the school. Your donation of school supplies and health items allows SRHS to funnel its limited resources into other areas of support. With a campus of nearly 2,300 students, your gift of supplies will be utilized this school year.

You can drive by the front of the school and drop off donations. Supply items can be directed to a specific teacher or donated to the school or nurse. Donations are tax deductible and receipts will be available.

Here is a list of needed supplies:

School Supply Items

  • Copy paper: white/color, 8" x 11"
  • College-ruled paper with three holes
  • Graph paper with 4 x 4 squares
  • 12" rulers
  • Scissors
  • Dry erase markers, all colors
  • Sharpies
  • Highlighters
  • Laser printer Avery 5160 address labels and name badges
  • Batteries: AA, AAA and 9-volt
  • Glue sticks
  • Standard-size staples
  • Blue painters tape
  • Index cards
  • Transparent tape, dispenser refill size
  • Ballpoint pens, medium and fine, black, blue, and red
  • Antibacterial wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • First-class stamps
  • Post-its note pads, all sizes/colors
  • Tissue
  • HP cartridge #05A, #11A, HP #60 black, HP #60 color, HP #92 black, HP #93 black
  • Fashion magazines: Vogue, InStyle, Seventeen, department store catalogues, and so forth
  • Woven fabric larger than yard
  • Sewing notions: thread, zippers, trims, and more

Health Supply Items

  • Cough drops, sugar-free and regular
  • Tylenol
  • Advil
  • Tums
  • Antibacterial hand soap
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Thermometers
  • Ziploc sandwich bags
  • Snacks: granola bars, juice boxes, and more
  • Lysol spray

For more details, visit the SRHS website at [www.srhsfalcons.org] or contact Lori Erlenbach at [[email protected]].

Fall Clean-Up Day

Our annual Fall Clean-Up Day sponsored by the SRCA and Scripps-Mira Mesa Kiwanis Club is on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 8 am to noon. The two drop-off locations are the Business Park parking lot on Meanley Drive and the SRCA Community Center parking lot on Cypress Canyon Road. Bring your disposal items to the locations. However, please do not bring construction debris, paint, or electronics. To get rid of your electronics free, see the next article.

Free E-Waste Drop-Off

The Scripps Ranch High School’s Senior Grad Night Committee will hold a free E-Waste Drop-Off fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 9 am to 1 pm in the Vons parking lot at 10016 Scripps Ranch Boulevard. This is a free opportunity for you to discard unwanted electronic items. The event benefits the SRHS Foundation Senior Grad Night.

What can you drop off? TVs, monitors, computers, LCD and CRT screens, plasma screens, laptops, printers, copiers, faxes, scanners, computer towers, stereo systems, cell phones, speakers, telephones, uninterruptable power supply (UPS), VCRs, DVD players, servers, power cords, cables, and strips.

This event is sponsored by Recycle San Diego, a local company that specializes in complete e-waste recycle services. It is also sponsored by Jenn and Lennie, real estate professionals.

Free Document Shredding

Free document shredding is back by popular demand during Fall Clean-Up Day! Coldwell Banker in Scripps Ranch, the 25+-year sponsor of the Scripps Ranch Annual Garage Sale, will again sponsor this service. Bring your expired and outdated documents to the large truck in the Coldwell Banker parking lot at 12036 Scripps Highlands Drive–next to Chili’s–on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 9 am and noon. To expedite shredding for all, please limit your load to three file boxes of ready-to-shred materials. Call the Coldwell Banker office at 578-5510 with any questions.

Summer’s Not Over Yet! There’s an October Concert

For the first time, Symphony in the Park has a concert in October. The weather is beautiful this time of year, and we just can’t get enough of the concerts!

Siren’s Rush will play at Hoyt Park starting at 5 pm–note the earlier time–and is sponsored by Pete Johnson and Jus’ Baby Blues. Siren’s Crush is a seven-piece dance band with high energy and a young, modern sound. The industry is branding the group "a new Destiny’s Child with the energy and diversity of the Black Eyed Peas." It will be fun!

If you want a good spot, get there early and remember your low-back chair and picnics, but please leave your pets at home. As usual we will have free face painting for the kids.

Please spread the word to your family and neighbors and tell them to visit [www.symphonyinthepark.org] for ways to support our nonprofit organization. Your donations are tax deductible!

2012 Concert Schedule:

  • Sunday, Oct. 7–Siren’s Rush, concert host: Pete Johnson and Jus’ Blues Baby
  • Sunday, Dec. 2–Holiday concert, concert host: SR Old Pros

Check out our Facebook page; just search "Scripps Ranch Symphony in the Park" on [www.Facebook.com] to become a friend of the Symphony and download your Rubio’s flyer. Take the flyer in on concert day and Rubio’s will donate a percentage of your purchase to the Symphony in the Park. Thanks!

Kate Northcote

Becky’s Gift

Please help Scripps Ranch moms make a difference again this holiday season! Last year we collected more than 750 toys for families affected by cancer at the Medical and Surgical Oncology Associates of San Diego and UCSD Moores Cancer Center. We give families the opportunity to select a gift for their loved ones while receiving treatment for cancer. The response from our community, family, friends, businesses, schools, and Girl Scout troops was tremendous!

We are reaching out to everyone again with a goal to collect more than 1,000 toys this year! If you would like to donate a toy, host a toy drive, or put a toy collection box at your business, we would appreciate your help. Please contact Becky Walton at 442-4806 or [[email protected]] or Christie Jackson at [[email protected]] or 204-5534. For more information go to [www.facebook.com/BeckysGift]. Thank you, Scripps Ranch!

Becky and Christie

Join a Community Tradition

Where were you in 1994? Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP) started that year! This organization started as "eyes and ears" for our community. Since then we have donated 175,000 hours. We need more volunteers to carry on this tradition. We make house calls on senior citizens who may live alone, home checks for vacationers, cruise the neighborhoods looking for unusual activity, and, most of all, just show our presence.

How can you join? You must have a valid California driver’s license, be 50 years or older, retired or semiretired, go through a background check, spend one week at an academy, and donate only 3 days a month. For more information or to make a donation, please contact John Sunde, RSVP administrator, at 538-8156 or [[email protected]]. Our community needs your help.

Pat Clark, RSVP Board Member

Trick or Treat at the SR Farmers Market

We want to see all your little ghosts, goblins, and princesses trick or treating at the Scripps Ranch Farmers Market on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 9 am to 1 pm. We love to see the great costumes, but they are not necessary. All of our vendors hand out treats or prizes.

We also will have the "Penguin Treasure Hunt" where kids can pick out toys from a treasure chest, and there will be a balloon artist. Order your food, cookies, and treats from the vendors for your Halloween parties. The market is located in the Innovations Academy parking lot at 10380 Spring Canyon Road.

Free Halloween Fun!

Scripps Ranch Marketplace welcomes little ghosts, goblins, and parents at its annual Halloween event on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 1 to 5 pm. This fun-filled time includes free treat bags, free fire engine rides, a free giant slide, and a free family photo. Merchants in the center will provide free treats for all children dressed in costume and with an adult as they trick or treat at the stores. Scripps Ranch High cheer squad members will help with this annual event.